"Festivul" honors Branchville's history

Honoring its past, Branchville celebrates its 36th Annual Raylrode Daze Festivul with carnival rides, beauty pageants, contests and entertainment.

Branchville's Mayor Tim O. Cooner welcomes everyone to the town's celebration and praises the coordinators of the event.

"This year, like every year, many dedicated volunteers have labored to bring this festival together," Cooner wrote. "We hope you enjoy the many improvements the town is currently implementing, such as the Streetscape project on Main Street and the Public Works Complex behind our Town Hall."

The annual Raylrode Daze celebration honors Branchville's place in history as one of the first railroad junctions in the country.

The weekend's events start at noon on Friday, Sept. 26, with the opening ceremonies. From 2 p.m. to midnight, the entertainment just keeps rolling along with rides, arts & crafts, can-can girls, gunfights, street dances, bands and concessions.

Events on Saturday, Sept. 27, begin at 9 a.m. with the annual parade down Main Street and continues through midnight with entertainers including a womanless beauty pageant which has become a staple of Raylrode Daze and contests including whistle blowing, spike driving and costume judging.

At 11 a.m. Sunday, area churches welcome visitors to Branchville and festivul entertainment begins at 2 p.m. The closing ceremonies will be held at 5 p.m.

Raylrode Daze Festivul President Tom Jennings has worked with the town's annual event for several years and appreciates the history of his town.

"I love the festival and what it has become," Jennings said. "I have always attended it throughout my life. It makes me proud to call Branchville home. Without our guests, our efforts would be in vain. They are the ones who come each year and enjoy the festival. Without them, we would not be celebrating our 36th year. We welcome them to our town."


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