The World Championship Dutch Oven Cook-off will again be a feature of Utah State University's Festival of the American West, according to coordinator Dick Michaud.

A part of the festival for four years, the event brings together "some of the best dutchers in the West, their delicious recipes and crowds of Dutch oven aficionados from all over the country," Michaud said.The eight-day festival on the USU campus begins July 29. The event features Indian dancers, mountain men, cowboys, cavalrymen and artisans in outdoor events. A nightly historical pageant features taped narration by Hollywood actor Jimmy Stewart and a cast of 200 singers, dancers and actors.

Michaud said the Dutch oven cook-off, held during the last four days of the festival, includes competitions in three categories plus a championship event.

Aug. 3 will be vegetable night; Aug. 4 is meat night, and Aug. 5 is dessert night. Aug. 6 is championship night and instead of single-dish entries, participants must prepare a meat entree, a vegetable side dish and a raised bread recipe, Michaud said.

The Dutch oven cook-off has become a popular addition to the festival. Last year's event was judged by Betsy Balsley, food editor of the Los Angeles Times. She featured the event and recipes in a story in the paper.

The cook-off will also be featured in the September edition of Sunset magazine, Michaud said.

Prizes for the cook-off, totaling $3,000, include a trip for two to Las Vegas, new Dutch ovens and cash.

Michaud said contestant slots are still open. Anyone interested in entering should contact the festival office at 750-1143. General questions concerning the cook-off should be addressed to Michaud at 750-1024.