Canceled for 2020. See you in 2021!

The New Holland Summer Fest,
A Pennsylvania State Championship

Located in the heart of Lancaster County, PA 72 teams from the U.S. and Canada descend upon New Holland Community Park to compete. All KCBS Rules Apply. Barbeque will be evaluated for taste, appearance and texture. The winner will automatically be invited to the American Royal Invitational Contest in Kansas City, MO.

The New Holland Summer Fest Committee has decided to CANCEL our 2020 New Holland Summer Fest taking place on August 28 and 29, 2020.  This decision was not made lightly and we spent hours discussing before a decision was made.  Due to the statewide shutdowns and mandates from our PA Governor about how each county reopens, we do not know what Lancaster County will look like in August.

The New Holland Borough, which owns the park where the New Holland Summer Fest takes place, told us they will be following the Governor’s guidelines and will not permit an event such as Summer Fest as long as the social distancing guidelines remain.  Though predictions say that Lancaster County will be “Green” by August, that only allows for groups of 250 people to gather.  In which case, the New Holland Borough would not allow our event to happen.

Also, the planning that goes into such a large event needs months of preparation.  With the recent PA closings, the New Holland Summer Fest Committee has not been able to meet to accomplish our preparation goals.  So, we are months behind where we should be to get ready for our large event.

We hope you understand our decision and accept our apology for cancelling our beloved event.  If your team has already registered, we will hold your registration fee for our 2021 season on August 27 & 28. 

Thank you again for your understanding and we hope you and your families are well.


Thank you for your support of Summer Fest 2019.

We are very excited about the 22th annual New Holland Summer Fest which will be held on Friday and Saturday, August 27-28, 2021.  We hope to see you there.  Our goal is to provide a fun weekend for everyone.  We work hard to take care of the teams and make sure everything goes smoothly for the contest.  This is the state championship, so don’t miss the fun.

Be sure to read our FAQ, and information about contestant registration, vendor registration, guidelines, information on lodging, directions and location, and more.

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2019 Schedule

Friday – 8/23
8:00am Teams Arrive & Meat Inspection Begins
10:45am Park Opens to Public
11:00am Vendors Open
7:00pm KCBS Cooks Meeting
7:30pm Music Concert (More details to come)
10:30pm Park Closes to Public
11:00pm Sound Curfew
Saturday – 8/24
7:30am NH Summer Fest Breakfast
8:45am Park Opens to Public
9:00am Judges Sign-in
10:00am Judges Meeting
11:30am Sausage Turn-in
12:00pm Chicken Turn-in
12:30pm Pork Ribs Turn-in
1:00pm Pork Turn-in
1:30pm Brisket Turn-in
2:00pm Chef’s Choice Turn-in & DJ Spinning Tunes from Main Stage
3:00pm Whole Hog Turn-in
4:30pm Award Ceremony



New Holland Summer Fest
339 East Main Street
New Holland, PA 17557