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Woodly welcomes festival visitors

September 29, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

The spritely Woodly the Elf is a bright ambassador for the 76th Mountain State Forest Festival.

She will be painting "Magic in the Mountains" throughout the week, sporting a costume that fits the theme like no other.

Jennings Randolph Elementary School student Grace DeMarco created the winning poster that brought her the honor of serving as this year's Woodly the Elf, the Mountain State Forest Festival's official mascot.

Festival patrons will see her running around with an orange suede-cloth tunic and bodice draped in a rainbow of leaves. Her hemline will be trimmed with the same bright leaves.

The tunic's sleeves feature a brown and gold, bright-sequined puff at the shoulders, with a lower sleeve of copper satin cuffed with a leaf print. From her shoulders falls a brilliant gold and brown sequined cape.

Her ensemble is completed by brown corded-velvet leggings tucked into knee-length elf boots with their signature toe curl. The boots are made from brown, floral-embossed, faux leather, with gold and brown sequins.

Her tunic is belted with the same brown leather.

The look is topped off by an elf hat in orange faux suede, featuring the same exaggerated curl as the boots. The hat has an embossed, faux-leather cuff.

Woodly the Elf, who is part of the minor court, is included in many events throughout the festival. In addition to coronation, Woodly participates in the Parade of Children and Grand Feature Parade. The Buckwheat Festival, Wood Chopping Festival, Coalton Days Parade and Strawberry Festival also are on the list of regional events where Woodly will be featured.

DeMarco is the daughter of Frank and Dawn DeMarco of Elkins. She enjoys dance and gymnastics, and takes piano lessons. She has one sister in high school and a brother who is serving in the U.S. Navy.



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