Courtesy photo -  The annual Dutch Oven Cook-off at Cathedral Gorge State Park is right around the corner, Sept. 17.

Courtesy photo –
The annual Dutch Oven Cook-off at Cathedral Gorge State Park is right around the corner, Sept. 17.

Three events of interest this month on the calendar put out on by the Lincoln Communities Action Team.

This weekend, at the same time, but not in conjunction with the Pioche Labor Day celebration, is the Las Vegas Astronomy Society event at Cathedral Gorge State Park this Friday and Saturday.

Robert Lambert, Society vice-president said the event is open to the public. Entry fee at the park will apply.

“We do this twice a year up there,” he said. “People come in the early evening, around 7 p.m, and then about 10 p.m. we can start looking through our scopes. We’ve had folks from as far away as Washington and Oregon that come and join our party.”

Lambert explained, “This is a new moon weekend, with just a small sliver of moon showing, a small waning crescent. It’s going to be a great, dark sky venue there.”

Also this weekend, Sept. 3-5 is the annual Pioche Labor Day Celebration. A fabulous long weekend of fun for locals and visitors alike. The celebration provides a fun and safe environment for the whole family. There are children and adult mining games, pet show, four-wheeler races, craft show, golf tourney, lawn mower races, parades, street dance, “old west” shoot-out, vendors, bake sale, farmers market, carnival games, mountain bike races, softball tourney, free swim for kids, fireworks and so much more.

And on Sept. 17 is the annual Dutch Oven Cook-off at Cathedral Gorge State Park.

An event growing more and more in popularity, individuals and teams may enter dishes in more than one of the four categories: bread product, main course (meat), vegetable/side-dish, and dessert. It’s an event that never fails to tantalize and excite the taste buds.

Entrants are responsible for providing all food and supplies needed for preparation of the entry and for cleanup of their immediate area after cooking. The park will provide charcoal for cooking the food, unless the recipe must be started prior to 3 p.m. on the day of the cook-off.

All cooking must be done in a Dutch oven, and everything cooked on-site (that is, no pre-cooked items or ingredients may be used).

For public health reasons, pets will not be allowed to be in the area during the cook-off; and only those preparing the food will be allowed in the cooking area.

Looking ahead just a bit into October, the annual Park to Park Pedal, including the Nevada Extreme 100 bike ride, begins and ends at Kershaw-Ryan State Park Oct. 8.