Jerry Jones is "blading the cane" and preparing for the Molasses
Festival. he and Ordie Rogers grew this crop on Pink Road for the
The 42nd annual West Virginia Molasses Festival will be
held Thursday, Friday and Saturday at West Fork Park, Arnoldsburg.
Exhibits and country store items could be submitted
until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, with judging to begin at 7:30 and completed
by noon on Thursday.
Articles previously exhibited at the Molasses Festival
may be shown again, but are not eligible for judging.
Molasses making demonstrations begin Thursday and will
be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.
Also on Thursday is the crowning of the king and queen
at 6 p.m. Candidates are students at Arnoldsburg Elementary. Pretty
baby contest is at 7 p.m.
Numerous vendors will be operating during the festival
and a variety of concessions will be available.
One of Friday’s highlights is a sausage and pancake
supper from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cake walks, sponsored by Glenville Care
and Rehab, begin at 5:30.
Gospel music at 7:30 p.m. includes David Bowen Family,
Stockner Family and Friends, and Ron Shamblin.
On Saturday, cookoff contest entries will be accepted
from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Trophies will be awarded for first, second, third
and crowd favorite.
Calhoun Middle School Ath-letic Boosters will sponsor a
rubber ducky race at 10 a.m. Tickets for $5 are available from members.
Chicken barbecue sales will begin at 11 a.m.
Festival parade will be at 1 p.m. Line-up begins at 11
a.m. at Arnoldsburg Elementary.
Karaoke will be held at 2 p.m., which is also the
deadline for entries into the Idol Contest that will be held at 3 p.m.
Also at 3:00 will be kids’ games and a corn hole
tournament. Age groups for a greased pig contest are 6-8, 9-12 and
13-16. Entry fee is $5. Fee for an obstacle course for ages five and
under is $1.
Parade trophy presentations will be at 3:30 p.m. Quilt
and final prize drawings will be at 6:30.
Country music, with Cross-fire, will begin at 7 p.m.
Proceeds from the festival, which is sponsored by West
Fork Community Action, are used for maintaining and improving projects
in the Arnoldsburg/Millstone area.