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Annual Mount Liberty Fall Festival set for Saturday

October 13, 2010
The Inter-Mountain

The 27th annual Mount Liberty Fall Festival will be Saturday at the Mount Liberty Community Center between Philippi and Belington in Barbour County.

The festival takes place each year on the third Saturday in October, and will once again be a fun-filled day for the whole family.

Opening ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. with a welcome to the MLFF President Dottie Golden and the official flag raising by local Cub Scout Troop 63.

There will be a live remote by WDNE radio from 10 a.m. to noon.

The kitchen will be open with barbecue sandwiches, hot dogs and more. Outside the making of apple butter over an open fire will already be in progress.

Vendors can rent craft/product tables for $10 and up. Arrangements for table space will be on a first come, first served basis.

A new attraction this year will be the West Virginia Bopping Heads Green Screen Fun Machine. According to organizers, there is a participation fee to give this a try and is great fun for the participants and the spectators.

On the main stage beginning at 10:15 a.m., who knows what will happen with a performance and audience participation by Fuzzy and Stubbles. Fuzzy and Stubbles will be there for a couple of hours for the Children's Festival on the lower level following their show. There will be fun, face-painting and animal balloons.

The Children's Festival will begin at 10:30 a.m. on the lower level and will continue until 4 p.m. with games such as dime pitch, pickup ducks, lollipop tree, etc.

Back by popular demand this year on the main stage is nationally acclaimed musician Buddy Griffin and the Glenville State College Bluegrass Band.

They will begin performing at 11 a.m.

New this year is Nashville recording artist Steve Smith. His "Don't Blame My Heart" CD is being played on several regional radio stations. His show will begin at 12:30 p.m.

At 2 p.m., well-known local group The Linda Lee Band will continue the entertainment. The group will take the stage with a variety of country and oldies and any requests that they can accommodate.

The "voice" of Silverado will take the stage at 3:30 p.m. Back each year by request is Barbour County's own John Bolton, who is well known all over the state.

Also back by request each year is the family gospel group called Joyful Noise at 5 p.m. Their family harmonies will fill your ears and your hearts with an uplifting message, organizers said.

Following a short setup, the evening activities will include a cake social at 7 p.m. Live music for the cake social is always provided by a popular local group called Rich Spotloe and the Good Ol Boys.

There is no admission to the festival, so come hungry and buy a jar of the best apple butter in the world, organizers said.

Located off U.S. 250 between Philippi and Belington, follow the signs from Ralph's Country Store.



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