Fall Festival draws crowd

For 30 years now, folks have been coming to Mt. Liberty in Barbour County to the Fall Festival. This past Saturday was no exception. Young and old were able to enjoy good food, music, fellowship, crafts and apple butter.

Jane Ann Weese said that an estimated 50 gallons of the festival’s famous apple butter was made on the grounds to be sold throughout the day.Weese has attended all 30 years of the festival and said there was a good turnout this year.

The festival began when Herbert Holbert donated part of his land for the community building to be built. He even was on hand this year to take his turn at stirring the apple butter. Despite his 92 years, he works as hard as the rest of the community in making the festival possible.

Valli Jones Davis, from nearby Union, said that she always attends the festival, but this year she was asked to sing and play her guitar on stage.

“It’s been great. I just love it,” Davis said. She encouraged others to get into music when they are young. She didn’t learn to play until the age of 45, and missed out on all those years of playing and singing.

“If you have a young child, introduce them to music at an early age,” she said. “Then, they will always have a way to lift their spirits.”

Activities also included the clowns Fuzzy and Stubbles, as well as singing by John Bolton, Steve Smith, Diane Byrer, Jim and Valerie Gabehart, and No One You Hardly Ever Knew. Gospel group Joyful Noise said they have been coming to Mt. Liberty for about 20 years.

The evening closed with a cake walk and entertainment by Rich Spotloe and the Good Ol’ Boys.

Twila Smith helped by introducing the guests and said, “This is a result of a lot of people doing a lot of different jobs to make it work. It takes the whole community.”

President Dottie Golden thanked everyone for coming out and supporting the community to make it a success.

“It just seems like a family reunion,” Golden said.

The Mount Liberty Fall Festival is held the third Saturday in October each year.