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Treasure Mountain Festival begins Thursday

September 10, 2012
By Joan Ashley Special to The InterMountain , The Inter-Mountain

Folks will be square dancin' in the street to the sweet strains of bluegrass while they enjoy the "Treasure that is Pendleton County" at the 44th annual Treasure Mountain Festival Thursday through Sunday.

The town businesses' doors and sidewalks will be open to visitors and homefolk to enjoy historic displays, antique craft demonstrations, quilt and needlework exhibits, a giant flea market, and contests among muzzleloaders and mustache growers.

The Treasure Mountain Festival was named for the events following the tragic destruction of two local forts by Shawnee Indians in April 1758. After pillaging/burning Fort Upper Track and leaving no survivors, the Shawnee Indians then attacked and burned Fort Seybert outside Franklin, taking a few women and children prisoners after scalping the older men.

Those settlers not killed in the massacre were herded northward along the Indian Trail which crosses South Fork Mountain through Dean's Gap, in the Deer Run area, and Greenawalt Gap to the site of Fort Upper Tract. From there, they journeyed through Germany Valley and Seneca, to an Indian village in the Ohio River Valley.

The valued possessions and treasures belonging to the settlers were placed in an iron kettle, carried by two braves with a pole inserted through the handle. The kettle was hidden somewhere along the trail, when the braves tired, fell behind and later rejoined the captives without the kettle.

The Indians never returned to the area, but some of the captives escaped, returned to Pendleton County and told what had happened.

Many people have searched for this ancient kettle of gold, but it has never been found.

What has been discovered are the treasures of mountain beauty, clean air, sparkling streams and rivers, rock formations, caves and fertile fields.

Musical treasures featured during this festival are performances by Dylan Scott, Katie Ohh, Bobby Maynard and Breakdown, The D.C. Riggs Band, Tommy Griffith, Bear Hill Bluegrass, Vapor 4:14, Moatstown Choir, 304, Glory Bound Gospel Singers, Doyle Moats Jr., Betty Jean Robinson, The Sheets, the Messengers and Friends of God.

Entertainment will abound with a play at Smith Creek Playhouse; a parking lot square dance; and performances of Big Circle Dance, Blue Ridge Stompers and the Little Switzerland Cloggers.

During the festival, a free shuttle bus service traveling from the Main Street festival headquarters at the town parking lot to the Pendleton Community Building parking lot and back will be running continuously from 3 - 9 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m and 4:30 - 9 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

No pets are allowed on the buses.

No parking will be allowed on the parade route from Great Valu along Main Street to the Community Building from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m on Saturday to provide an emergency rescue and fire lane should it be needed.

Coolie Simmons will officiate as the 2012 parade grand marshal.

The Jason Bowers family will demonstrate hand-stirred apple butter making and cider making with a 100-year-old press recently refurbished by Jason Bowers.

The food on sale in booths around the town is prepared by various civic organizations, churches, fire departments, rescue squads and school PTOs as their main annual fundraisers.

Homemade goodies include corn bread and beans, country ham sandwiches, cotton candy, caramel apples, beef and pork barbecue, funnel cakes, buckwheat cakes, snow cones, homemade pies and cottage fries.

The festival events each day include:

Bus ride - all around town for free.

Food stands - all around town.

Quilt and Needlework Show - Community Center.

Craft sales and heritage demonstrations - TMF Building, Main Street and the Community Building.

Country Store - TMF Building.

Used Book Sale - Library basement.

Flea market - TMF Flea Market Building.

Antique cars, trucks, tractors, engines display - Pendleton Senior and Family Services' parking lot.

Play: "Red Velvet Cake War" - Smith Creek Playhouse.

Window displays - All Around Town.

Civil War living history - Courthouse lawn.

Music - Town Parking Lot and Community Building Parking Lot.

Special events include:


9 a.m.: Country Store opens, TMF Craft Building.

Noon: Book sale, Pendleton County Library.

1 p.m.: Pendleton County Middle School Square Dancing, Courthouse lawn.

7 p.m.: Vapor 4:14, Pendleton County High School Mike Roberts Auditorium.


8 a.m.: Flea Market opens.

9 a.m.: Craft Building, Country Store, Quilt Show, Book sale open.

