| It's 'lasses makin' time in Sunny
Cal, a tradition in this part of the world for nearly 200 years. Holding tight to the old
way is the West Virginia Molasses Festival at Arnoldsburg, September
The 34th annual event promises to draw a record number of people to the popular
festival, which is also a homecoming event for many former Calhoun residents.
Follow the country roads through Wild Wonderful West Virginia to Arnoldsburg and
enjoy the West Virginia Molasses Festival
Publicity Chairperson, Ollidene Hall says a special invitation is extended to
out-of-staters to attend this years event. Camper hook-ups are available with electric
for $10 per day, $8 a day without, by contacting Dave Cottrell at 304-655-8604.
Cooperation among community, county and national groups over the past years has
resulted in successful festivals and community improvements, according to President
The community group believes it is important to preserve country traditions like
molasses making, in addition to local history, church activities, family reunions,
gospel and bluegrass music.
Squeezin' the juice
Boilin' the 'lasses
Fillin' the jars
Used cane pile
The Arnoldsburg School will have a reunion of former students, with "Decade Rooms"
and an open house being observed throughout the festival.
Thursday, September 27 there will be judging of exhibits, molasses making
demonstration, musical jam sessions, and the crowning of the King and Queen of the
festival, plus a Pretty Baby Contest.
Friday, September 28 there will be molasses making, with molasses for sale, in
addition to a sausage and pancake supper, the day ending with gospel music.
Saturday, September 29, is Parade Day, with starting time at 1 p.m. Many other
activities will continue throughout the day.
For more information you may call Linda McCartney at 655-7371 or Daniel "Dip" Mace at 354-6822.