Officials have announced the in-state and out-of-state honor bands for the 71st annual West Virginia Strawberry Festival, which will be held this week in Buckhannon.
The bands will be featured in the festival's Grand Feature Parade at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Units from France, Jamaica and Canada will join with units from across the United States to delight the thousands of spectators who line the 2.5-mile parade route down Strawberry Lane for the Grand Feature Parade.
Serving as the in-state honor band will be the Lincoln High School band from Shinnston. Under the direction of Brad Channel, the Cougar Band was the sweepstakes winner in the competition held during the 2011 West Virginia Strawberry Festival and was given the honor of returning in 2012 to represent the school in the Grand Feature Parade.
Lincoln High School has performed in the 2010 St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City and has performed at Virginia Beach in 2011.
The out-of-state honor band is Battlefield High School from Haymarket, Va. Under the direction of Matt Brodt, Battlefield is a seven-time Virginia Honor Band, which is the highest award a band can receive in that state. The band is one of only three that has earned this distinction every year since it began. Parade spectators will appreciate this fine band clad in purple, black and silver uniforms as it represents its school in the Grand Feature Parade.
On Armed Forces Day, it is with humble hearts and with pride that the West Virginia Strawberry Festival presents the Parris Island Marine Band leading the 2012 Grand Feature Parade down Strawberry Lane.
The West Virginia Strawberry Festival has grown to become one of the largest festival of its kind in the eastern United States. Dozens of events take place during the five-day celebration.