Tom Fox asks for an apple butter taster

Dawn Fox welcomes old friends from Charleston

By Bib Weaver

Three things you can count on at the Fox Family Festival down on Sycamore, fresh apple butter from the kettle, melt-in-your-mouth "pig" straight from the slow smoldering pit and lots of hospitality.

With spells of sunshine and spitting snow over burning outdoor fires, or a relaxing sit-down before the Fox fireplace, the delicious country cookin' tasted even better.

Tom Fox and his wife Dawn have enjoyed Calhoun for over 30 years, Tom having served as the local Conservation Officer through many of them. He said "I just never wanted to leave," after he was assigned here by DNR. "It has been a wonderful place to raise my family."

Apple butter makin' takes most of the day

The pig is out of the pit, but folks circle the warming fire

Tom and Dawn's three boys and their families helped with the event, Russ and Jay live in Huntington and Matt in DC. Missing this year was Tom's dad, 79-year-old Walter Fox of Belle, who recently had open heart surgery.

Visiting Russ Fox in Huntington, and along for the ride to Sunny Cal, was Peter Bruderer of Switzerland, who is visiting a few weeks in America. "I really love America and like coming to Calhoun County," he said.

Peter from Switzerland visits Sunny Cal

Lots of good food spread 'cross the tables

The Fox's had a rather large assortment of folks attending their annual event yesterday, but the most notable was Tom and Dawn's families.

Tom said "The people of Calhoun have been really good to us." They do not expect to leave.

Bill Harris gets his "Fox Festival" T-shirt with help from Terri

Flurries drive some folks to the fireplace

Both the elder Foxes are deceased, among others in the story.

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