Sullivan Catskills Visitors Association SCVAFree Event for All Ages at Walnut Mountain Park on June 15

Liberty, NY (April 16, 2024) – The Sullivan Catskills Visitors Association (SCVA), Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce, Town of Liberty and Town of Liberty Parks and Recreation Department are excited to announce that Catskills Barbeque, an official sanctioned event of the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS), will be coming to Walnut Mountain Park in Liberty on June 15.

This free event will be held from 12-6 p.m. and is fun for the whole family. Barbeque stars from the region and our backyard will compete for bragging rights and a $1,000 prize purse! All are welcome to show off their BBQ skills in categories including chicken and ribs; entry fees are $125 for KCBS members and $20 for amateurs.

Attendees can expect local food and BBQ specials, kids’ activities, vendors, beer, wine, spirits, and live music. Whether you're a seasoned BBQ aficionado or just looking for a fun day out with the family, there's something for everyone at this not-to-be-missed event.

"We're thrilled to bring the Catskills Barbeque to Liberty for delicious food and family fun," said Roberta Byron-Lockwood, SCVA President and CEO. "The Catskills are known for their natural beauty and rich culinary heritage, and we can't wait to showcase the best of both worlds at this summer’s event. It's going to be a day filled with mouthwatering flavors and expert chefs all right here in Liberty."

There’s also a great mission behind the Catskills Barbeque—all proceeds will go to Warrior Companion, a nonprofit that provides pet insurance for the service animals of disabled veterans.

“Walnut Mountain is right in our backyard, and we’re happy to be bringing this event here,” said Jack Bodolosky, President of the Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce and Founder of Warrior Companion. “And it’s important to me to support my brothers and sisters with their service animals, which helps tremendously with PTSD.”  

“We're so excited to be sanctioning the Catskills Barbecue on June 15th, this will be a one-of-a-kind BBQ competition in the beautiful Walnut Mountain Park,” said Rod Gray, Chief Executive Officer of Kansas City Barbeque. “It's the perfect event to bring your family for Father's Day weekend. Be sure to mark your calendars -- you won't want to miss it!" 

There are still spots available to enter your team to compete in the BBQ contest, as well as spots to be a vendor. Applications can be found on the website,

The Catskills Barbeque will take place on Saturday, June 15 at Walnut Mountain Park, 73 Walnut Mountain Rd, Liberty, NY 12754. Admission is free to the public with free parking. Be sure to mark your calendars and bring your appetite for an unforgettable day in the Sullivan Catskills!

For more information, visit or contact the Sullivan Catskills Visitors Association at 845-747-4449.


Isabel Braverman, Brand & Coms Manager; SCVA
Sarah Halpern, Events Director, SCVA

About the Kansas City Barbeque Society
The Kansas City Barbeque Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and enjoying barbeque, is the world's largest organization of barbeque and grilling enthusiasts with over 16,000 members worldwide. Recognizing barbeque as America's Cuisine, the mission of the Kansas City Barbeque Society is to celebrate, teach, preserve and promote barbeque as a culinary technique, sport and art form.

About the Sullivan Catskills Visitors Association
The Sullivan Catskills Visitors Association’s purpose is to promote and support the Sullivan County Catskills natural, cultural and recreational assets to optimize tourism revenue. It also aspires the Sullivan Catskills to be a premier multi-seasonal travel destination in New York State.

About Warrior Companion
The Warrior Companion Foundation, based in Austin, Texas is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing health care insurance for service animals of wounded American veterans. Achieved through institutional and individual partnerships, the Foundation seeks to minimize the veteran’s concerns related to their service animal’s care.