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Strawberry Festival continues

Grand Feature Parade steps off today

May 19, 2012
By John Wickline - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

The Grand Feature Parade, one of the major highlights of the West Virginia Strawberry Festival, will step off at 1 p.m. today in Buckhannon.

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. Always the Festival highlight, the parade will be broadcast live on WDTV Channel 5.

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.

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The Inter-Mountain photo by Melissa Toothman
Several spectators browse entries of the annual Strawberry Festival Photography Contests organized by the Buckhannon-Upshur Camera Club. The display will be up until the end of May. More photos of other Strawberry Festival events are available at

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's Antique Car Parade will wind down Strawberry Lane at 12:30 p.m., today. All trucks and cars entered in the parade must be at least 25 years old or be registered at least 25 years.

Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. behind the Camden Dorms of West Virginia

Wesleyan College in the big parking lot. Cars will be lined up at this location and then moved to Pocahontas Street, where they will move on to the parade route at Pocahontas and Marion streets.

This year's West Virginia Strawberry Festival Field Exhibition is an event you won't want to miss. The event will be held at Ross Stadium on the West

Virginia Wesleyan College campus at 5 p.m. Tickets are $5, and the lineup is exceptional. A rain-out alternative is the Creative Arts Center on College Avenue.

Party Gras will continue today on Main Street from 9 p.m. to midnight. Today's entertainment includes Bowyer Drive and Kala DeHart.

Sunday will bring Gospel Music to the Strawberry Festival streets, highlighted by a concert by the Gospel Harmony Boys at 2 p.m. at the Wesley Chapel on the West Virginia Wesleyan Campus. The group recently celebrated its 60th anniversary, having been organized in 1952 in Huntington. In 2008, the group was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame.

The Jack Barker Memorial Canoe Race will be held at noon Sunday on Wood Street, and Irish Road Bow ing can be found at 1:30 p.m. on Turkey Run Road.

The Gambill Amusement Carnival will be open from 1-6 p.m.



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