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 firstname.lastname@example.org.