Mountain Games is a competitive festival that takes place every September in the heart of Central Appalachia at Heritage Farm. The tag line for the festival is Claim Your Heritage. The reason for the tag line – simple – that’s what you do at Mountain Games. The whole day is designed around doing the things you ancestors used to do just to survive. At Mountain Games, you get to do them and watch people do them just to have fun. Mountain Games consists of the following activities:
The Mountain Games
The heart of the Mountain Games festival are the Mountain Games which are a 15 event competition for anyone and everyone to compete in. No matter what your age or size, you can compete for the title Mountain Man, Mountain Woman, or Mountain Youth. The games include the Obstacle Course, Feat of Strength, Big Foot Hunting, the Coal Miner, Seneca Rocks, Shelter Builder, the Hunter, Steel Walker, Tomahawk Throwing, Stock the Wagon, Heavy Sack Run, Pitch Fork Throw, Dead Eye Shooting and the Buffalo Heart Run.
Cast Iron Cook-Off
The Cast-Iron Cook-Off is more than a cooking competition… It is a festival of food, drawing teams and cooks from all over the region to celebrate our culinary heritage. Every year the competition emphasizes Appalachian Cuisine. You are formally invited to participate. There will be a maximum of 12 teams competing. The first-place winner, as determined by a panel of judges, will receive $300, second place – $200 and third place – $100. The public will choose the recipient of the People’s Choice Award, with a prize of $100.
Come and meet Leonard the tortise. There are also bunnies, lamas, chickens, and so much more. They are all waiting to engage your children, get petted, and chased. The petting zoo is supervised by one of the regular Heritage Farm volunteers who can also tell you everything you wanted to know about each animal they have at the farm – even the buffalo!
The Kids Zone is for kids of every age who may or may not feel comfortable competing in the Mountain Games. The area of Heritage Farm has been specially designed by our friends at River Cities Church and has face painting, giant Jenga, face painting, boat racing, and even an obstacle course specifically designed for little ones.
The Heritage Farm Museums
While you’re at the farm, take advantage of all there is to see and do. The farm includes the following museum spaces and houses some interesting and hands-on artifacts.
• Progress Museum
• Transportation Museum
• Country Store Museum
• Industry Museum
• Heritage Museums
• Bowes Doll and Carriage Museum
• Children’s Activity Museum
• Schoolhouse Museum