Although the many volunteers experienced a lot of “blood, sweat and tears” in the several weeks before the Folk Festival began on last Thurs. afternoon, June 15, the whole event seemed to be one of the most successful ones in recent years. But, when 100-year-old Gilmer County Belle Elda Campbell led ringing the bell to open the Festival, it got the epic local event off to a great start and set a high tone.

Also, more musical jamming groups were in the downtown Conrad Motel Parking Lot area than in the previous few years. Those groups jammed throughout the night, due to the days being in the 90-degree range.

The Little Kanawha River Trail group attempted to perfect their participation this year, so a series of children’s programs was added.

The Gilmer County Historical Society had its featured speaker in Patty Cooper, who was the historical re-enactor for Anne Newport Royall, the first American lady newspaper editor. A very lively presentation, just like the Ghost Stories Open Mic sessions were on Thursday and Friday nights. The availability of a “Fortune Teller” there also added to the historical drama at the Society, along with the several crafters.

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Following the active and high volume Folk Festival, Gilmer County’s dads had rather inactive and quiet Father’s Day family celebrations. Many had volunteered during the festival, so the day of rest fit in well for them.

Pastor Kenny Fisher, of the First Baptist Church of Glenville, came out of retirement to deliver the message to the Jobs Temple crowd’s Sunday Service, attended mostly by Folk Festival Belles and their families. He wished all dads a “Happy Father’s Day!” Also, the Good Shepherd Catholic Church sponsored a special Father’s Day Luncheon, honoring the 50th anniversary of former pastor Father George Manjandi’s ordination into the priesthood.

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