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New Elizabethtown Festival Events Set

August 11, 2013
By JIM COCHRAN , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

If you will be attending the annual Elizabethtown Festival, be ready to view some new attractions. The event will take place in five weeks, Sept. 14-15,

The committee has been hard at work in preparation for this, the 15th anniversary festival.

Because of the new attractions, some of the older ones will be eliminated. I have been told the talent shows, which in recent years did not draw many entrants, will not be a part of the festival this year.

There is no charge for the festival, which is sponsored by the Moundsville Economic Development Council (MEDC).

The festival site is the former West Virginia Penitentiary, which the MEDC has leased from the state of West Virginia. The MEDC operates tours of the former institution, along with other attractions including the Dungeon of Horrors.

The MEDC, along with other community-based groups, uses the facility throughout the year for different events.

The Elizabethtown Festival is filled with history, heritage, entertainment, food and more. It is named as reflection of what the area was called in the 1832-66 time period. The name at the time was Elizabethtown, which was because of Elizabeth, the wife of city founder Joseph Tomlinson.

During the festival, vendors will provide a wide variety of items including jewelry, pottery, candles, baskets, food items, crafts, an old-time picture booth, as well as the art of inlaid wood.

A Country Sore is one of the attractions, and will feature items ranging from one-of-a-kind to groupings of bits and pieces and where the customer can deal with the store proprietor.

There will be a number of events in which youngsters can participate.

Events this year will include cookie judging and the Great American Apple Pie contest.

A couple of familiar faces from St. Clairsville provided the program at the Moundsville Lions Club program Tuesday.

John S. Marshall and John Budinscak spoke about the upcoming 18th annual Mountaineer Athletic Club-sponsored golf scramble on Aug. 29 at the Ben Wood Hills Golf Course at Mount Pleasant.

Proceeds from this event support the B-MAC Upper Ohio Valley Endowed Athletic Scholarship to West Virginia University.

Among those to be honored at the event will be Moundsville native and retired WVU athletics director Ed Pastilong.

This past week, after pulling into my driveway, I noted a vehicle which had been following me turning around in the driveway of my next door neighbor. Thinking the driver needed assistance in finding a residence, I approached him. It turned out the driver was Bob Hummel.

Hummel and his wife, Charlotte, have been living in an Atlanta, Ga., suburb for a number of years, and in early July moved to the Columbus area, where one of their sons resides. Their other son lives in Cincinnati.

The annual Marshall County Farm Bureau business dinner meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 26 at the Limestone Community Center.

President Mike Merinar will present membership service pins and certificates to several persons.

There will be an election of officers and board of directors held during the meeting.

Reservations for the event are to be made by Aug. 18 for the catered dinner. Contact Merinar at 304-547-5875 or secretary/treasurer Deborah Kittle at 304-845-4980 or any board of director for tickets.

The general public is welcome to attend.

Glen Dale resident Joan Gray is in charge of planning a 30th anniversary party for those who worked in the Traffic Department in Wheeling for C&P, Bell Atlantic and Verizon.

Reservations for the event are to be made by Sept. 14 by calling Gray at 304-845-6987.

The party will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 5 at the Moundsville Country Club.

Gray began working as a telephone company switchboard operator in 1951 at the Wheeling office on Chapline Street between 15th and 16th Streets. She also worked in the Traffic Department in her hometown of McMechen.

She said that she has literally called hundreds of former Wheeling Traffic Department employees and has received an excellent response. She noted that telephone switchboard operations at the Wheeling location ceased on Oct. 15, 1983.

A Sweet Treat Bake Sale will be held beginning at 9 a.m. Friday at the Fostoria Glass Museum, 511 Tomlinson Ave., Moundsville, with proceeds to benefit the Fostoria Glass Society of America. Among items available will be pies (whole or by the slice), cakes, candy, breads and rolls.

 
 

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