Norville McCune of Orma enjoyed the Molasses Festival parade, more particularly the horses. McCune is
among the last of the old-time farmers that still uses horses. "I like'em," he said. "I can keep up with'em, even at my
Horses pulling wagons and buggies, even some single riders - they all came to participate in the 37th Molasses
Festival Parade Saturday
Horses recall an earlier time where they played an important role ...
... in getting from here to there, and doing work duty on family farms
Dog may be man's best friend, but it is likely the horse that built civilization.
Maybe the best quote is on a marker in a Kentucky horse park -"History was written on the back of a horse."
The 37th WV Molasses Festival parade had a noticeable increase in horse entries, horses of all shapes, sizes and models.
There seems to be a resurgence in horse owners and groomers in the area, and many of them came to a field across from the main festival ground for an overnight camp out.
The horse throughout history spread culture and civilization, with horseless societies lagging behind. During the western expansion of America, the horse played an important role to folks crossing the hills of West Virginia and westward ho.
In Sunny Cal, the horse was used to travel to the county seat or Spencer, but more importantly it was the work horse that allowed early settlers to till and farm the unkind landscape.