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48th Wood Festival A Success
by Maricia Mlynek

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The board of directors, committee chairpersons, and members of the Calhoun County Wood Festival have done it again.

The 48th annual Wood Festival was another success due to the efforts of a group that has worked tirelessly for the past months planning and scheduling.

The festival had a variety of events to choose from, including traditional pageants, entertainment, food/game booths, carnival rides, bingo, vendors, and parade.

For those who appreciate big tires and sloppy fun, the Mud Bog was a usual crowd pleaser, along with the new addition of an ATV and garden tractor pull.

On Friday and Saturday, weather threatened to dampen the festivities, but rain or shine, the events went on without a hitch.

Some excitement came during the thunder, a few mishaps, and even some wildlife entering the town, but in the end, most went home with full stomachs, empty pockets, and happy hearts.

At first glance, Main Street simply looked like rows of lawn chairs and a crowd of strangers. At a closer view, it was actually a place for old friends to reunite, families to share in fun, and several generations to connect.

It was like Christmas in June. The kids were excited, families were in town, and everyone ate too much.

All good things come to an end . . . the streets are back to normal, the crowd has dispersed, and the dust has settled.

Thanks go to all who make the festival happen. It has become more than a fun event for the children: the Wood Festival is in many ways like a holiday at the beginning of summer.

The following is a list of members that made up the 2010 Calhoun County Wood Festival, Inc.:

Officers: president, Judy Powell; vice president, Angie Hersman; secretary, Debbie King; treasurer, Jim Sullivan; auditor, Jackie Blankenship;

Board of directors: Paige Toney, Carol Sloan, Shirley Ball, Loretta Freshour, Norma Freshour;

Members-at-large: Colleen Sullivan, Bryan Toney, Joe Hersman, Michael Sullivan, and Josh Stull.


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