Mountain Heritage Day to include traditional foods competition

Western Carolina University’s 38th annual Mountain Heritage Day Local is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 29 on the campus in Cullowhee.

The foods competition will include divisions for canned goods, baked goods, extracted honey and “heritage foods,” plus the “Best in the West” whole grain recipe contest.

The foods contest is coordinated jointly by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service’s Jackson County Center and the Mountain Heritage Center. Ribbons will be awarded to the top three entries in youth and adult divisions and a grand champion will be selected from each of the divisions.

Canned goods, honey and heritage foods can be dropped off at the museum between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Sept. 25. Baked goods and whole grain recipe contest entries should be brought to the Mountain Heritage Center between 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 28.

Winners will be announced from the Balsam Stage at Mountain Heritage Day at 12:15 p.m.

For more information, 828.586.4009 or 828. 227.7129 or

A 5-kilometer foot race and other competitions will take place on the day of the festival. Full race details are available at

Other competitions scheduled for Mountain Heritage Day include a chain saw contest, with registration beginning at 9 a.m. and competition starting at 10 a.m., and an old-fashioned attire contest for children and adults and a beard and moustache contest for men at 12:15 p.m. on the Balsam Stage.


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