10 a.m.: Texas Scramble Golf Tournament, Golf Course.

Noon: Campsite opens at Fort Seybert.

1 p.m.: Bobby Maynard, Main Stage.

1 p.m.: Pendleton County High School Band, Courthouse steps.

1:30 p.m.: Historical Walking Tour, Courthouse steps.

3 p.m.: Youth Heritage Pageant, Main Stage.

4:30 p.m.: Tommy Griffith, Main Stage.

6:30 p.m.: Beard and Mustache Contest, Courthouse steps.

6:30 p.m.: D.C. Riggs Band, Main Stage.

7 p.m.: "Red Velvet Cake War," Smith Creek Playhouse.

8 p.m.: Old-Time Street Music and Dancing, Town Parking Lot.

8 p.m.: Flea Market, Craft Building, Country Store close.


6:30 a.m.: Treasure Hunt begins - clues at Headquarters and Craft Building.

8 a.m.: Flea Market opens.

8 a.m.: Antique Vehicle Show opens, Sr. Family Services Parking Lot.

9 a.m.: Craft Building, Country Store, Quilt Show and Book sale open.

9 a.m.: WELD Morning Radio Show, Town Parking Lot.

9 a.m.: Hit and Miss Engines, Bowling Alley Parking Lot.

9 a.m.: Muzzleloader Shoot, Old Fort at Fort Seybert.

9 a.m.: Pumpkin Weigh-In, Main Stage area.

9 a.m.: Horseshoe Pitch, singles, Town Park.

9:30 a.m.: Games and Contests for Children, Town Park.

10 a.m.: Little Switzerland Cloggers, Main Stage.

10 a.m.: Civil War Living History Camps open, Courthouse steps.

10 a.m.: Historical Walking Tour, Courthouse steps.

10 a.m.: Storytelling, Community Building.

11 a.m.: Bear Hill Bluegrass, Main Stage.

11 a.m.: Glory Bound Gospel Singers, Town Parking Lot.

11:30 a.m.: Heritage Tea, TMF Meeting Room.

Noon: Pumpkin Contest winner announced, Courthouse steps.

Noon: The Messengers, Town Parking Lot.

12:30 p.m.: Judging of period costumes, Courthouse steps.

1 p.m.: The Sheets, Town Parking Lot.

1 p.m.: Tommy Griffith, Main Stage.

1:30 p.m.: Blue Ridge Stompers, Courthouse steps.

2 p.m.: Puppet Show, Main Street Methodist Church.

3 p.m.: TMF Parade, Great Value to Courthouse.

4 p.m.: Muzzleloader Shoot ends.

4 p.m.: Auction at Fort Seybert.

5 p.m.: Treasure Hunt Key Opening Ceremony, Main Stage.

7 p.m.: Katie Ohh and Dylan Scott, Main Stage.

7 p.m.: Re-enactment: Burning of Fort Seybert, Fort Seybert.

7 p.m.: "Red Velvet Cake War," Smith Creek Playhouse.

8 p.m.: Old-Time Street Music and Dancing, Town Parking Lot.

8 p.m.: Flea Market, Craft and Country Store close.


7 a.m.: Franklin Lions Club Pancake Breakfast, Thorn Spring Park.

8 a.m.: Flea Market opens.

9 a.m.: Craft Building, Country Store open.

10 a.m.: Quilt Show opens.

10 a.m.: Civil War Living History Camps open, Courthouse lawn.

10 a.m.: Friends of God, Main Stage.

10:30 a.m.: 1860's Worship Service, Courthouse lawn.

11 a.m.: Moatstown Choir, Main Stage.

Noon: Heritage Tea, TMF Meeting Room.

Noon: Book sale opens, Library basement.

Noon: Muzzleloader Shoot, the Old Fort, Fort Seybert.

Noon: Horseshoe Pitch, doubles, Town Park.

Noon: Quilt Show closes.

1 p.m.: Betty Jean Robinson, Main Stage.

1:30 p.m.: 304, Town Parking Lot.

2:30 p.m.: "Red Velvet Cake War," Smith Creek Playhouse.

3 p.m.: Flea Market, Crafts and Country Store close.

4 p.m.: Book Sale closes.



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