TALCOTT (Hinton News) – Talcott was a flurry of activity recently as the annual John Henry Days festival took place. Always held on the weekend following July 4, the festival is in its 26th year.
The festival kicked off Friday night with The Goodson Boys delivering a powerful country concert to the delight of attendees.
Saturday was chock full of events, starting with a flea market set up along the tracks in Talcott. Several vendors, including Francie’s Sweets and Talcott Fire Department Auxiliary, sold food to accommodate hungry festival goers.
A grand parade took over the main road through Talcott to the delight of young and old alike. Floats, horses, and emergency vehicles are only some of the incredible parade attractions. Long-time parade participants The Traveling Hillbillies made an appearance, along with local Boy Scouts and many other enthusiastic entries.
A bounce house was set up for the young festival goers at the tunnel, along with many delicious food choices. Rick K and the All Nighters brought a rockin’ concert of oldies and modern music to please all taste Saturday night at the tunnel. The highlight had to be a multitude of cell phones lighting up the night as Rick K delivered a heartfelt rendition of God Bless the USA.
A dazzling fireworks display ended the night. Talcott never looked so gorgeous, thanks to the Alderson and Talcott Fire Departments.
A car show with many gorgeous cars and a worship service rounded out the festival. As always, the Pluck a Duck was a popular event with many prizes won by participants.
The festival couldn’t go on without the incredible volunteers of the John Henry Days committee. They work hard to bring an amazing festival every year. Along with the committee, Talcott Fire Department, Summers County EMS, Local law enforcement and the Department of Natural Resources put in long hours to make sure the festival went smoothly and everyone stayed safe.
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