The 47th annual Calhoun County Wood Festival filled
the town of Grantsville last week, with something offered for
Booths wrapped around the courthouse, and the smells of
barbecue and funnel cakes wafted down Main Street. If those weren’t your
choice, there were many other options, including Chinese cuisine,
corndogs, strawberry shortcake, and Italian sausage.
Local artisans and vendors set up in rainy weather on
Thursday, but sunny skies prevailed Friday and Saturday.
The carnival kept children happy and parents busy. A
petting zoo and camel rides were set up on Wayne Underwood Field.
A Confederate flag flew over an encampment of the 19th
Virginia Regiment, Co. A. The “Johnny Rebs” were a part of the festival
to promote a re-enactment of the Sycamore Skirmish in September.
For individuals who enjoy a little bit of dirt and a
whole lot of muck, the Truck and Pro Mud Bog was held on Saturday at the
industrial park on Rt. 5, with 194 entries in 10 classes.
Also riding into town for the festival was fun of a
cleaner nature. Mayberry Memories, with Barney and Gomer, offered many
laughs with memories of days when life was simpler.
The grand parade was full of pageantry, princesses,
politics, and ponies. Kitty and Jeanne Wilson were marshals.
Festivities on the Main Street stage kept the crowd
The first Wood Festival Idol contest was a hit. Show
stopper Autumn Blair, who will be an eighth grader at Calhoun Middle
School, was the top pick of judges. She is the daughter of Jean and Pam
Bands played everything from classic rock and bluegrass
to gospel and oldies. Calhoun natives from the band Dangerfield met
again on stage for the first time since 1972.
Both Main and Market were filled with lawn chairs as the
town bid farewell to the 47th Wood Festival. The fireworks finale filled
the sky late Saturday night.
Congratulations to the Wood Festival officers, Judy
Powell, president; Angie Hersman, vice president; Debbie King,
secretary; and Jim Sullivan, treasurer; other members of the board of
directors, Jackie Blankenship, Carol Sloane, Loretta Freshour, Shirley
Ball and Paige Toney; and members-at-large, Colleen Sullivan, Jim
McCormick, Joe Hersman, Roger Jarvis, Leonard Powell, Connie Sullivan,
Bryan Toney and Andy Bremar.
It was a job well done by all.
Besides an opportunity for the county to be thoroughly
entertained and totally overfed, the festival offered a time for reunion
and reconnection. The streets were filled with familiar faces and old
Grandkids danced and grandpas tapped their toes. Moms
didn’t have to make dinner and dads got fried food and ice cream without
In the words of Barney Fife, the Wood Festival, like his
girl Thelma Lou, is “getting bigger and better.”