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Trees, forests focal point of Mountain State Forest Festival

by Nora Edinger

REGIONAL EDITOR

ELKINS -- With the 64th annual Forest Festival well under way, it's clear that, sometimes, money does grow on trees.

And, as a series of exhibits that runs through the middle of City Park shows, it's not only loggers and lumber mills making a living from the forests.

"I'll probably do a wood nymph," said chain saw carver Byron Johnson, who lives just across the Ohio state line from his Huntington workplace. His demonstration area includes completed pieces such as a giant turtle and a buffalo.

While he does chain saw carving as a hobby in addition to a career as an art teacher, Johnson said he knows a number of people who do similar wood sculpting for a living.

"They even make a special chain saw blade for carving now," he added.

For former North Carolinian Tony Cornelius, it's Christmas trees that bring a salary. In his second career, the former engineer began growing a crop of mostly Frasier firs about 25 years ago.

"It's getting bigger," Cornelius said of the West Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association. "We have about 160 members."

He sells direct from his Beckley-area farm, at a booth at the Charleston farmers' market and wholesale to other states. While holiday trees require a great deal of work, especially the labor-intensive Frasiers, he said it has been a wonderful business opportunity for his family.

"The hard thing is, you only have one pay day," he added of making his entire living from the farm. "You've got four weeks to make it or break it every year."

The economic side of forests isn't the only thing being celebrated at the festival, which continues through Sunday throughout the downtown area. Here is a full schedule of remaining events.

Friday

-- 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Center Stage Karaoke Productions.

-- 8 a.m., Knight and Hale deer/cat, snake, turtle show.

-- 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Senior Center Bazaar.

-- 9 a.m.-9 p.m., City Park exhibits open, photography show, Seneca Trail arts show, railroad/cultural exhibits, arts and crafts, primitive campers exhibit.

-- 10 a.m., Showtime Express two-hour train ride.

-- 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-8 p.m., Tom-E-Boy the Clown.

-- Noon-6 p.m., Jerry Brown and DJ Hango the Monkee.

-- Noon-8 p.m., Appalachian Blue bluegrass music.

-- 12:30 p.m., West Virginia Raptor Birds of Prey Show and Skydancers, "It's Showtime".

-- 12:30 p.m., Pre-Coronation Concert, West Virginia Highlanders and West Virginia Highland Dancers.

-- 1-9 p.m., Micro Reality Nascar Racing.

-- 1:15 p.m., Pre-Coronation Concert, Elkins High School Madrigal Choir.

-- 1:30 p.m., vaudeville show on park stage.

-- 2 p.m., Royal coronation.

-- 3:30 p.m., Showtime Express two-hour train ride.

-- 4 p.m., Wall That Heals ceremony.

-- 5 p.m., Southern Gospel Jubilee.

-- 6 p.m., Winged Wheels Precision Motorcycle Exhibition, Fourth Street and Davis Avenue.

-- 7 and 9 p.m., Texas, The Band at outdoor stage.

-- 8 p.m., Fireman's Parade.

-- 9 p.m., Texas, The Band at outdoor stage.

-- 9:30 p.m., Queen's Ball at National Guard Armory.

Saturday

-- 7 a.m., Knight and Hale live deer/wildcat, snake and turtle show

-- 7 a.m., championship lumberjack registration at Davis & Elkins College Amphitheater.

-- 8 a.m., log stacking contest at D&E.

-- 8 a.m., Showtime Express three-hour and 15-minute train ride.

-- 8:30 a.m., championship lumberjack contest at D&E Amphitheater.

-- 9 a.m.-9 p.m., City Park exhibits open (see Friday)

-- 9 a.m., horseshoe pitch, single A at City Park.

-- 9-11:30 a.m., Senior Center Bazaar.

.-- 10 a.m.-noon, Tom-E-Boy the Clown.

-- 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Skydancers, "It's Showtime".

-- 10:30 a.m., Knights of South Branch Valley riding tournament, Lower Campus at D&E.

-- 11 a.m., Toronto Police Motorcycle Team exhibition, Fourth Street and Davis Avenue.

-- 11:30 a.m., North American Hard Hit Championship at D&E.

-- 12:45 p.m., antique, classic and street rod car parade.

-- 1:15 p.m., special unit trucks and log truck parade.

-- 1:45 p.m., Toronto Police Winged Wheels Precision; motorcycle team parade exhibition.

-- 2 p.m., Showtime 2000 Grand Feature Parade.

-- 4 p.m., Mindy Cookman, Outdoor Stage.

-- 5 p.m., band and field show competition, Wimer Field, South Davis Avenue.

-- 5:15 p.m., chain saw carving auction.

-- 5:30 p.m., Planet Extreme Entertainment Teen Nite: Eastern Bikes Stout Team, X-Treme Show.

-- 5:30-11 p.m., temporary tattoo parlor.

-- 6 p.m., Showtime Express two-hour train ride.

-- 6 p.m., Country Music Show, Harper-McNeeley auditorium.

-- 6 p.m., Toronto Police Motorcycle Exhibition, 4th Street and Davis Avenue.

-- 6:30 p.m., Outdoor Stage entertainment.

-- 6:30-10:30 p.m., laser tag arena.

-- 6:30-10:30 p.m., 3-D Virtual Reality Theatre.

-- 7-11 p.m., X-Treme Entertainment.

-- 9 p.m., Country Music Show, Harper-McNeeley auditorium.

-- 9:30 p.m., The Whole Sh'Bang, Outdoor Stage.

-- 10 p.m., Showtime Cabaret, National Guard Armory.

Sunday

-- 7 a.m.-3 p.m., buckwheat cake and sausage feed, Izaac Walton League, Beverly.

-- 8 a.m., Showtime Express two-hour train ride.

-- 9 a.m., muzzle loading contest, Izaac Walton League, Beverly.

-- 12:30 p.m., College Aid luncheon, Graceland, D&E.

-- 1 p.m., Wall That Heals closing ceremony, Elkins City Park.

-- 2 p.m., Showtime 2000 closing ceremony and official laying of stone by Queen Silvia LXIV, Federal Building, downtown Elkins.

Regional editor Nora Edinger can be reached at 626-1403 or by e-mail at nedinger@exponent-telegram.com.

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