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The 49th annual Calhoun County Wood Festival will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 2-4, with the theme “Taking It To the Streets.”

Festival week begins on Tuesday, May 31, with a Pretty Baby contest at 5:30 p.m. and Little Miss, Queen Flora and Miss Wood Festival pageants at 7:00.

Booths open at noon on Thursday, June 2. Gospel night gets underway at 5 p.m., with local and regional talent.

At 7 p.m., crowning of Mr. and Miss Woodchuck, introductions of the Wood Festival royalty, and the presentation of the Calhoun County Wood Festival Spirit award will be  held.

New Life Quartet will perform at 8:30, featuring Calhoun native Zane Gherke, and sponsored by Roger and Loretta Propst as a thank you for the love and prayers for Jen.

On Friday, June 3, booths open at 10 a.m. Opening of the Grantsville Farmer’s Market will be from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Wayne Underwood Field picnic shelter.

Friday evening, Karaoke Cowboys will host the return of Calhoun Idol. The winner will receive a free recording session at Sweetsong Productions in Parkersburg. Registration will be available

Calhoun’s own Side FX will entertain at 9 p.m., featuring the music of Jeremy “Fat Boy” Houchin, and sponsored by Minnie Hamilton Health System.

Saturday, June 4, at 8:30 a.m., are the Calhoun Wood Festival 5K Fun Run, Walk, and Children’s Race, sponsored by Tim Moore and Change the Future West Virginia.

Kids Day celebration begins at 10:00 in front of the courthouse, sponsored by Loren B. Howley, Attorney at Law.

Grand Parade begins at noon. Line-up will be at Grantsville Volunteer Fire Dept. Parade marshals are Burl and Jean Muncy Simers. 

Corn Hole Tournament will take place in the Stump Funeral Home/Committee on Aging area with the winning teams earning $100 for first and $50 for second. Team entry fee is $10 and registration begins at 10 a.m. at the information booth. Games begin at 1 p.m., sponsored by Holbert’s Store.

Bluegrass Alliance will perform after the parade until 3 p.m. on the Main Street stage.

Kiddie Peddle Tractor Pulls at 2 p.m. is sponsored by Grantsville Volunteer Fire Dept. Registration begins at noon at the information booth.

Stoker 7 and John Richards will be among the talent starting at 3:15 p.m.

The Will Freed Band will be on the main stage at 5 p.m., sponsored by Houchin Construction.

At 7:00, Plan B returns with a cross section of music, sponsored by Rogers and Son.

Dangerfield plays at 9 p.m., with Harry Beall, Lyle Kerby, Rick Poling, Roger Bush, Dave Bush and friends, sponsored by Traders Guide.

Grand Fireworks Finale will be held at 11 p.m., and shot from Pine Creek Hill. Sponsors are Calhoun Banks and the 2011 Woodchuck Contest participants.

More sponsorships will help ensure more events for the festival. If you are interested in helping with the 49th edition of the Calhoun County Wood Festival, send contributions to Sponsorship, CCWF, P.O. Box 722, Grantsville, WV 26147.

For information on the following activities, call the committee chairpersons: Booths, Judy Powell, 488-7679; Pag­eant, Paige Toney, 354-7411; Parade, Curt Garretson, 354-6332; Entertainment, Jim Sullivan, 531-0084 or 477-3489.

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