Junior to host first town festival in years

JUNIOR — After several years without a celebration, a Town of Junior Festival and car show will be offered this weekend in Barbour County.

Teresa Rider, an organizer for the upcoming festival, explained that years ago the town held a similar celebration, but over time those in charge stepped away from the event.

Rider said coordinating the reinvented event took roughly four months with the intention to bring folks together through a lively weekend of family activities.

Like the original festival, she said this year’s event is to “boost the town of Junior.”

The festival kicks off at 5 p.m. on Friday with a town history display. The entertainment for the night will be from Phil Wiseman, who will perform at 6 pm.

Saturday’s activities will begin at 11 a.m. with a concession stand and Rex’s Calzones. Jay McClung will be the entertainer for the afternoon beginning at 1 p.m.

The parade will begin at 2 p.m. at the city hall parking lot. Following the parade, a cake walk and other activities are planned for attendees. Woody Flint, Michael Zastawniak and John Daugherty are the entertainers for the evening activities.

Sunday — considered Gospel Day — will feature a car show from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Junior Volunteer Fire Department. There will be a $5 entry fee and a spaghetti dinner.

Entertainment will begin at 1 p.m. with Jeff Frey followed by the Save by Grace Gospel at 2 p.m.

From the Weaver Church of Nazarene, Kelly Wilson, Faith Ware Vernon Poling and the Men’s Ministry will make an appearance.

To conclude the festival, a service by Johnny Paul Williams, pastor of Weaver Church of the Nazarene, will be conducted.

Seating is provided, but may be limited. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs.