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Middle Island Harvest Festival opens Friday at the fair grounds

By Staff | Oct 1, 2014

The First Annual Miss Middle Island Harvest Festival was held Sunday at Tyler Consolidated High School. Holli Schell was crowned their first queen. She was also named Miss Photogenic and Miss Congeniality. Runners-up were the following: Anna Moriah Alfred, Fourth Runner-Up; Bryanna Munoz, Third Runner-Up; Megan Rinker, Second Runner-Up; and Katlynn McKinney, First Runner-Up. Pictured is Tyler County Fair Queen Marisa Gogan and Mrs. West Virginia Melissa Smith, also pageant director, crowning Holli Schell, Miss Middle Island Harvest Festival Queen. (Photo by Lauren Matthews)

The 31st annual Middle Island Harvest Festival will take place at the Tyler County Fairgrounds Oct. 3-5, bringing the festival atmosphere to county residents and visitors once again.

This “late in the year” festival features many activities, shows, crafts and vendors sure to interest even the most seasoned festival goer.

While the popular annual “giant pumpkin” contest, featuring the products of local growers will take center stage at the festival as it usually does, there is more to the event than just looking at the giant gourd-like fruits.

The festival officially opens for the celebration at 10 a.m. on Friday, designated as Students Day.

Some special activities and exhibits are planned for this day only, set aside primarily for students including a demonstration of the new Archery club formed at Tyler Consolidated High School late last year.

Pictured is Melissa Smith, pageant director for the inaugural Miss Middle Island Harvest Festival. Smith has held several pageant titles in the past and currently holds the title of Mrs. West Virginia.

Members of the club will give an exhibition of their skills and knowledge with competition bows and arrows.

Also, pumpkin decorating and scarecrow contest entries will be received from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday with judging to begin at 6 p.m.

On Saturday, the day begins early with breakfast on the grounds at 8 a.m.

The activities of the day will include cider making by the FFA chapter; car, truck rod, and custom show from 2-4 p.m.; beef roast and horse shoe pitching at noon; bow shoot, 1 p.m.; Bingo at 2 p.m.; and the “Big Pumpkin” to be auctioned off at 2 p.m.

An antique tractor show and rodeo will take place on the grounds on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Pictured above from left: Anna Moriah Alfred, fourth runner-up; Megan Rinker, second runner-up; Holli Schell, queen; Katlynn McKinney, first runner-up; and Bryanna Munoz, third runner-up.

Muzzleloader shoot (rifles only, no scopes) will start at 2 p.m. and Bingo at 2 p.m.

The 11th annual Ohio Valley Jr. Beef Association “Ohio Valley Jr. Beef Fall Harvest Show” will take place on Sunday at 1 p.m.

From the “big pumpkin” to cider making, educational and craft exhibits, car shows, shoots, several contests, and good home cooked food, the Middle Island Harvest Festival will have it all.

Admission to the festival is free and everyone is welcome and encouraged to come on out to the fairgrounds, bring your family and your lawn chairs, and enjoy the community camaraderie.

Call 304-758-2349 or 304-771-6268 for more information.

Pictured at left is Cassie Cockerham, emcee of the Middle Island Harvest Festival Queen’s pageant, along with Raylynn Roberts, last year’s Middle Island Harvest Festival Princess. Cockerham herself is a former pageant queen and never fails to keep the crowd entertained and laughing when emceeing pageants, as she also emceed several pageants at the 2014 Tyler County Fair. (Photos by Lauren Matthews)