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September 29-30 ~ Autumn Harvest Festival and RoadKill Cook-off

Coal Hollow Brothers won the Showmanship award at the 2016 Road Kill Cook-Off.  Their dish was “Ma, Them Hogs is Runnin’ Wild in the Pineapple” or Polynesian pork. It was made with Russian wild boar harvested from a wild game farm in Tennessee.  They also served venison jerky and fresh cobblers.
The team’s theme was “Logging and Railroads.”  It was a nod to the West Virginia logging industry around the town of Cass from 1900 to the 1960s.
The team did a fact-finding trip to Cass in June 2016 to see what the interior of the loggers’ feeding train car looked like.”  Then, team member John Pennington created an exact mock-up for the judges’ area. Team member Ed Blackford painted a 10 x 12 foot Engine # 4 backdrop from old photographs. Photo courtesy of Tom Walker

Friday night

Square Dance kicks off the RoadKill weekend

Grab a partner and celebrate the start of the Autumn Harvest Festival/RoadKill Cook-off at a square dance in the Pocahontas County Opera House, Friday, September 29, from 7 to 9 p.m. Mudhole Control and The Bing Brothers and Jake Krack will keep things hoppin’ and Mack Samples will be making the calls.

Admission is free.

Beginners and experts are encouraged to attend.

Refreshments will be provided by the Deer Creek Defenders 4-H Club.


Don’t miss a chance to take part in this internationally famous festival in the mountains.

Marlinton’s Main Street and its avenues will be filled with food and craft vendors. Everyday fare will be prepared and sold by non-profits, but the main menu draw for this festival will be found at the Mini-Park on First Avenue. That’s where the RoadKill meets the pot as cooks try to stir up the best tasting food, with some of the most unappetizing names.

It takes more than a good recipe and name to win this cooking showdown – you also gotta have some creativity to set the mood.

A $5 ticket gets you in to the tasting area where you can sample one of a kind delicacies.

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