West Virginia has its fair share of unique events, but one festival is known for being downright peculiar.
Maybe even a little zany.
But that’s the fun at the West Virginia Roadkill Cook-Off and Autumn Harvest Festival, because there’s nothing normal about the fare offered there.
On September 29th and 30th, Marlinton will once again host this annual event that draws thousands of people to scenic Pocahontas County.
State residents and tourists flock to it, but the national media has also visited to get a taste of something different.
The Food Channel, the Travel Channel and the Discovery Channel have all covered this unique event.
The festival’s shining star is the actual cook-off on Saturday.
Participating amateur chefs cook up delicacies like opossum and rabbit stew, venison chili, wild boar, teriyaki-marinated bear and homemade biscuits topped with squirrel gravy.
Snapping turtle and quail meatballs have also been popular with guests.
Let’s not forget the Iguana tacos that were driven to the Mountain State from California.
Even sounds yummy, huh?
The cooking starts at 9 a.m. on the 30th and judging begins at noon. After 10:30 a.m. you can sample these unique dishes on a first come, first served basis.
And it only costs $5 per person to taste all that goodness.
For the more traditional cooks, the Hudson Cream West Virginia Biscuit Bakeoff is also part of the weekend fun on Saturday.
It returns to its roots this year by focusing on the “traditional country biscuit” and will feature three baker categories: Master, premier and youth (for 9-17 years of age).
Biscuit entries will be received beginning at 9 a.m. at the Pocahontas County Opera House.
Judging begins at 10 a.m., and tasting will be allowed until noon. Winners will be announced at 12:30 p.m. at the gazebo on Main Street.
In addition to some really strange food choices, there will be musical entertainment, weird races and so much more.
Friday night is the Rockin Redneck Square dance from 7-9 p.m., with caller Mack Samples. Bands will include The Bing Brothers and Jake Krack & Mudhole Control.
Music will continue Saturday from 10a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free of charge.
Other festival activities include the opossum trot 5k run/walk, horseshoe competition, and a farmer’s market, as well as more than 70 craft vendors.