(08/28/2001)
Despite some rainy weather, the 4th Annual Fireman's Bluegrass Festival at Chloe was a huge success, according to one of the organizers, Deb Metheney. "It had a family atmosphere with absolutely no problems," she said.

"The festival is growing each year because of the generosity of many businesses and individuals who donated their time and money, even down to the groceries used in the kitchen," said Metheney.

The new electrical hook-ups helped overnight campers enjoy the festival.

The crowd enjoyed the foot-stomping music provided by such groups as Bill Triplett and the Big Otter Bluegrass, Denny Dobbins and Friends, Ray Cadle and the Green Mountain Boys, Carm Tanner and the Spirits of Bluegrass, Black Cat Mountain Bluegrass Boys, Black Diamond and Paul Cottrell and High Mountain Bluegrass.

Chelsa Jones of Mt. Zion was crowned Queen of Bluegrass, along with Dustin Simmons of Grantsville selected as King of the festival. In the three to eight division for King, Shane Cadle of Nebo was crowned King, with runner-up Justin Siers of Chloe. Delegate Bill Stemple and State Fire Marshal Sterling Lewis, Jr. crowned the winning contestants. Lewis congratulated the kids for raising $1000 for the Upper West Fork VFD.

The giant fireworks display on Saturday night received "rave reviews." Metheney said she is grateful to the fireworks crew for their efforts in providing the colorful display.

Even Calhoun County Deputy Sheriff Carl Ballengee donated lots of time on the dunking machine. Early risers on Friday and Saturday enjoyed a sausage, gravy and biscuit breakfast, along with the special Pig Roast event prepared by Assistant Chief Randy Perkins and his crew.

Metheney said she wanted to thank Giar's Grocery for the donation of a raffle quilt.

"We truly thank those who helped and those who attended, and hope to see you again next year," concluded Metheney.


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