Hovering rain didn't keep folks away from the 36th annual West Virginia Molasses Festival parade yesterday afternoon. What appeared to be a record crowd enjoyed the parade, with rain holding off until the event was over.

King and Queen of the 2003 Molasses Festival, Logan McKown,
son of Tara McKown and Keith McKown of Arnoldsburg and
Choley Boggs, daughter of Steve and Paula Boggs of Arnoldsburg

The Calhoun County High School band performs for the crowd

Parade Marshall's Blanche and Randall Whytsell
recognized for their community service

The "pan men" stir the hot sugar water

Vier Hall scrapes off the skimmins' making the product,
with all the molasses being sold

Cloggers liven up the main stage area

Eugene Murphy and Dalton Siers, Westforkers and graduates of Class of 1958, return for visit

Belting those country blues...

Kids enjoy the rides and the rain

Calhoun Belle for 2003 - Ruby Esther Shock

Berdine pulls out some of his restored tractors, including Vic Brannon's old model which carries a sign "Born Republican -1953"

Upper West Fork fireman dispenses the candy

Wood Festival Queen Flora XLI-Victoria Lamont

Grantsville's VFW Post "Remembers America"

World famous basket float

Patriotic entry

CCHS Homecoming Queen 2003 Brittany Church

Calhoun High princesses Teresa Siers and Samantha Parsons, Senior Class; Felicia Parsons and Britiney Sampson, Junior Class; Casey Westfall and Amanda Richards Sophomore Class; Natasha Shock and Courtney McKown, Freshman Class

... appear in Molasses Parade...

...with homecoming two weeks away