Back to school bash slated

By Kelsey Gerhardt - [email protected]

School has started in some areas and for others, it’s just around the corner. To help with the blues, Wilderness Road State Park is holding their annual Back to School Bash on Saturday from 2-7 p.m.

“Basically, we’re wanting the kids to be able to come into the park for one more fun filled day before school starts. They’ll get to jump in the bounce houses, relax, be a kid, and get to spend some time with their family too,” said WRSP Concession Manager Mike Brindle.

The day will include bounce houses, kids train rides, emergency vehicle demonstrations and historical programming at Martins Station. Books will be given to students by the Children’s Reading Foundation of Appalachia.

Educational programming will include 18th century log cabin construction demonstrations at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

“We’ve held a communication appreciation day for about six years now, but since we’ve added more things for children we’re expecting a bigger crowd,” said Brindle.

Last year, more than 100 students attended the event.

A barbecue contest will be held for both grillmasters and novice grillers who want to present their best for judges. Contestants will be able to grill a hamburger, chicken or any other meat on-site.

“We had a chili contest last year and people had a blast, but chili isn’t really the best choice for August so we wanted to go with barbecue this year. People had a lot of fun last year and we had a big turnout for the contest, so we’re hoping for more competition this year,” said Brindle.

The public is invited to judge the barbecue samples for $1. A cash prize will be awarded to the first and second place winners.

For more information or to register for the barbecue contest, contact WRSP at 276-445-3065.

Reach Kelsey Gerhardt at 606-302-9093 or on Twitter @kgerhardtmbdn.

By Kelsey Gerhardt

[email protected]

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