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Autumn on the Dryfork set for Saturday

20 to compete in festival pageant today in the Harman gymnasium

October 11, 2012
By Katie Kuba - Senior Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

Fall into family fun and home-cooked food this weekend at the Autumn on the Dryfork Festival.

The annual event - which has taken place for more than a decade, said organizer Rex Vance - is slated to begin with a flag-raising ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Dryfork Recreation Center in Harman. The center is located behind the old mill, off Route 32.

But before Autumn on the Dryfork can commence, judges must determine who, out of more than 20 participants signed up, will serve as this year's Miss Autumn on the Dryfork. The Dryfork Pageant will take place at 7 p.m. today in the Harman gymnasium; admission costs $1.

On Saturday, attendees have the option of feasting on roast pig and chicken barbecue dinners, complete with beans, coleslaw, a dinner roll and drink. Homemade apple butter and apple cider made on the premises also will be available for purchase.

Vance said there will be no shortage of activities this year. In addition to 10 to 15 artisan and crafts vendors and a silent auction, he said he hopes organizers can kick-start a cornhole tournament.

"We're going to have singing this year by bluegrass and gospel groups," Vance added. "The Harman High School band that's going to be playing for the flag-raising ceremony is going to join with the Tygarts Valley (High School) band and do a skit or number on the baseball field."

Autumn on the Dryfork is a fundamental fundraiser for the community of Harman and specifically, the Dryfork Recreation Center, said Vance, who is president of the Dryfork Recreation Center Inc.

"Being a small community, the kids don't have a lot to do - even the adults don't have a lot of things to do - so it's important for them to come out to see the Recreation Center grow and to see our plan, which calls for a gymnasium, indoor swimming pool, wellness/fitness center, jacuzzi and weight room."

A baseball field, outdoor basketball court, volleyball court, walking track and a concession area already have been installed - as has a stage for entertainment purposes.

"We have about 75 percent completed," Vance said, noting the Dryfork Recreation Center formally will be named the Philip Vandevander Memorial Park in honor of the family from whom the community acquired the 7 acres of land in 1998.

"We don't want to make money," Vance said of the area. "We just want to keep it open.

Further information is available by calling Vance at 304-227-4124.



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