Taking first place in the RoadKill Cook-off last Saturday was the Youth Health Services Hillbillies with their concoction of Predator/Prey Stew featuring bear and venison. The team consists of, from left: Angela Lester, Peggy Stull and Kendra Taylor. Photo courtesy of the Pocahontas County Chamber of Commerce

Suzanne Stewart
Staff Writer

The roads were packed and critters cowered in the bushes Saturday as aromas from the 2018 RoadKill Cook-off filled the air above the First Avenue Mini-Park in Marlinton.

Nine teams from all over the country converged on Marlinton and created dishes featuring venison, bear and alligator to please the palates of thousands of visitors and, more importantly, the three judges of the event.

The first place winners, Youth Health Services [YHS] Hillbillies won over the judges with their Predator/Prey Chili, which contained both bear and venison.

“This is our second year competing,” team leader Angela Lester said.

Along with the main chili dish, the group also had fixins to round out the meal.

“We have bear bait and deer poop, and sweet tea,” Lester said. “The bear bait is a mini corn muffin. The deer poop is trail…

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