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Old time cooking highlighted at ‘89er Celebration

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Dutch Oven Cooking has been around for ages and was a mainstay of cooking on the frontier and during the Land Run of 1889.  The ‘89er Celebration Committee, eager to highlight some of the skills and processes of those days gone by, reached out to local Dutch Oven Societies to share  their skills and enthusiasm during the ‘89er Week. 

Members of the Heartland of the Prairie Dutch Oven Society ready their dutch ovens at the 2012 Wildlife Expo.  Master chefs from Heartland of the Prairie and Central Oklahoma Dutch Oven Societies will be cooking and providing samples before and after the ‘89er Parade, Saturday, April 20.

Members of the Heartland of the Prairie Dutch Oven Society ready their dutch ovens at the 2012 Wildlife Expo. Master chefs from Heartland of the Prairie and Central Oklahoma Dutch Oven Societies will be cooking and providing samples before and after the ‘89er Parade, Saturday, April 20.

The Heartland of the Prairie and the Central Oklahoma Dutch Oven Society answered the call and will be providing wonderful “dutch oven fare” before and after the 89er Parade which begins at noon on Saturday, April 20. 

Bill Shipley, President of the Central Oklahoma segment noted, “We will have 15-20 cooks preparing some specialty items and providing samples. It is a lot of work but every member and cook loves doing it.  They love preparing and cooking the food.  They love demonstrating and explaining Dutch Oven Cooking. The demonstration will include a number of cooks who have competed and earned recognitions at the International Dutch Oven Society cooking competitions. 

One of those competitors, Dawn Mills, said “The dutch oven was such a versatile and durable piece of equipment that it was essential in America’s kitchens from the colonial days.  The cast iron pot with a tight fitting lid was a critical piece of equipment in every wagon train traversing the frontier and every cattle drive over the western prairie.  We want to continue these traditions and so we cook, we share, and we have fun”. 

Come join these cooks and taste their recipes in Downtown Guthrie, Harrison and 1st Street, on Saturday, April 20.

Come join the fun at the only official ‘89er Celebration in the state, April 16 to 21 in Guthrie, Oklahoma. 

A chuck wagon feast hosted by former Miss Oklahoma,  Betty Thompson, kicks off the Celebration on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the Fairgrounds with lots of great food and terrific live and silent auctions. 

A huge family focused carnival comes to town Wednesday thru Saturday with over 70 craft and food vendors lining the streets. 

Youth All Star baseball teams from Edmond and Guthrie face off on Thursday at 4:45 p.m. at Squires Field in downtown Guthrie, followed by the traditional Old Timer Ball Game with period uniforms and equipment. 

6 p.m. Friday finds over 200 classic cars parked on Oklahoma Avenue in downtown Guthrie for the “Gasser and Geezers” event.  Friday and Saturday nights feature a rip roaring bronco busting rodeo at the fairgrounds starting at 7:30. 

The “Stake Your Claim” 5K run is set for Saturday morning just before the “Largest Parade in Oklahoma” marches through Downtown Guthrie at noon. 

The Celebration closes with a “Picnic and Concert in the Park” featuring the Byron Berline Band and the Kyle Dillingham Band. 

Information on all these activities and more may be found on “89erdays.com” web site or by calling 282-2589.  Join us on our face book pages (89er days carnival, Guthrie 89er Sunday concert, stake your claim5k, 89er Days Rodeo) for pictures, sharing and comments.

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