Cookin' at the Creek BBQ Cook Off

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Cookin’ at the Creek is the culminating event of the Greater Longview United Way annual campaign, happening each March at Bear Creek Smokehouse. Through great food, good music, and good times, we hope to raise awareness and celebrate the success of the campaign.

Who doesn’t enjoy great BBQ and a little friendly competition? Teams compete for bragging rights and some pretty awesome trophies! Enter a cook team (or multiple) and be sure to bring a crew to cheer you on!

If you don't cook, just come eat and have fun! There will be a live show, lots of activities for the kids, and plenty of delicious BBQ!

The Cookin’ at the Creek BBQ Cook-Off fundraiser for the Greater Longview United Way (GLUW), originally scheduled for March 24 and 25, has been canceled due to weather conditions.

“While the forecast looks favorable for Saturday, current projections predict showers and thunderstorms throughout the day on Friday, when our competitors cook their food for the event,” said Evan Dolive, executive director of GLUW. “Safety is our number one priority. We won’t ask the cook teams to work in a field during a thunderstorm so we can move forward with the event.”

The planned raffle will continue for prizes like a Napoleon Built-In Grill, the ultimate fire pit from Solo Stove, and a one-year supply of bacon. The raffle drawing will be held on Wednesday, March 29, and broadcast on GLUW’s Facebook page.

Cook teams and attendees already registered for Cookin’ at the Creek may either let it serve as a donation to United Way or request a refund.

“We know how much everyone was looking forward to this event, and are disappointed to have to make this decision,” said MaryAnn Hagenbucher, GLUW board president. “We are grateful for our community’s continued support and look forward to bringing back the Cookin’ at the Creek BBQ Cook-Off next year.”

For questions or additional information, please call Greater Longview United Way at 903-758-0191.


You can still enter our raffle for prizes like a Napoleon Built-In Grill, the ultimate fire pit from Solo Stove, and a one-year supply of BACON! Raffle tickets are available NOW until Tuesday, March 28th!  

(The drawing will take place on Wednesday, March 29th at 2 PM on our Facebook page. Prizes must be picked up from our office in Longview, TX.) 

Check out the complete list of prizes at

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