2011 National DOG

WHAT: 8th Annual National Dutch Oven Gathering 
WHERE: Wayne County Fairgrounds in Wooster, OH 
WHEN: July 8-10, 2011 

This year's 2011 National DOG has come and gone.  Thanks to all who attended and made it a success.


IDOS 3-Pot Cook-off
1st - Jim and Dawn Mills, OK
2nd - Terry Cobb and Jerry Pace, OK
3rd - Bill and Laura Ryan, LA

Athens Foods Phyllo Dough Challenge
1st - Jeff Glenn, IL
2nd - Bill Ryan, LA
3rd - Rachel Chapman, MO

Youth Cook-off
1st - Zach Morris, LA
2nd - Alex Michels, IA
3rd - Joe Carter, PA

Gerber Chicken Cook-off
1st - Steve & Leslie Lovett, TX
2nd - Dave Fox, TX
3rd - Wes Stigen, WI

Kitchen Collection Dessert Cook-off
1st - John & Jackie Frerichs, MN
2nd - Trudi Lohr, FL
3rd - Dawn Mills, OK

Info for next year's 2012 National DOG is at ==>

Next year's 2012 National DOG will be held at Canton TX -- make plans now!

The 8th Annual National DOG was held in the picturesque community of Wooster, OH, within the surrounds of the largest Amish community in the world, on July 8-10, 2011. Hundreds of kindred Dutch Oven enthusiasts from all over the US and Canada came together to share their knowledge, food, and friendship at this annual event.   All experience levels welcomed.   Training sessions and demos were held.  Vendors were welcome.   Since this is considered a private "club" event, all attendees were pre-registered (see REGISTRATION below).  

Come to the 2011 National DOG in Ohio, whether you come a few days early or stay late, you can make Wayne County Fairgrounds your home base, take it easy and appreciate the slower pace of life around you -- and yet there's plenty of things to see and do to make this Dutch oven gathering a memorable vacation.  You don't want to miss this one -- it will be years before it comes east of the Mississippi again.

Contacts:   Fran Grodek, fran_lg@hotmail.com 
                   Matt Buser, mebuser@neo.rr.com  

Hosted by: Ohio Dutch Oven Enthusiasts Yahoo Group 
                   Western New York Dutch Oven Society


Registration Fee (per family, one per address) -- $20 

Camping -- $12/night

T-Shirts -- $15/shirt S-XL Adult (navy), Ladies (violet), and Youth (royal) 
                -- $18/shirt 2XL-5XL Adult (navy),  2XL Ladies (violet)
These are Gilden brand t-shirts, 6.1 oz pre-shrunk cotton.  
Size chart here 

Dutch Oven Bag (for 12" Dutch oven, will hold a "deep") -- $15

Apron (with pockets) -- $10

T-shirts, bags, and aprons must be pre-ordered for distribution at the National DOG.

SORRY -- NO MORE ORDERS ARE BEING ACCEPTED.    LAST DAY to accept orders for merchandise was MAY 15, 2011.  No extras will be available.


Due to insurance considerations, no admittance without a pre-registration.

Wayne County Fairgrounds

199 Vanover Street
Wooster, OH  44691  
GPS coordinates:  40.79839, -81.9515329
office phone:  (330)262-8001 



Map of the campsites in the Main Activities Area <HERE>

Camping Fees: $12/night.  No reservations -- there is an abundance of spots to set up.  Restrooms buildings and showers available.  CAMPING FEES ARE TO BE PRE-PAID WITH REGISTRATION.  If you decide to extend your stay after you arrive and you've already sent in your camping fees, pay the extra nights' difference directly to "wagon master" Ray Grodek, CASH ONLY, when you arrive.

The Dutch Oven Gathering events will all be held up in the front towards the Fairgrounds office -- there's plenty of space to set up camp near where the action will be.

If you wish to camp up front where the main activities will be held, there's plenty of electrical connections about (quite a few 15 & 30amp, and an occasional 50amp), but you will have to share water hook-ups (be prepared).   UPDATE:  There are now designated campsites as mandated by Ohio State Laws.   Each campsite has water.  Electrical hook-ups are available at many sites but not all.  Again, NO RESERVATIONS on specific sites, as there are plenty of camping sites available for our National DOG.  Be prepared to run additional lengths of hose or electrical cords if needed.

There are also 100 "dedicated" gravel campsites in the 'way back area complete with individual water and electrical hook-ups, but you'll have to come up front for the festivities.  There's a dump station back there too.

UPDATE:  Only one dump station is now available on the fairgrounds, and it is located in the 'Way Back Camping Area.

Sorry, no ground fires.  Campfires/bonfires are permitted provided they are held above the ground in a raised fire box.

Coming a few days earlier or staying later?  No problem!  $12/night rate to be paid to "wagon master" Ray Grodek for the days before and after the DOG, but must be paid by the end of the DOG.

Other Accommodations

Hotels, Motels, Bed & Breakfasts (Wooster, OH)

Due to other local events occurring that week,  HOTEL LODGING is in HIGH DEMAND!  Make your reservations now.

Hilton Garden Inn

Hampton Inn

Days Inn

Econo Lodge

Rodeway Inn

Super 8

Best Western

...plenty of B&B's around.  Nearby Holmes County is the largest Amish settlement in the US; tourism is very popular in this community.