State Park gears up for annual Taste of Country
By EVELYN LONG -
“Taste of Country,” held annually at the Mount Gilead State Park, will be held Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14 and wind up with a breakfast and limited activities on Sunday, July 15.
The event kicks off Friday evening at 7 pm with entertainment by “Oolong Gurus” at the Amphitheater. Camp cooking will follow and at dusk a movie will be shown at the Amphitheater.
From 7am to 10 am on Saturday morning the Volunteers in the Park (VIP’s) will serve a hearty fund raising breakfast for a donation in Shelter House Number One.
The menu includes pancakes, sausage, sausage gravy, eggs and beverage.
The Nature Center opens at 10 am and will remain open until 5 pm under the direction of Marilyn Weiler.
Country games will be played at the Nature Center from 10:30 to 11:30 am and from noon to 2 pm the VIP’s will serve lunch, hamburgers and hot dogs for a donation at Shelter One. Also, from the same site the Spangler Sisters and the Country Trave-lers will entertain from noon to 1:30 pm and they will be followed by JoAnn’s School of Dance entertaining from 2 to 4 pm.
From 1 to 4 pm crafts will be made at the Nature Center and from 1 to 5 pm there will be demonstrations and exhibits in the park. Included will be the Morrow County
Joint Veterans Council; Whetstone Weavers, Brad Moore with the FlintKnappers; Jerry, the Mountaineer, The Morrow County Antique Tractor and Equipment Assoc., Diane’s Home made bread, Lynn Wagner, Walker’s Supreme Old Fashioned Ice Cream; and Embroidery and Quilting by Phyllis and Leo Pfeifer
A Walk or Pedal Parade will take place at 1:30. Kids of all ages can enjoy the campground by riding a bike or wagon for the tour.
Sign up must be made by 2:30 pm for the Corn Hole Tournament which will begin at 3 pm.
Also, pies must be dropped off by 2:30 for the pie baking contest which begins at 3 pm. Eligible pies must NOT NEED refrigeration. All pies, whether they are winners or not, will be served during the evening meal.
The hog calling contest at 4:15 can be enjoyed by the following age groups: one to four years of age; five to eight years; nine to 14 years and the fourth category is 15 years and up..
At the same time, there will be a pig tail contest with the following age groups competing: ages one to five; ages six to 14 and 15 years and up.
The hog roast meal will be served at 5:30 pm by the VIP’s at Shelter House Number One For a donation diners can enjoy sloppy joes, chicken and noodles and a variety of sides.
The button drawing will be held after the dinner.
On Sunday, July 15, the VIP’s will once again serve a fund raising breakfast from 7:30 am to 10 am. The Nature Center will be open from 10:30 am to 2 pm.
The public is invited to visit the Mount Gilead State Park, a great local attraction where visitors can find a variety of events for the family. “Taste of Country” is a perfect example of entertainment, food and fun at a relative low cost.