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Molasses Festival Is Sept. 25-27
At West Fork Park, Arnoldsburg

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Plans have been announced for the 47th annual West Virginia Molasses Festival on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 25-27, at West Fork Park, Arnoldsburg.

Quilts only will be accepted on Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Judging will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in a closed session.

Exhibits and country store items can be submitted on Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 2 to 7 p.m. Judging of exhibits will begin at 7:30.

Festival organizers are requesting additional items for the country store. A small fee is charged for each item sold.

Numerous vendors will be operating during the festival and a variety of concessions will be available. Merchant drawings will be held every 15 minutes.

Crowning of the festival king and queen will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25. Candidates from Arnoldsburg Elementary School are as follows:

Grade (teacher), queen candidate, king candidate:

Pre-kindergarten (Moore), Laura Reeves, Bryson Husk; (Naylor), Ryleigh Crislip, Dayvon Mitchell;

Kindergarten (McCumbers), Olivia Zwoll, Aayden Rush; (Fitzwater), Zorianna Hudson, Whatt Knicley;

First (Hupp), Tiara Rogers, Jacob King; (Allen), Ashlynn Fletcher, Logan Flinn;

Second (Webb), Eliza Miller, Dakotah Rook; (Summers), Jessica King, Brayden Phillips;

Third (Garretson), Mia Houchin, Landon Bennett; (Whytsell), Mattea Miller, Johnathan Allman;

Fourth (Freed), Savannah Carpenter, Caleb Morton; (Sampson), Zenna Zwoll, Brandon Phillips.

The king and queen are selected by penny a vote, with proceeds collected by the PTO. Money for candidates must be turned in by Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 11 a.m.

Pretty baby contest is at 7 p.m. on Sept. 25. Additional information is available inside this issue of the newspaper or call Sandy Weaver, 354-6217, after 6 p.m.

One of Sept. 26’s highlights is a sausage and pancake supper from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Gospel music, featuring Shari Johnson, will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m., followed by Rick Falls and the Bear Fork Band.

Sept. 27’s events begin with the 5th annual Calhoun County 4-H & FFA Youth Livestock Show and Sale at Stump Funeral Home parking lot, with animal placement at 10 a.m.; showmanship, 2 p.m.; buyer’s dinner, 4 to 5 p.m.; and sale, 5 p.m. For information, call WVU Extension office, 354-6332, or Don Poage, 354-9064.

Parade line-up will begin at 11 a.m. at Arnoldsburg Elementary. Judging of horses and wagons at the school will begin at noon.

Chicken barbecue is also at 11 a.m.

Classic/Antique Car Show will be held from noon to 4 p.m. For information, call Jimmy Gregory, 655-7569.

The annual Molasses Festival parade, with marshals Harold and Teresa Carpenter, is at 1 p.m.

There will be a cornhole tournament at 3 p.m., and local music and talent from 3 to 6 p.m. Parade trophy presentations are at 3:30, with quilt, raffle, and final merchant drawings at 6:45.

County Line Country will perform from 7 to 10 p.m.

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