WVSF activities planned all week

BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Strawberry Festival has a full calendar of activities planned through Sunday.

“So far, the 73rd festival is going great,” WVSF President Charliena Eubank said Monday. “We have had a lot of new activities added this year. Some of our old things are also back, thus fitting the theme ‘Old Traditions and New Beginnings.’

“I’m really excited to see how the cruise-in is going to go (at 5:30 p.m. today on East Main Street), and especially for the next three days of activities, including the parades and Grand Feature Parade. We had a wonderful turn out for the Horse and Carriage Parade even though the weather was a little damp. That’s OK. They were all here, they had a great time and we’re ready for the rest of the week.”

Stop by the WVSF Headquarters located across from the Upshur County Courthouse on East Main Street or visit www.wvstrawberryfestival.com for a calendar of events for the week.

The WVSF headquarters has announced the winners of the children’s photogenic contest. Conner Marple of Buckhannon won first place in the 19-24 month category for boys, followed by Thomas Wilsoncroft of Buckhannon and Brody Hull of French Creek who tied in second place. For the 37-47 month category, Breckin Triplett of Buckhannon won first place.

In the 4-5 year category Branson Triplet and Brooks Triplett, both of Buckhannon, tied for first place, followed by another tie for second place between Mikey Miller of Buckhannon and Brody Reed of Lost Creek. Michael Kimble of Buckhannon took first place for the 6-7 year category.

For the girls, Charlotte Helmick of Buckhannon won first place for the birth to 3 month category, followed by Emily Kincaid of Buckhannon in second. Hanna Bowers and Molly Manspeaker, both of Buckhannon, tied in third place.

For the 4-6 month category, Hayden Heston of Buckhannon won first place, followed by Naomi Hibbs of Buckhannon in second and Morgan Rowan of Buckhannon in third. Gabrielle Perrine of Buckhannon won first place for the 7-12 month category, followed by Alexandria Kimble of Buckhannon in second place.

In the 13-18 month category, Brynn Triplett of Buckhannon won first place, followed by Aubry Reed of Lost Creek and Reagan Wilson of Rock Cave tied for second. Gracie Queen of Weston won first place for the 19-24 month category.

In the 25-30 month category, Mikinley Duke of Buckhannon won first place followed by Kyah Roby of French Creek in second. Ella Whitehair of Buckhannon won first place in the 31-36 month category, and Novah Wilson of Rock Cave won first place in the 37-47 month category.

The 4-5 year category winner is Hailey Bowers of Buckhannon, followed by Kylie Hull of French Creek in second and a tie for third place between Kira Howes of Buckhannon and Nevaeh Riffle of Buckhannon.

In the 8-9 year category, Alexis Fultz of French Creek won first place. Sephanie Santilli of Philippi won first place in the 10-11 year category.

Winners will receive a ribbon to be picked up at the WVSF Headquarters on East Main Street during festival week. They also are invited to participate in the Junior Royalty Parade Thursday, but the family must provide their own car. The lineup is at 5:30 p.m. on Pocahontas Street, followed at 6:30 p.m. by the start of the parade.