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Second Annual Cast Iron Cook-off at Bradbury Mountain

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POWNAL The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands is holding their second annual Cast Iron Cook-off at Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal, Maine on Sept. 12, 2015.

Capitalizing on Maine's perfect fall weather for camping, the booming popularity of cast iron cookery and the tradition of using cast iron to cook over a campfire, this day promises to be fun for all. Come and show off your cooking skills and win some great prizes! Not a cook? That's OK! All park visitors and campers are welcome to watch the Cast Iron cooking and events on 9/12. Come early and see the Girl Scouts cooking to earn merit badges! Check out event competitors cooking setups and methods! See our local cast iron cooking expert, Registered Maine Guide and L.L. Bean employee Georgette Kanach, give a demonstration of how to cook with cast iron sharing both her passion for cast iron cookery and tasty samples! Learn a bit of the history of cast iron cookware, as well as its proper care and cleaning, from Park Manager Fritz Appleby! Do you want to just have some fun? Enter into our cast iron skillet toss or bean bag toss for a chance to win a prize! New this year is a cast iron swap meet, open to all, at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 12 at the day use group shelter.

'We are excited to have LL Bean, 'Get Real. Get Maine!' and Wicked Joe Coffee on board as sponsors of the events! There will be some fantastic prizes and fun for all.' said Park Manager, Fritz Appleby.

Appleby went on to say 'Cast iron cooking and camping are just a natural fit. The current boom in cast iron popularity and the renewed public interest will be enhanced at our event.'

Contestants must be registered to camp at Bradbury Mountain State Park on the nights of Sept. 11 and 12, 2015 and may not check in until after 1 p.m. on the 11th. The competition will be limited to 16 participants. To register and reserve your spot to participate, please call Bradbury Mountain State Park at (207) 688-4712 by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. After that, any available spots will be allocated on a 'first come, first served' basis. There is no scheduled rain date.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three winners as judged, by members of the Pownal Fire and Rescue unit, in each of the three categories of cooking: Appetizer, Entre and Dessert. Contestants may compete in any and all of the three categories.

For more information about this event, or other Maine state parks and historic sites, go to www.maine.gov/bradburymountain or www.parksandlands.com.

For more information about the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, go to www.maine.gov/dacf.

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