Submitted by Debbie Metheney

The 7th Annual Fireman's Bluegrass Festival held August 12, 13 and 14 at Chloe was a big success. The event is sponsored by the Upper West Fork Volunteer Fire Department.

Everyone enjoyed plenty of good foot stomping music with bands like, Bill Triplett and Big Otter Bluegrass, Ray Cadle and Green Mountain Boys, Muddy Krick Mountain Boys, Denny Dobbins and friends, Weekend Grass, Killbuck Valley Bluegrass, Bud Keen and Country Mix, Muddy River Bluegrass Band, and Spirits of Bluegrass.

Early risers were able to sit down to a big breakfast Friday and Saturday morning, with plenty of good food served the rest of the day.

Thanks to Delegate Bill Stemple, who sponsored the Pig Roast. The pig was roasted by Fire Chief Randy Perkins.

On Friday night the First Annual Miss Bluegrass Pageant was held with more than fifty contestants entering.

Winners in the "Teeny" Division are: First Place-Emily Sears of Chloe; Second Place-Emilea Holcomb of Ivydale; Third Place-Morgan Workman of Bickmore; Miss Photogenic was Emilia Holcomb

The "Tiny" Division winners: First Place-Courtney Burgess of Walton; Second Place-Hannah Davis of Gassaway; Third Place-Jessica Summers of Orma; Miss Photogenic is Hannah Davis.

Winners in the "Juvenile" Division are: First Place-Ashlyn Frame of Gassaway; Second Place- Brooklyn Boggs of Nebo; Third Place- Autumn Blair of Chloe; Miss Photogenic is Amber Harper.

The "Junior" Division winners are; First Place-Danielle Kendall of Grantsville; Second Place-Ashley Conley of Orma; Third Place- Saige Enos of Akron, Ohio; Miss Photogenic is Ashley Conley.

The "Senior" Division winners are: First Place-Britney Robinson of Exchange; Second Place Amber Kowalski of Burnsville; Third Place- Jeanette Starcher of Mt. Zion; Miss Photogenic is Britney Robinson.

L to R: Miss Bluegrass-Britney Robinson, Chief Randy Perkins and Fireman's Choice Queen-Jeanette Starcher

The Upper West Fork Firefighters selected Jeanette Starcher as "Fireman's Choice" Queen. Jeanette is the 17 year old daughter of Janet Starcher of Mt. Zion. Jeanette is believed to be the first queen ever, selected by the fireman to represent them.

Saturday night everyone was treated to a big fireworks display, a colorful finale to the Festival.

The Upper West Fork Fire Department would like to thank all the business and individuals who donated to the festival. Without their help it would be impossible to put on the event. The Festival is a fundraiser to benefit the Volunteer Fire Department.

A special thanks to all the volunteers who donated time. The Festival committee hopes to see everyone again next year.