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“Mountain Games” Way Back Weekend event doubles as fundraiser for children’s hospital

This Labor Day weekend Heritage Farm Museum & Village is teaming up with a group of local nonprofits and the Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation to host a special Way Back Weekend fundraiser to benefit Hoops Family Children’s Hospital. Mountain Games, will be held September 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Heritage Farm and consists of 10 scored competitions designed to mimic early pioneer survival skills.

Mountain Games was the brainchild of Bradley Burck, the Vice President of the Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation. Burck wanted to create a fundraiser that no one had done before and in which anyone could be involved regardless of their age or skill level.  Burck sat down with Audy Perry, the Executive Director of Heritage Farm Museum & Village, and they dreamed up a Central Appalachian version of the Spartan Run, Highland Games and other outdoor competitions combined as one event.

“These games show that nonprofits can work together and help each other.  I’m thrilled with the partnerships, professionalism, and humility of all these groups and their leaders.  We are working together as one.  There aren’t a lot of places in the country where this kind of partnership can happen.  Huntington should be proud of its leaders,” said Burck.

Visitors can also pay the Way Back Weekend fee to come watch the games while they explore Heritage Farm’s award-winning museums and interactive exhibits. For more information or to register to compete please visit chhfoundation.org/mountain-games-registration, CHH Mountain Games’ Facebook page, or Heritage Farm Museum & Village’s Facebook page or email jakesharp@heritagefarmmuseum.com. Visitors can also register at Heritage Farm the day of the event.

Located at 3300 Harvey Road, Huntington, West Virginia, and founded in 1996, Heritage Farm is home one of the largest collections of historically significant Appalachian artifacts in seven award-winning museums, and was recently named West Virginia's first Smithsonian Affiliate. Heritage Farm consists of more than thirty log structures including 5 Log Cabin Inns and a Barn Retreat Center sleeping forty people, wired with today’s technology. Artisans, crafters, and re-enactors are on-site daily bringing Appalachian history to life. To learn more about Heritage Farm Museum and Village, call 304-522-1244 or visit heritagefarmmuseum.com