Boonville Heritage Days Festival enjoys big turnout
Tim Bullard, Staff Writer
Jacob Casstevens popped a trick on his skateboard in the parking lot of Boonville Elementary School Friday afternoon as vendors got ready for the crowd to really hit for the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Boonville Heritage Days Festival.
Crowds for the parade were having fun too on Saturday morning as those in the parade hurled out candy for the youngsters, filling buckets and plastic bags full.
I like this, said Casstevens, 17, a Starmount High student. I live right down the road, and I come here both days. He has been skateboarding five years.
Troop 653 of Boonville attracted Don Dobson, a grandfather and assistant scoutmaster. I have a grandson and his dad who got to the point where he didnt have any interest in it, so I said, well its time for grandpa to take over, he said. Ive been doing it two years with him now.
The troop meets Monday nights at Boonville First Baptist Church. The group had a flag ceremony Friday. Dobson loves the organization.
acter, and what they learn in Scouts, it will be with them forever, he said. I was in Scouts when I was a boy. Im 70 years old. I was born and raised in Mount Airy. I was in the Methodist Church until I went into the service. We have the opening ceremony at the festival always.
The boys were also in the parade Saturday, leading the parade. There are 14 members of the troop, and they are going to Camp Raven Knob Sunday. Ive been there before, he said. The main thing is they can go up there and get their merit badges. Theres archery, guns, wood carving, fingerprinting, crime and just about anything in the world.
Josh goes to Starmount Middle School, and he enjoys the festival.
The Boonville Business Association had a booth, and Faye Green was having fun meeting people. I think this is a good thing for Boonville, she said of the festival. There are 78 businesses in the association.
Joyce Pappas, an association member, was getting out the word about the association.
Did you know Holly Ridge Family Campground was located at 5140 River Road, in Boonville? This is located in a rural setting with 62 sites, 42 full hookups, pull-through sites and fire rings for water and electric sites with picnic tables.
Amenities include a modern bathhouse, hot showers, washers and dryers, a pay phone, a dump station, a picnic shelter, a swimming pool, canoe rentals, a walking trail, miniature golf and shuffleboard.
There is also a play area with horse shoes, a basketball court, volleyball, swings and a sandpile. The game room offers a pool table, game machines, a TV and VCR, air hockey and a lending library.
The store officers ice, snacks, groceries, firewood, propane and RV supplies.
Get a camping cabin which sleeps four or a loft with deck, sleeping six. There is AC, a microwave, gas grill and TV.
Debbie Cooper is in charge of the campground, and she works hard with the association.
Laken Brown was at the association tent, and she said she loves the festival as a student at Forsyth Tech. She is studying medical stenography at 19.
I think this is a great idea for everyone to get together and have fun, she said with a smile.
Faith Tabernacle Apostolic Church and Calvin J. Mabry Jr. had a tent. His father is the pastor, and the church members were spreading the word. We enjoy it. Weve been here every year since it started, said Mabry. Its been here seven years.
He invited residents to visit the church, adding his faith means a lot to him. It means the world to me. Its between life and death. Life in heaven or death, he said.
Mary Sale, a fourth grade teacher, said, Its a lot of fun. Were selling sno-cones, popcorn and bottled water. The teacher recipe books were on sale for $5 and will be available at Boonville Elementary School after the festival.
Amanda Brewer, a school counselor, said, I think the festival is awesome. I dont cook. My husband, he is the cook at our house. Her tongue was blue.
This is the first time that I have been a part of it. I think its a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate summer, said the Yadkin County school principal Annette Johnson.
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