ELK GARDEN – With one successful event after another, Elk Garden is sponsoring its first bluegrass festival starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19.

By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspondent
ELK GARDEN – With one successful event after another, Elk Garden is sponsoring its first bluegrass festival starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19.
Visitors should bring their lawn chairs to the town park for an afternoon of food, fun and fellowship.
The music gets underway at 11 a.m. and goes to 6 p.m., with Maysville Express taking the stage at noon followed by Highland Grass.
Members of Maysville Express include: Mark Bennett - upright /doghouse bass, vocals; Deloris Dolly Bennett - mandolin, vocals; Jimmy Moreland - guitar, vocals; Bryson Helmick - banjo, vocals and Jeremie Hamilton – fiddle.
Highland Grass is a West Virginia based band, known around the Appalachian mountain region and neighboring states for its hard driving, high energy, traditional style bluegrass and bluegrass gospel.
Highland Grass is an acoustic five-piece band featuring banjo, fiddle, guitar, and upright bass.
Members of the group include: Joe Winebrenner - guitar/vocals; Donna Winebrenner – vocals; Wayne Staggs - bass/vocals; Jearl Kisamore – banjo and Heather Wharton - fiddle/vocals.
At each show you will find the band members in constant motion around a single microphone giving the audience tight harmonies and instrumental prowess the "old fashion way."
Concessions will be available for sale, including bbq chicken dinners with sides and a roll, or you can choose from festival food such as hot dogs and chili dogs, cotton candy, nachos and an array of baked goods.
Elk Garden will be having a town-wide yard sale on June 9 as the council looks to increase community involvement.
The bluegrass festival is the first of three events in the Elk Garden and Highland Communities being included in what the Mineral County Chamber of Commerce is touting as the Tour of the 7 C’s for the convention and visitors bureau districts.
Other Chamber of Commerce events in the area include a Blue Dragon Regatta planned for Aug. 11 at Jennings Randolph Lake and a West Virginia Energy Expo set for Sept. 15.
Another opportunity looking at younger residents is the possibility of a Cub Scout pack forming in Elk Garden.
District Scout executive Brent Smart recently met with the council to explain that it would take six adults, five kids and a charter sponsor to start a pack.
Students can start at the kindergarten level as Lions, and the new concept of family scouting includes both boys and girls.
Smart noted that under recent changes, the town could be a charter sponsor with a charter fee of $40 to cover leader’s insurance and a registration fee of $33 per person per year.
In other business, the town has received a donation from the Carol Delsignore Foundation for the upkeep of the cemetery.