GBA State Championship


September 9, 2023
Griffin City Park


The story of noted western figure John Henry “Doc” Holliday finds its beginning in Griffin, Georgia. Considered by some as just another gambler and gunslinger, his life was, to put it simply, complicated.The Hollidays lived in Griffin the first 13 years of Doc’s life. They headed to Valdosta in 1864 in efforts to escape Sherman’s March to the Sea. Following his graduation from Dental School, Doc returned to Griffin and established a dental practice downtown. However, his return did not last long as he soon headed west to Texas. While fact and fiction have blurred with time, we proudly recognize Griffin’s noble, native son. We invite you to celebrate John Henry “Doc” Holliday with us this September!



The Doc Holliday BBQ Championship will be held in conjunction with the Doc Holliday Festival and will be held in Griffin City Park, September 9, 2023.  Prepare your best pork loin, pulled pork, or pork rib for a chance to compete for a portion of the $13,000 total payout.  Ancillary contests for brisket, steak, wings, and desserts will also be held.  Sign up early for registration discounts.  The Doc Holliday BBQ Championship is a Georgia BBQ Association event.

Contest Schedule

Friday:                                                                       Saturday:
8:00am Cook Team Check In &                            7:00am Breakfast (Teams & Judges)
Meet Inspection Begins                                          Turn In Times Available on Contest Form
5:00pm GBA Cook Team Meeting                        4:00pm Awards Ceremony (Tentative)
4:00pm Steak Cookoff Team Meeting
6:00pm welcome reception
11pm-7am Quiet Time

Vendor Info

Become a part of the festivities for the Mid Georgia Doc Holliday Festival, one of the largest events happening in Historic Downtown Griffin, GA this fall. This will be a very fun event and an opportunity for you to showcase your business and/or products. Vendors may register to participate by completing the attached form. Please register prior to September 1st.

Vendor Application

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