Fires crackling, leaves crunching, fall is quickly approaching! With the fall season comes all the fairs, festivals, fun and food! This year you will not want to miss an exciting new element of Mountain Games being the Cast Iron Cook-off. Mountain Games will be held Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Heritage Farm and Village in Huntington, WV. Mountain Games is a fundraiser benefiting the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital located at Cabell Huntington Hospital.
The cast-Iron Cook-Off is more than just cooking, it is a celebration of food representing our culinary heritage and each year emphasizes Appalachian cuisine. Participants in the competition have the opportunity to win up to $300 in cash for first place, $200 for second place and $100 for third place, for judges choice, in addition to a $100 cash prize for the people’s choice winner. The public is welcome to come and watch all the cooking be prepared on-site starting at 9am with official judging at 12pm by judges and public sampling at 12:45pm. Proceeds raised from the public sampling will also go to benefit the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital.
If you want to experience not only the food but also the way of life that our ancestors lived, participate in Mountain Games! The Mountain Games are a great team building and fun competition for ages 5-80. The games are comprised of 14 games for participants to choose from including favorites such as the Obstacle Course, Shelter Builder, Big Foot Hunting and more. New this year to the competition is games such as Heavy Sack Run. How fast can you run 60 yards with a woolsack on your back? Competitors will be given a woolsack and will be timed as they run 60 yards. Others include the Pitchfork Throw. The pitch fork is a classic Appalachian tool for farming and occasionally defense. In this competition, you will be testing your defensive use of the tool. You will receive 3 pitchforks. A target will be in front of you and you will receive points for hitting certain areas on the target.
Mountain Games is Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 10am-4pm at Heritage Farm in Huntington, WV. Registration is now open and available for all for these events. To find out more information about how to participate call Velma Workman at 304.526.6314.