BY EVELYN LONG
Visitors to Taste of Country at the Mount Gilead State Park on July 19 weren’t deterred by the cloudy, damp skies as they enjoyed the food and entertainment and viewed the talents of crafters and demonstrators.
Ken Krumnow, with the Volunteers in the Park said the attendance at the two breakfasts and the hog roast dinner “was the largest yet.”
He noted a total of 580 people dined at the two breakfasts, served Saturday and Sunday mornings, while the 250 pound hog, roasted and served with side dishes, was served to 282 people Saturday evening. “There were no left overs,” said Krumnow with a chuckle.
The Nature Center activities were enjoyed throughout the weekend by a steady stream of visitors.
Winners of the hog calling contest were: first place in the ages 1-4 bracket: Kayden Aurand, Bucyrus; 5-8 age bracket: Devin Aurand, Bucyrus; ages 9-14: Joey Etuc, Mount Gilead; ages 15 and up: Jeremy Davis, Bucyrus.
Winners in the longest pigtail contest were: first place, ages 1-5: Camryn Travis, Mt Gilead; first place, ages 6-14: Makayla Davis, Bucyrus; ages 15 and up Jennie See, Marengo.
Taking first place in the pie baking contest was Connie Snider, of Mount Gilead, with an oatmeal pie; second place was won by John Dean, Marion, with a cherry pie and third place was won by Marcella Garverick of Galion with a Maple Raisin.
First place cake winner was Treva Dilsaver of Marengo with a cherry cake; second place was won by Connie Snider with a Miracle Whip Chocolate and third place was won by Pat Zerman of Mount Gilead with a Chocolate Almond.
Winners in the corn hole contest were Gran Tuttle of Centerburg and Shauna Robinson of Mount Gilead, first place; Roger and Cathy Cole of Marion won second place and third place was won by Mike Gale of Cardington and Nicole Davis of Bucyrus.
The next event at the park will be VIP breakfasts served August 2 and 3, followed by Peddlers in the Park on August 16. Breakfasts will also be served on Labor Day weekend.