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The United Pipe Clubs of America (UPCA) was organized in 2002 as a national federation of pipe clubs in the United States. Its purpose is to promote and protect the interests of the American pipe smoking community by encouraging and assisting in the formation of local pipe clubs and actively supporting their activities, including pipe shows and pipe smoking competitions.  The UPCA annually sponsors national and regional pipe smoking contests.
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2024 National Pipe Smoking Contest

The 2024 National Pipe Smoking Contest was held on Saturday April 13, 2024 at The Chicago International Pipe and Tobacciana Show at the Hyatt Regency in Rosemont IL. Les Young Successfully defended his title as US Champion, laying aside his pipe at 1:01:08. He chose as his prize a Brian Kalnitz Pipe from Smoker’s Haven of West Seneca New York. The International Champion was Pierre Pams, President of the Mexican National Pipe Club Organization with a time of 50:12. His choice of prize was a tin of Three Nuns donated by The Pipery. The Women’s Champion was Abby Deland of Michigan with a time of 34:38 picking up a leather pipe bag donated by Greywoodie. Next year the CPCC plans on getting a larger tent with a section separated completely for the contest. Thank you once again to the CPCC with a special note of thanks to Tin Garrity the Club President and Ronnie Pecorini the Club Vice President and the Showrunner of The Chicago Pipe Show.

2023 UPCA National Slow Smoke Contest

2022 UPCA Slow SmokeThe UPCA once again held its US National Pipe Smoking Contest on the last day of the Chicagoland Pipe Show.  

Lester Young was the overall winner and National Champion of the 2023 contest with a time of 1 hour 6 minutes and 40 seconds.
  Tiara Thayer was the women's champ with a time of 33 minutes and 20 seconds.  The best time for an international contestant was Turker Sezgin with a time of 45 minutes and 14 seconds.

2023 National Champion - Lester Young

We have over a hundred photos of the contest available from the link below.

Contest Photos

Contest Results

2023 UPCA Slow Smoke Contest

 UPCA 2nd Annual FAST Smoke Contest

If our slow smoke contest is too boring for you, let's see how FAST you can smoke a pipe. UPCA held its second FAST SMOKE contestat the smoking tent on Friday evening of the show.

Everyone got the same pipe and tobacco, just like our slow smoke, but the first one out is the winner! Use as many matches (or a blowtorch) as you want. If you go out with unburnt tobacco, you must refill your pipe and light up again.

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Fast Smoke Results

The Chicago Pipe Show is THE major event of 2023

Chicagoland Pipe Show - April 28-30

Linconshire Marriott Resort

Pipe Show Main Exhibit Hall

Marriott Lincolnshire

The show's venue is the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort, located 18 miles north of O'Hare Airport.

The Show was held on April 29th and 30th with a preshow on Friday the 28th. The CPCC also had a pipe-making seminar on the 27th and 28th. 

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Muletown Pipe Show 2023

John Peryam - 3/24/2023


Muletown Pipe Show 2023 

March 17-19, 2023 

Briarworks in Columbia, Tennessee 

Muletown 2023


By John (Tab) Peryam 

The 2023 Muletown Pipe Show kicked off with a massive party on the evening of Friday, March 17, 2023. The parking lot and all nearby streetside parking spaces were filled to the brim by 2:30 pm with the vehicles of pipe smokers eager to take part in the pre-show activities and fellowship. A pipe finishing demonstration and Q&A session was given by Pete Prevost and Sam Adebayo of Briarworks on Friday evening at 7:00 pm. Food service for the duration of the show was provided by two food trucks: Loosewheels (big, delicious cheeseburgers) and Hen House (many chicken offerings). The party lasted until closing time at midnight and was attended by a host of pipe enthusiasts. 

The pipe show opened to a burgeoning crowd on Saturday, March 18, 2023 at 11:00 am. Attendees waited in a long line to enter the show floor and the show quickly became very crowded with people elbow-to-elbow in the initial hours of the show. All of the tables were filled with pipes and pipe-related merchandise by vendors from all over the country. A side room held all kinds of Muletown Pipe Show and Briarworks clothing items as well as many Briarworks pipe offerings. In the same room, Laudisi and Sutliff offered some of their pipes and tobaccos. At 2:00 pm, Jeremy Reeves, head blender at Cornell & Diehl, held a pipe tobacco blending demonstration. 

On Sunday, March 19, 2023, the show opened again at 11:00 am but attendees were fewer in number and several of the vendors present on Saturday had unfortunately left the show. A drawing was held at 2:30 pm to give away the pipe that was made during the pipe finishing demonstration on Friday evening. The Muletown Pipe Show is growing by leaps and bounds every year and is the premier pipe event in the southeastern states. 

New Clubs

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The Downriver Pipe Club
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The Alaska Pipe Club  
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the latest pipe clubs to join the UPCA


UPCA is funded through nominal dues by participating clubs and by contributions from businesses and organizations within the pipe smoking community. We thank and recognize our contributors by displaying a logo and a link to their website. Please patronize these generous folks.

Daughters & Ryan Tobacco

 We would also like to thank the wonderful folks who donate prizes for our UPCA National Pipe Smoking Contest.  Please check them out in our Donors page.

Meerschaum Market 

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