Golden Delicious Apple Festival

October 7, 2008 at 1:16 am 13 comments

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.


The Elk River in Clay County West Virginia

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?)


Parade


Little pony pulling a little cart


Lizemore Lionettes

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”.


Kids race to unfold and put on frozen t-shirts

They made apple butter right in front of you.

Mmmm Apple Butter!

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.


Skillet Tossing – This contestant did not win (the skillet is not even past the red car)

And finally, even though I’ve seen people dance before, this particular woman strikes me as unique:

More pictures from the Golden Delicious Apple Festival can be found on my Flickr site.

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13 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Clint  |  October 7, 2008 at 6:57 am

    I think I made this joke before, buuut.. that old lady needs to start rapping like the rapping granny in The Wedding Singer…

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  • 2. TGAW  |  October 7, 2008 at 8:22 am

    @Clint – Oooh, you did allude to that before, but I didn’t place the reference until now.

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  • 3. Dave  |  October 7, 2008 at 11:03 am

    Good idea Clint! I can put this together. But I can’t figure out how to leech/download the video from TGAW’s flickr page. 😦

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  • 4. Dave  |  October 7, 2008 at 11:15 am

    Never mind; I found a way to download it…

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  • 5. TGAW  |  October 7, 2008 at 11:37 am

    @Dave – There is another too if you need that– from further away.

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  • 6. Dave  |  October 7, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    Here we go:

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  • 7. Aaron  |  October 7, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    I love me some small town fairs!

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  • 8. Clint  |  October 7, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    Vicky… I suggest doing a and embedding Dave’s version here because IT’S SOOO HILARIOUS

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  • 9. tgaw  |  October 7, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    I was thinking of making it its very own post!!!!!!

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  • 10. geekhiker  |  October 7, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Thanks for reminding me it’s time to head to the mountains for some apple goodness…

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  • 11. ideonexus  |  October 7, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    Awesome photos! Awesome video! and Awesome mix of the video! How phreaking cool!!!

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  • 12. The Greenbrier « TGAW  |  October 12, 2008 at 8:01 am

    […] 12, 2008 On our way back from the Golden Delicious Apple Festival, our crew stopped by White Sulphur Springs, West […]

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  • 13. Accuracy Through Shutter Speed « TGAW  |  December 21, 2008 at 1:08 am

    […] 21, 2008 Last fall I ran into a hummingbird in Clay County, West Virginia.  Hummingbird’s wings can beat up to 80 times per second.  So to my naked eye the wings […]

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