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Pride for a day

Maugansville fest held to help sick children, local charities

Maugansville fest held to help sick children, local charities

September 02, 2007|By DAN DEARTH

MAUGANSVILLE - Austin Behan of Falling Waters, W.Va., said he attended the Maugansville Pride Day festival on Saturday to hear the sounds of the Dixie Grass Bluegrass Band.

"There's just something about (bluegrass) ... The feeling of it I don't get with any other kind of music," he said.

Behan joined hundreds of other festival-goers who gathered under sunny skies at Ruritan Community Park to enjoy the 27th event.

Mike Danley, vice president of the Maugansville Ruritan Club, said the organization hosts the Pride Day festival to raise money to help sick children and local charities.

"We average about $3,000 to $4,000 a year to help the community," he said.

Danley said the event has grown over the years from just a few vendors to about 55.

He estimated about 3,000 people would attend the event this year.

Woody Carpenter of the Maugansville Goodwill Volunteer Fire Co. said the firefighters in his company count on the festival to help subsidize the department's operating expenses.

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Firefighters sold food and operated games on the midway, including one in which children paid $1 for 10 chances to win a goldfish by bouncing bingo balls into tiny glasses.

Carpenter said children won about 250 goldfish between the time the festival started at 9 a.m. and the time it wrapped up at 4 p.m.

Some of the vendors at the festival said they enjoyed a lucrative day.

Ray Smith, owner of Rock Aroma Long Lasting Crystal Potpourri of Charles Town, W.Va., said this year was his first at the Pride Day festival.

"We've been doing very well," he said. "We'll definitely come back next year. It's definitely been very good to us."

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