(05/31/2012)
As it was 50 years ago, the festival keeps its home town feel. The wording on the crests says "The Tree of the Field is Man's Life". What use to be wooden jewelry and cedar chest has become an event that returns us back to our roots, our history.

To those of us who have been here from its beginning, there is no feeling like the feeling you get when you see the Carnival and Booths as you drive into town.

Organizers are asking local and out-of-state folks to come celebrate the golden anniversary - "Come Home to an Ole Friend".

This year's festival is designed to deliver the best quality entertainment, right here on the streets without a general admission fee.

2011 Wood Festival Royalty

There are lots of food vendors and Lions Club Bingo with the Myers Amusement Carnival.

Thursdayis the first full day of the festival. Booths open at 10:00 am with food, crafts and information booths. Entertainment gets underway on the Main Street Stage at 5:00 with the Calhoun County Committee on Aging Choir. At 5:30 p.m. the New Life Quartet will perform brought to you in Memory of Gregory Propst and Jennifer Propst Miller.

Also Thursday, will be the premiere Calhoun Christmas Connection Dog Show. Registration begins at 5:00 with the Show and Judging at 6:00 p.m. in front of the courthouse.

At 7:00 p.m. will be the Opening Ceremonies with the Introduction of Wood Festival Royalty, the announcement of 2012 Woodchuck Kings and Queens, Presentation of the 2nd Annual Charley Whipkey, Spirit of Wood Festival Award and a welcome by the Wood Festival Committee. The remainder of Gospel Night will be filled with the music of local talent.

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Joe Taxi

Friday Friday starts with the Booths opening at 9:00 a.m. At 5:00 p.m. on the Main Street Stage is Pageant Talent Winners, at 5:30 the Nelson/McCormick Band and at 6:30 will be Stoker 7. At 7:45 p.m. will be Joe Taxi whose lead guitar player and lead singer, Christian Lopez was 2012 American Idol Contestant who appeared on national TV and at 9:00 p.m. Rogers and Son, Oil and Gas brings you The Will Freed Band. Will has been a Festival favorite for the last 2 years.

Will Freed Band

Saturdaymorning at 8:30 a.m. the Calhoun Wood Festival 5K Run and Kids Run sponsored by Tim Moore, State Farm Insurance, will take place with the starting line being on Main Street. Kids Day Activities will be at 10:00 a.m. with games and prizes and lots of fun.

Booths open at 9:00 a.m.

In commemoration of our 50th anniversary there will be an Antique Show at Wayne Underwood Field sponsored by Change the Future West Virginia. Bring your antique be it an automobile, tractor, engine or any other item to the field starting at 9:00 am and the show will run all day till 5:00 in the evening.

Another new feature this year an exhibition by the West Virginia Forestry Association to take place on Wayne Underwood Field. Their exhibition includes a fully working miniature sawmill, and educational exhibits dealing with the forestry industry in West Virginia.

Also on Wayne Underwood Field will be the Wood Festival Corn Hole Tournament sponsored by Change the Future West Virginia and Hersman's Appraisals LLC. Registration will begin at 12:30 with the play starting at 1:30. We will play till we are done even if we have to turn on the lights.

The parade line-up starts at 11:00 a.m. with the 50th annual Calhoun County Wood Festival Parade starting at Noon featuring those who were a part of the festival through the years from past Queen Flora's to Parade Marshals to this year's Parade Marshall, Helen Hamilton.

After the Parade, Past Queen's, Parade Marshalls and Early Wood Festival Committee members will be introduced on the Main Street Stage with a Tea to follow at the Calhoun County Committee on Aging Building hosted by the Calhoun Historical Society.

For more parade info and an entry form see calhouncountywoodfestival.com

The Kowboyz

The West Virginia Bluegrass Alliance will take the stage at 1:30 p.m. with Tom and Carol Wristen at 3:00 playing classic country music. At 4:00 p.m. Rustic Highway will entertain the audience with Progessive Country Music.

At 5:00 p.m. The stage shifts to the landing in front of the Calhoun Realty Office while the evening entertainment sets up the Stage for the evening feature entertainment. The Kowboyz will bring their Country, Western and Karaoke to the Wood Festival. There is no competition this year but anyone who wishes could come to the stage and test their singing skills. The Mountain Rhythm Cloggers will light up the streets at 6:45 on Main Street.

Minnie Hamilton Health System presents Calhoun's very own UPS man, Johnny Staats and the Delivery Boys on the main Street Stage at 7:30 p.m.

Johnny Staats and the Delivery Boys

Chris Higbee

Minnie Hamilton Health System presents Calhoun's very own UPS man, Johnny Staats and the Delivery Boys on the main Street Stage at 7:30 p.m.

At 9:30 p.m. Chris Higbee, (formerly of the Povertyneck Hillbillies) will light up the Stage with his own brand of country and western showmanship with a rock and roll feel, sponsored by Walmart.

You may purchase VIP seating for the Johnny Staats and Chris Higbee shows immediately in front of the stage. Tickets are $20 and available by mail order April 10, to May 10, 2012. Send Check or Money Order to: Calhoun County Wood Festival, PO Box 722, Grantsville, WV 26147 (allow 15 days to receive tickets). The first 25 tickets sold will be invited to the meet and greet with Chris at 7:30 pm at the CCCOA Building.

The 50th Wood Festival will close with the Grand Fireworks Display sponsored by Calhoun Banks.

At 11:00 p.m. Calhoun Banks brings you the "Grand Fireworks Finale" from Pine Creek Hill.

Come Home to and Ole Friend, The 50th annual Calhoun County Wood Festival.

For a list of the 50th Wood Festival sponsors and a full schedule of events see calhouncountywoodfestival.com

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