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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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2023 UPCA National Slow Smoke Contest

April 30 1- 5 pm
Marriott Lincolnshire Resort

2022 UPCA Slow SmokeThe UPCA is once again holding the US National Pipe Smoking Contest as part of the Chicago Pipe Show.  

The contest will be held in the smoking tent on Sunday of the show.  Save $10 be pre-registering online before 4/24.

To Learn more about the contest, or to pre-register, click on the link below.

2023 Slow Smoke Contest

 UPCA 2nd Annual FAST Smoke Contest

April 28th 9:30 pm 
Lincolnshire Resort
Smoking Tent

If our slow smoke contest is too boring for you, let's see how FAST you can smoke a pipe. UPCA is holding its second FAST SMOKE contest.  This will be held at the smoking tent.

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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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 will be on April 29th and 30th with a preshow on Friday the 28th. The CPCC also a pipe-making seminar on the 27th and 28th. 

And, of course, the UPCA will hold the 2023 UPCA National Pipe Smoking Contest - 4/30/2023.  We are also running our 2nd UPCA FAST Smoke Competition - 4/29/2023.

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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. 

2022 UPCA National Pipe Smoking Contest

2019 National Pipe Smoking ContestThe UPCA wa glad to once again run the US National Slow Smoke Contest as part of the Chicagoland Pipe Show.  The contest was held in the smoking tent on the Sunday of the show.  

Contest Results

Contest Photos 

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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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