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Chelsey Ball won the title of Queen Flora XLVII on Monday evening at Calhoun Middle/ High School. She was also chosen as Miss Photogenic.

Chelsey Ball - Queen Flora XLVII
photo by Angie

First alternate is Kayla Boggs, who was selected for People’s Choice award. Second alternate is Leslie Garrett. Other princesses are Trenda Jo Over-bay (Miss Congeniality) and Samantha Wilson.

Left to right, Kayla Boggs, first alternate; Chelsey Ball, Queen Flora, and Leslie Garrett, second alternate. photo by Angie Hersman.

On Tuesday evening, in the Miss Wood Festival Pageant (ages 18 to 26 division), Ashley Rutherford won the title. She was also named interview winner and will represent the festival in the Miss West Virginia USA Pageant.

First runner up and swimsuit winner was Maria Kisner, who will represent the festival in the Fairs and Festivals Pageant. Brigitte Morris was named Miss Photogenic.

Other winners from Monday and Tuesday are listed on page five.

The 47th annual Calhoun County Wood Festival will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with the theme “Hickory Smoked and Full of Fun.”

The festival will feature mandolin player Johnny Staats on the Main Street Stage on Saturday night, sponsored by Houchin Construction and Drilco Oil & Gas.

“Mayberry Memories” will return, with Scott Epperson and Bruce Neuman as Barnie Fife and Gomer Pyle, sponsored by Minnie Hamilton Health System.

Entertainment gets underway on Thursday at 5 p.m. and ends with a performance by The Chase from 9 to 11 p.m., sponsored by Grantsville Foodland.

Participants will compete on the Main Street Stage on Friday at 5 p.m. in the Wood Festival Idol contest. The winner will receive a free demo recording session from Sweetsong Productions and perform during Satur-day evening’s entertainment.

From 9:30 to 11 p.m. on Friday, Dixie Moon will perform, sponsored by Rogers and Son Oil and Gas.

The grand parade on Saturday at 11 a.m. will feature parade marshals Harold “Kitty” and Jeanne Wilson.

Parade Marshals Harold "Kitty" and Jeanne Wilson.

Musical entertainment gets underway at noon on Saturday. Dangerfield will perform from 9:30 to 11 p.m.

The Calhoun Wood Festival Points Series Mud Bog will be held at Calhoun Industrial Park at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Professional mud drivers, along with pro and amateur mud racers, will compete. Host will be Toby Wagoner. Mud Bog T-shirts will be available. The Mud Bog is sponsored by Calhoun Realty, Heiney & Son, Furr’s Auto Sales, and Calhoun Auto Care.

The exhibit area will expand this year by utilizing the area in front of the former Super Service building.

A new feature at the festival will be Civil War reenactors camping at the mouth of Phillips Run Creek at Wayne Under-wood Field, Grantsville, sponsored by 19th Virginia Regiment, Co. A, Moccasin Rangers Civil War reenactment group.

Also at Underwood Field will be camel rides and a children’s petting zoo. A flea market will be held on Saturday at the former Calhoun High School parking lot.

The festival will come to a close with a fireworks display at 11 p.m. on Saturday, sponsored by Calhoun Banks.

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