ELK GARDEN - Mayor Marian Droppleman and the Elk Garden City Council were very successful in hosting the first Bluegrass Festival at the Elk Garden Fire Hall Saturday, May 19.

For the News Tribune
ELK GARDEN - Mayor Marian Droppleman and the Elk Garden City Council were very successful in hosting the first Bluegrass Festival at the Elk Garden Fire Hall Saturday, May 19.
By count estimate, 250 or more were present to enjoy tasty and plentiful foods, along with very talented and entertaining music from the Maysville Express and Highland Bluegrass, preceded by Edie Paugh and Frank Moreland from Elk Garden with gospel music.
The forecast for heavy rains, which certainly materialized, moved the event indoors to the fire hall from a planned outdoor venue but the resulting warm fellowship inside from the foggy mountain rain was very enjoyable.
Many people pitched in to help from before the beginning at 11 a.m. to the end at approximately 4:30 p.m., with city leaders working together to make the event happen.
Many people on leaving said "Well done!" to Mayor Droppleman, still in the kitchen with council members. 
Thanks was extended to the Elk District Fire Company and its generous leadership and devoted volunteers, especially to Ethan Broadwater, who worked from opening to closing.
Appreciation was also offered to County Commissioner Jerry Whisner and to Randy Crane, Fort Ashby Chamber of Commerce district representative, and his wife, Barbara, BB&T Keyser branch manager, for coming to offer support from across Mineral County.
The Elk Garden event was the third in the Chamber / CVB series called "Tour of the 7 C’s,” which is aimed to cross-connect Mineral County residents and showcase the strengths of each district of the county.The next event in the series promotion is the Keyser Fest at the South Park Amphitheater scheduled for Saturday, June 9, in downtown Keyser.