The 36th Annual West Virginia Molasses Festival ended Saturday, September 27, with the Molasses Makers "running off" 96 3/4 gallons of sorghum syrup. Thanks to the local media - and other publicity a large crowd attended the event, including folks from Alaska, Florida, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia.

The Molasses Festival Committee would like to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to all community volunteers, workers, cane growers, festival judges, Community Education, Outreach Service members, 4-H members, area and county participants, exhibitors who displayed quality products, vendors, musicians and entertainers, parade participants, food preparers, contributors to the country store, those who provided wood for the molasses pan, Arnoldsburg School PTO, Arnoldsburg Volunteer Fire Department for their help, visitors and other interested folks for the success of the 2003 WV Molasses Festival.

We sincerely appreciate the following businesses for their support in the merchant drawings during the event: Businesses from Arnoldsburg - Shelley's Hair Boutique, Garrett's Used Cars & Trucks, The "Y" Restaurant, Tanners Used Cars & Trucks, Speedy Mart, Ashley's Electric & Farm Supply, The Master's Bouquet, Houchin's Fabric Shop, Inc, Y-Mart, and M&A Well Service; Mt. Zion - The Pit Stop; Millstone - Double L Restaurant, S&H Guns, Crystal's Complete Hair Care; Barnes Run - Dawns Hair Styles; Chloe - Chloe Auto & Hardware; Minnora - Rick's Place; Orma - Giars Grocery; Grantsville - Koffee Kup Restaurant, A Cut Above, J&B Drug Store, Silks Plus Floral, Calhoun Banks, Western Auto/Radio Shack, Town & Country Beauty salon, Foodland, Family Dollar; Spencer - McDonald's, Pizza Hut, McIntosh Furniture, First National Bank, Farmers Friend, Deluxe Trophies Plus, Taylor's Floral, Prices Market, Hughes Jewelry, Hildreth Supply, Inc., Wal-Mart, Floor & More, and Traders Bank.

Also thanks to Grantsville Lion's Club for bringing Bingo to the festival. Hopefully, we can have them again next year.

You are all appreciated - - We are proud and free in 2003.

West Fork Community Action, Inc.

West Virginia Molasses Festival Committees

Glenna Fleming, Publicity Chairman