Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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August 12, 2010

Fun will flow in Bluefields today

BLUEFIELD — Lemonade Days are coming to the Bluefields with plenty of music, food, fun, and, of course, lemonade for all.

The lemons will start rolling in Bluefield, Va., this morning at 10 a.m., when the 2010 Bluefield Orioles come out to meet their fans and sign autographs at Jack Asbury Square. In addition to the meet the Orioles, the Lemon Drop Count Contest, Merchants’ Window Decoration Contest and Lemon Toss Contest all get underway.

“We are having a lot of contests,” Leslie Catron, Bluefield, Va., town clerk said. “The staff is all working on limbo sticks (Wednesday). I never thought that I would say that.”

Catron said the activities will be centered at the Square. “The mayor (Don Harris) has agreed to participate in the dunking booth,” Catron said. “Town Treasurer James Hampton will also be working the dunking booth and will also sing karoake starting at 2:30 p.m.” Other dunking booth participants include Police Chief Harry Cundiff and a police officer.

There will be a pie eating contest, cake walks, musical chairs, a crazy hat contest, a lemon squeeze contest, a musical performance by Bill Archer from 1-2 p.m., and a lemon limbo contest. “All of the entertainment and activities will be based at Jack Asbury Square,” Catron said.

Jerri Ball, president of the South Bluefield Merchants and Professionals Association, has been planning the festival and hopes to see a good crowd.

“We have done this for the past eight years,” she said. “It started in South Bluefield.”

Vendors from Bluefield, Galax, Front Royal, and Wytheville have come out to participate in the festival.

“We have around twenty food vendors set up for Friday night and The Collegians will be performing from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.,” Ball said. “On Saturday, we will be giving out door prizes and will start at 10 a.m. with our pony rides for kids.”

A big part of the festival is the lemonade stand decoration and taste testing.

“Any child can set up a lemonade stand,” Ball said. “Applications are available at Hearthside Books. Judges will judge the stands by doing a taste-test and on the decoration of the stand. We will have three prizes: $50 for first place, $25 for second place, and $10 for third place.”

Many other activities will be taking place during the festival as well.

“We will have a variety of music being performed throughout the day,” Ball said. “Summer Santa will be there and there will be all sorts of activities for children and sales at local businesses going on throughout the day.”

Ball’s own charity project, a “Boys of Bluefield” calendar, will be sold during the festival for $12 to benefit some local charities. Sales will benefit a former local business owner — Michael Fender — who is a current bone marrow recipient, the Mercer County State Fellowship Home, the Second Chance for Cats and next year’s Lemonade Days festival.

Ball appreciates the help from the community she has received in helping put the festival together.

“It took a lot of hard work and time to plan,” she said. “I cannot thank enough the people who have helped with this. This festival is an asset to the community. If we all pitch in and work together to help this festival grow and expand, we will help it bring in revenue for the community.”

Ball hopes festival-goers will enjoy good weather and a good time.

“I’m hoping we have sunshine, good weather and a lot of people who come out to have a good time,” Ball said.

Lemonade Days in Bluefield are being held from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. Friday evening and from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday across from Goodykoontz Drug Store.

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