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I have been told that it takes rain and sunshine to make a rainbow. I guess that means Calhoun County should be looking for a rainbow.

There were many events planned in the county last Saturday--and they were completed before heavy rains caused flooding in the county.

From a town-wide yard sale in Grantsville to Spring Fever at Calhoun County Park to the 4th annual Volunteer Fire Dept. pork roast in Arnoldsburg, there was something going on for everyone.


Yard Sale

It was not a typical May weekend, with temperatures dropping into the 60s. This did not frighten off diehard yard sale shoppers. Though the sky was dark and rain was threatening, many came out for the town-wide yard sale.

Sales began at 8 a.m. and were scheduled to continue until 4 p.m. Vendors were set up on Pine, Calhoun, Mill and Market streets, and other areas, including the town parking lot. 

Items, from fishing rods to knee socks, could be found, as well as bake sale merchandise and a lot of random objects that only a “yard sale shopper” could appreciate.

Left to right, council members Joann Shock, Connie Schoolcraft and Loretta Stevens are selling items to raise money for a fire siren in town.

Susie Barnes sells items for Calhoun Historical Society in front of Stump Hotel.

Jennifer and Megan Hartz sell bake goods for Heartwood in the Hills.

Pete and Romaine Walburn of Belmont County, Ohio, were visitors at the yard sale.

Rain was in the forecast, but the sun was shining on the faces of shoppers and vendors.


Spring Fever

Calhoun County Park hosted Spring Fever on Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. The crowd was small, with only a handful of vendors and shoppers.

Although the park had arranged for over 30 vendors, cold temperatures could have been a factor.

In the afternoon, members   of W.Va. Bluegrass Alliance played from the porch of Herb C. Smith community building. Back Fork Bluegrass, Country Cutups and Mountain Bluegrass also performed.

Re-enactors of the 19th Regiment Virginia Calvary, Company A. (known as Calhoun’s Moccasin Rangers) were present. Perhaps, the squad was scouting out the best site for its upcoming battle and re-enactment in September.

Captain Dennis Carter and his troops will present the Skirmish at Sycamore Creek for the public.


Civil War re-enactors are, left to right, Capt. Dennis Carter, Terry Whited, Aaron Cottrelle, Dave Williams and Donald Jones.

Left to right, Terry Whited, Nub Marks and Levi J. Morris were at Heritage Village last week.

Penny Stirling was a vendor at Calhoun County Park.

Blacksmith Grant Clark was one of the vendors at Spring Fever.

Jim Bell and Brian and Sandra Coon Luskin were at Heritage Village during Saturday’s Spring Fever event.

Art Trippet, Eugene Stevens, Charlie Jones, Ruth Beall, Bob Beall, Nellie Bokinskie, Bill Jones.

Refreshments, games and drawings were available all day and the event ended with a performance from Dixie Moon.


Pork Roast

At West Fork Park, Arnoldsburg, people were kicking up their heels to several area bands, including Bill Cutlip and Big Otter Bluegrass, and Crossfire.

The 4th annual Arnoldsburg Fire Dept. Pork Roast was well attended, and included entertainment, rummage sale, auctions, raffles, and a dime toss.

Clay Boggs enjoyed the dime toss.

Dustin Carpenter and four-month-old son Brennen enjoyed the festivities.

Assistant chief Eric Schoolcraft (left) and fireman Paul King were two of the many workers at pork roast.

Cousins, Michelle Hall, daughter of Rick and Patricia Hall, and Trenton King, son of Paul and Paula King, enjoyed the pork roast.

Three generations supported the local fire department’s fundraiser. Left to right, are Chrissy Johnson, granddaughter; Marty Parks, daughter; Joyce Meeks, daughter; and Gae Bailey.

Winners of the 50-50 drawings were Judy Dillon and Rob Johnson, both of Arnoldsburg.

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