Spring has sprung with fun for youth, young families and the young-at-heart at Spring Fest 7 scheduled for Friday through Sunday in Franklin.
Amusement abounds with such antics as a Wild Wonderful Wacky WV Parade, outhouse races, youth and adult box car races, Kiss-a-Pig Contest, a ducky race, a Mad Hatter's Tea Party, a fish fry and fiddlin', a family field day and a wildlife show added to the wildly popular fishing in the Trophy Trout Rodeo.
The Fishing Rodeo has enticed 300 to 500 fisherman annually to compete for prizes up to $700 by catching tagged fish from about two miles of the South Branch of the Potomac River.
The prizes are awarded to the three youth and three adult fisherman who catch the fish with the lowest number tags.
The Fishing Rodeo is sanctioned and run by the rules of the Division of Natural Resources with fish provided by Greer Lime Co. in Germany Valley.
Landowners have given fishing permission for Saturday only, according to Liz Warner, director of the Pendleton County Chamber of Commerce which sponsors Spring Fest.
Stream marshals will be present to clip tags from catch-and-release trout and register tag numbers along with the name of the angler to authenticate prize awards, Warner added.
For those non-anglers who might accompany the rodeo fishermen, Spring Fest also offers, concerts, a craft/flea market, a fun dog show, food vendors, a chili cook-off, a basketball shootout and a horseshoe tournament.
Last year, the Chamber of Commerce added a box car derby for 7- to 12-year-old drivers to compete in three age divisions in pre-built box cars traveling down a hill near the Community Center.
This year, adults will be allowed to compete in adult versions of the popular box cars.
"We tried to plan as many amusements as we could to appeal to families, local participants and visitors. We're always adding new and interesting events, and Spring Fest is continually growing each year," Warner said.
"My family loved every minute of last year's Spring Fest, and this year - an outhouse race - we are there," said Marlena Beachler, coordinator of the Box Car Derby and mother of two.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
7 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: Craft/Flea Market setup.
10 a.m.. - 5 p.m..: Spring Fest Headquarters open
11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.: Crafts and Flea Market open.
Noon - 5 p.m.: Used book sale, Public Library.
3 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.: Box Car Derby and Trout Rodeo Registrations, Craft Building.
5 p.m. - 6 p.m.: Josh and Anna Blout performance Fire Department grounds.
6 p.m.: Wild Wonderful Wacky WV Parade, Main Street.
6:30 p.m.: Outhouse Races, Franklin Town Park.
7 p.m.: Kiss-a-Pig, Fire Department grounds.
7 p.m. - 8 p.m.: 304 Band performance, Fire Department grounds.
7:15 p.m.: Egg Drop, Fire Department grounds.
8 p.m. - 10 p.m.: Roots with Wings Concert featuring The Hackens Boys, PCHS auditorium.
6:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.: Trout Rodeo Registration, Craft Building.
7 a.m.: Chili Cook-off, Fire Department grounds.
7 a.m.: Buckwheat/Pancake Breakfast, Ruritan Building.
8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.: Crafts and Flea Market open.
8 a.m. - noon: Trout Rodeo, within fishing boundaries.
9 a.m.: Stream life exploration.
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Used book sale, Public Library.
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Youth Art Project, Craft Building.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Boggs House Museum.
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Spring Fest Headquarters open.
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Lisa's Dance Studio performance, Craft Building main stage.
10:30 a.m. - noon: Box Car Derby registration and trial runs, Derby Tent.
11 a.m.: Derby Car Build Demo, Craft Building.
Noon - 12:30 p.m.: Duck Race, Priest Mill Raceway.
Noon - 3 p.m.: Mad Hatter's Tea Party, TMF Tea Room.
Noon - 5 p.m.: Chili Cook-off (tasting), Fire Department grounds.
Noon - 1 p.m.: Little Switzerland Cloggers.
12:45 p.m. - 5 p.m.: Youth/Adult Boxcar Derby, Bowling Alley Hill, awards to follow.
1 p.m. - 5 p.m.: Music by DJ Damian Moats.
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.: Fishing awards, Craft Building.
4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.: Fish Fry & Fiddlin', Community Building Main Stage.
5 p.m. - 6 p.m.: Wildlife Show, Craft Building Main Stage.
8 p.m.: Family Square Dance, live music, caller and instruction, Community Building.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Crafts open.
11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.: Gospel Music Morning, TMF Craft Building.
Noon - 4 p.m.: Spring Fest Headquarters open.
Noon: Horseshoe Tournament, Franklin Town Park.
12:30 p.m.: Basketball Shooting Contest, Town Park.
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.: Ice Cream Social, Craft Building.
1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.: Family Field Day, Town Park.
2:30 p.m.: 50/50 raffle drawing, TMF Craft Building Stage.
2:30 p.m.: Registration for Fun Dog Show, Craft Building.
3 p.m. - 4 p.m.: Fun Dog Show, TMF Craft Building, benefit Pendleton Animal Welfare (PAWS).
4 p.m.: Spring Fest closes