MIDDLEBORO — The Fifth Annual Mountain Man competition will be held at Wankinquoah Rod and Gun Club, 92 Pine Street in Middleborough on Saturday, May 19, 2018.
This is a family oriented event that everyone can enjoy. This event is open to the public and everyone is welcome to join in the activities. Competitors must be over the age of 12 years. There will be trophies for the top three men, women and juniors (12 to 17 years old).
There were plenty of laughs at last year's 4th annual event as both competitors and spectators watched the various events unfolding. Unlike our ancestors, who relied on these skills to survive and feed themselves and their families, it seems that the current generation has lost the fine tuned skills of the past. Perhaps too much television and video games instead of outdoor activities.
There will be a canoe race for a short distance on Wankinquoah's stocked fishing pond, archery for all, knife and tomahawk throwing, rabbit snaring and spear throwing. These events have all been modified so that all competitors will have an equal opportunity for success. If you are weak in one area you might excel in another. Points will be awarded for each event and the total points at the end of the day will decide the winners in each category. Bring your family and friends as a cheering section and a good time will be had by all.
There will be free coffee and donuts from 8:00 am until 9:00 am during sign up for the events. There will be a $15.00 registration fee for adults 18 years and older with a $10 registration fee for 12 to 17 years old competitors. The events will begin around 9:30am or when all participants are registered.
A lunch break will be taken at noon and hot dogs, burgers and chips will be available free to all competitors and for a modest fee to the spectators.
When all the events are over, the points will be tallied by the judges and the trophies awarded along with bragging rights granted until next year when the Sixth annual event will occur.
All funds raised go into the Wankinquoah general fund which supports sending interested teens to MA State Conservation Camp during the summer where the wise husbandry of our natural resources is taught. The fund also supports a scholarship program for deserving young people who desire to further their education.