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Unique cooking contest Saturday at SolanoFest

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Submitted to the Optic

A unique cooking contest will take place Saturday at this year’s annual Solano Fest. Held annually at the Solano School Gymnasium in Harding County. SolanoFest IX brings together Dutch Oven Cooking contenders vying for top prizes in categories of bread, desserts and side dishes.

After judges decide who submitted the most delicious food in the Dutch Oven competition, attendees get to taste the fare.
The true old west style Dutch Oven Cook-Off is from noon to 3 p.m., with cowboys and cowgirls cooking food over hot coals outdoors the way it was done in the days of the great cattle drives more than 100 ago.

Folks who savor delicious breads, desserts and side dishes cooked in Dutch Ovens are invited to attend, and attendees are asked to bring their own chair. Event organizers say the annual event is an enriching experience for everyone.

There is entertainment for everyone at SolanoFest IX. The ranch-style, all-day event is family-oriented with music, dancing, and time to visit. SolanoFest features arts and crafts booths open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with artists offering many one-of-a-kind pieces.

Concession food and drinks are available, and western music is played throughout the day. Highlighting the event is dancing to Will Bannister & the Mulberry Band from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., the band is considered one of the best western bands in the region.

For information about entering the Dutch Oven Cook-Off, call 575-673-2326.