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The Heat was Turned Up for Stevensville's Country Festival


By Kelly Cole



The heat couldn’t keep everyone away from the Stevensville Community Hall on Saturday, July 23 for their annual country festival. The Stevensville Community Club sponsors the festival each year. This year, due to the extreme heat, they had a few vendors who didn’t show and not as many in attendance as they had hoped, but the show continued on.

Marilyce Young, Bradford County's first alternate Dairy Princess, was there to hand out ice cream to the crowd to help them cool down. Young also spent time posing for pictures with some of the younger visitors that day who were in awe of being in the presence of a princess.

Lura Trossello spent her time spinning wool on Saturday while she explained the process of making her knitted and crocheted pieces. A favorite of the crowd was the flip-flops she had transformed by adding wool to the y-shaped strap. It definitely made them one of a kind. Trossello started New Era Cabin Creations about four years ago and loves to share her handiwork with everyone. She fashions hand-spun and hand-painted yarns and will knit and crochet items from this or commercial yarns.

Kim Kithcart from Stevensville was hoping to keep her booth as cool as possible. She was selling a variety of heavenly desserts to raise money for her senior project, which is to spruce up the Stevensville Community Hall.

A gorgeous rainbow of wooden roses was being sold by Mike Strain at one of the first booths visitors would see. Strain came across these delicately carved roses and decided he wanted to share them with others and sets up a booth at different events. Strain spends his time as a writer and photographer.

Local author Eric Armstrong was there signing his children’s book Schuyler C. Gull: A Featherbrained Tale. Children received a CD with the purchase of Armstrong’s book that had beach songs and a narration of the book. Armstrong travels to area craft fairs and festivals to promote his work.

There were games set up for the kids to keep them busy as well. They could enjoy the shade by the pavilion while they searched through sawdust for coins, fished for prizes and enjoyed chocolate pudding pie in a pie-eating contest. Megan Moseley, who was visiting the area from Mississippi, consumed enough pie to win her first place. She was excited with her win, but felt that she would not be dining on chocolate pudding in the near future after Saturday’s event.

The Stevensville Community Club had an amazing chicken barbecue set up in the community hall for all to enjoy. After dining on half a chicken, rolls, baked beans, corn, cole slaw and applesauce, it left question as to whether there was room for the cake. Some tried to sit inside the hall in hopes of beating the heat while others sat under the pavilion enjoying music from Easy Grass, who provided great entertainment with their bluegrass and gospel music.  Rusty Sherrick is a local in the summer and plays along with his bass while Nevin Jackson adds tunes with his banjo, Dick Trump plays his guitar and Dale Dourte rounds it out with his mandolin.

Those who made it out to Saturday’s festival enjoyed visiting with friends and newcomers alike.  Jean Vande Mark felt the heat kept many away from the festival, but she was still pleased with the number of people who stopped by. Everyone tried to beat the heat as they made purchases, dined on barbecued chicken and listened to music provided by Easy Grass.

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