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Calhoun County made more new friends last weekend!

It was the weekend of the Creston Oil Corp. outing and the annual invasion by Sims Family Barbecue of Granite Falls, N.C., and their followers from Dudley Shoals Baptist Church. Each year, a few more people from the South beg invitations to accompany the barbecue crew to the hills and valleys of Calhoun County.

Their arrival began very early Thursday morning, with more coming Friday, and the last two showing up on Saturday. Their vehicles were loaded with sleeping bags, pillows and air mattresses. There was plenty of space--but not enough beds. Young people slept on the living room floor, in a horse trailer and in an unfinished building. Adults were on sofas, and any vacant space they could find. They also brought food, not just for the barbecue, but for other meals too.

They love Calhouners! Fourteen of them went to the Calhoun/Gilmer Historical Society outing and shared our bountiful picnic and appreciation for our veterans of World War II.

They loved the river, even though their trusty mechanic got stuck trying to ford the Little Kanawha, and had to be pulled out. There was a shopping trip to local stores in Grantsville, followed by hickeys and milk shakes at the drug store. Another group chose to have breakfast at a local restaurant.

Thank you, Calhounians, for your friendly acceptance of our guests. They really do love you!

 Keith Sims (left), founder of Sims Family Barbecue of Granite Falls, read about the Peter and Linda Sims family business of Arnoldsburg in the Chronicle. He was determined to meet this new family, which was fortunate enough to start a family-owned business in his adopted Calhoun County. He and Peter shared information about their respective families and also about raising children in a family enterprise. He loved the ice cream served by smiling teenagers and plans to return on his next visit to the county.

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