Morrow County enjoys Taste of Country fete


By Evelyn Long - for the Morrow County Sentinel



Carol Bartlett | Morrow County Sentinel Entertaining in Shelter House One during the Taste of Country event at the Mount Gilead State Park was the Country Rose Band. L-r: Ralph Igo, Bass; Bob Igo, lead vocals; Bill Shaffin and Harold Wren.


Carol Bartlett | Morrow County Sentinel Jayden Ritchey, holding his “Go Bucks” sign, rides the frog in the play ground at the Mount Gilead State Park during Taste of Country.


Carol Bartlett | Morrow County Sentinel Terri McFarland, the Naturalist at the Mount Gilead State Park, discusses the corn snake on exhibit during Taste of Country. She said it eats as available in the wild but in the Nature Centre he gets a mouse about once a week. Cost for the mice range from $1 for baby mice and $4 for full size mice. Corn snakes aren’t generally native to this area.


Carol Bartlett | Morrow County Sentinel Ashley Foster shows her Nigerian Dwarf goat Doe Kid “Ida” and her wether boarer goat Kid “Shorty” to visitors at the Taste of Country. She is a member of the Highland Achievers 4-H club.


With the weather in full cooperation, a sunny day accompanied by blue skies was the background for the Taste of Country Festival held at the Mount Gilead State Park July 10, 11th and 12th.

The main events took place Saturday, July 12 and included demonstrations, games at the Nature Center, entertainment, archery, a corn hole contest and food. A roast hog dinner topped off Saturday’s events.

Entertaining were the Country Rose Band and Dick Starcher and Friends.

Earlier, the Volunteers in the Park served a breakfast to 342 diners and on Sunday morning, 212 were present for the early morning meal.

The Saturday events included a hog calling contest with the following winners: Ages 1-4: Adylina Troiano, 2, of Cardington; Ages 5-8: Cyrus Chapman, 8, Jefferson City, TN; Ages 9-14: Calab Anderson, 11, South Bend, IN and Ages 15 plus: Christina Chapman, Jefferson City TN

Longest pigtail contest winners were: Ages 1-5: Arisa Filbert, 5, Berea, 10 3/4 inches; Ages 6-14: Cheridan Jones, Mount Gilead,13, 33 1/6 inches; and Age 15 plus: Christina Chapman, Jefferson City, TN, 20 3/4 inches.

Winners in the pie baking contest were Treva Dilsaver, first place with a Pecan White Chocolate Chip Pie; Robin LaRoche, second place with a Black Raspberry Crumb Pie, with nut crust and Connie Snyder, third place, with a Hickory Nut Pie.

Winners of the Corn Hole Toss were Audrey and Bob Porter of Ohio and second place was won by Taisha Spears and Erin Anderson.

Terri the Naturalist kept visitors fascinated at the Nature Center as she explained different varieties of snakes.

All donations made will be used within the Mount Gilead State Park for park improvements and to fund festivals.

These events were hosted by the Volunteers in the Park and the Park Staff.

The next fund raiser breakfast will be held August 1st and 2nd. Peddlers in the Park will take place August 15th with the fund raiser country breakfast on August 15-16.

Evelyn Long is a correspondent with the Morrow County Sentinel and can be reached at wlong2@columbus.rr.com.

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Carol Bartlett | Morrow County Sentinel Entertaining in Shelter House One during the Taste of Country event at the Mount Gilead State Park was the Country Rose Band. L-r: Ralph Igo, Bass; Bob Igo, lead vocals; Bill Shaffin and Harold Wren.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2015/07/web1_Preparing-the-roast-hog-for-the-dinner.jpgCarol Bartlett | Morrow County Sentinel Entertaining in Shelter House One during the Taste of Country event at the Mount Gilead State Park was the Country Rose Band. L-r: Ralph Igo, Bass; Bob Igo, lead vocals; Bill Shaffin and Harold Wren.

Carol Bartlett | Morrow County Sentinel Jayden Ritchey, holding his “Go Bucks” sign, rides the frog in the play ground at the Mount Gilead State Park during Taste of Country.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2015/07/web1_Jayden-Ritchey-rides-the-frog.jpgCarol Bartlett | Morrow County Sentinel Jayden Ritchey, holding his “Go Bucks” sign, rides the frog in the play ground at the Mount Gilead State Park during Taste of Country.

Carol Bartlett | Morrow County Sentinel Terri McFarland, the Naturalist at the Mount Gilead State Park, discusses the corn snake on exhibit during Taste of Country. She said it eats as available in the wild but in the Nature Centre he gets a mouse about once a week. Cost for the mice range from $1 for baby mice and $4 for full size mice. Corn snakes aren’t generally native to this area.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2015/07/web1_Terri-McFarland-discussing-the-corn-snake.jpgCarol Bartlett | Morrow County Sentinel Terri McFarland, the Naturalist at the Mount Gilead State Park, discusses the corn snake on exhibit during Taste of Country. She said it eats as available in the wild but in the Nature Centre he gets a mouse about once a week. Cost for the mice range from $1 for baby mice and $4 for full size mice. Corn snakes aren’t generally native to this area.

Carol Bartlett | Morrow County Sentinel Ashley Foster shows her Nigerian Dwarf goat Doe Kid “Ida” and her wether boarer goat Kid “Shorty” to visitors at the Taste of Country. She is a member of the Highland Achievers 4-H club.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2015/07/web1_Ashley-Foster-showing-her-Nigerian-Dwarf-Goat.jpgCarol Bartlett | Morrow County Sentinel Ashley Foster shows her Nigerian Dwarf goat Doe Kid “Ida” and her wether boarer goat Kid “Shorty” to visitors at the Taste of Country. She is a member of the Highland Achievers 4-H club.

By Evelyn Long

for the Morrow County Sentinel