Goshen Christmas celebration to have stew challenge

Published 10:12 pm Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Braggin’ rights are up for grabs Friday night in Goshen when cooks bring their camp stew to town.

Each year, the Camp Stew Challenge is a big part of Goshen’s Christmas celebration that includes the Christmas Parade, a camp stew supper, pictures with Santa, raffles and a few games to entertain all ages.

The Camp Stew Challenge is open to anyone who believes that their camp stew is the best there is.

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Carter Sanders, Goshen camp stew guru, said the challenge is for the best camp stew that can be made, not the best Brunswick stew.

“Camp stew contains nothing green,” he said. “If it’s green, it’s Brunswick stew and not eligible to win a camp stew cook-off.”

For best judging results, Sanders said the camp stew should be brought in crock-pots so that it will remain hot throughout the judging process.

“The entries will also be available for sampling so make sure there’s enough camp stew in the pot for judging and sampling,” he said.

Brothers, a restaurant and an individual have been the winners in the four other Camp Stew Challenges so Sanders said, anyone can win and someone will.

“The winner could be a repeat winner because I think all of the previous winners will be back and up to the challenge,” he said.

Entries should be registered at the Goshen Town Hall annex no later than 5 p.m. Friday.

“The winners will be announced as soon as the judging is complete,” Sanders said.

The Camp Stew Challenge will be one of many activities planned and Sanders said everyone is invited to the camp stew supper at 5 p.m. in the annex.

Plates are $7 each and include camp stew, coleslaw, grits, bread and peach cobbler. Camp stew will also be sold by the quart for $8.

The Goshen Christmas Parade will be at 6 p.m. and take a main street route. This year’s theme is “Cowboy Christmas.” The parade is billed as a “casual” event. No pre-registration is required. Just come and march along.

Bingo and other games may be played at Town Hall following the parade and children are invited to have their pictures taken with Santa Claus in the Santa room.

All proceeds from the fundraising activities will benefit the Goshen Senior programs.

Good little boys and girls should bring their Christmas wish lists along so Santa will know what they would like under the Christmas tree this year.

Sanders said the Christmas Parade and other events usher in the Christmas season in Goshen and everyone is invited to be a part of all the festivities.