Golden Delicious Apple Festival
In late September, I got to visit Clay County, WV. Like Mountain Lake, Clay County has a claim to fame through film. Clay County’s appearance, however, is a little more sinister than “Dirty Dancing”. In the movie “Silence of the Lambs”, that first victim Clarice Starling autopsies– the body was found in the Elk River in Clay County.
We didn’t see any human corpses while we were in Clay County… but we did find a nifty turtle skeleton!
Turtle skeleton (Hand model credit: Ryan Somma)
And actually, believe it or not, the point of the trip to Clay County was not related to corpses or even skeletons. We went for the Golden Delicious Apple Festival! The festival celebrates West Virginia’s Official State Fruit which is– whoa, good guess! The Golden Delicious Apple!
Sometimes throughout the day, the festival felt familiar. The scenery was reminiscent of Trail Days. You had a nice small town, surrounded by lush, green mountains. There was a great display of local talent. The winner of last year’s karoke competition even got a good amount of stage time. A lot of food vendors were typical to the Occoquan Craft Fair— funnel cakes, BBQ, popcorn, cotton candy. Like Trail Days, this event had a parade (though I did not see any water gun ambushes!). Like Relay for Life they had a Hula Hoop Contest! Alas, it was Bring Your Own Hula-Hoop and I happened to give mine away weeks ago (What are the freaking odds of that?)
But, there were some items to the Golden Delicious Apple Festival that were unique– or at least new to me. They had a “Frozen T-shirt Competition”.
They had something called a “Women’s Skillet Tossing Competition”. I thought maybe that was some kind of pancake bake-off. Nope– it was literally a skillet tossing competition. They had an iron skillet and each lady got a chance to chuck it across a field.
And finally, even though I’ve seen people dance before, this particular woman strikes me as unique: