Crowds turn out for Born and Bred


KNOTTSVILLE—The First Born and Bred Music Festival was without a doubt a complete success.  Festival goers came from all over West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania and had nothing but great things to say about the festival.

“We have some things to learn for next year, but I am overwhelmed with the positive response that we have received,” said festival chair Carol Harvey.

Folks streamed into the field and enjoyed not only an incredible show but great food and drink and the company of others in their community. 

“There is great music and awesome friends. It feels just like high school again”, said Grafton native Heather Rickman, who traveled from Ohio to attend the festival and support the reopening of the Manos.

Local favorites, The Mason’s kicked off the show and set the stage for a day of great performances. Patricia Smith, Humble and kind, Greg Ice and the Awkward pauses, George Shingleton, Wendy and Brian of Taylor Made, Last Year’s Model, Stephanie Adlington and The Chris Weaver Band followed with one incredible performance after the next. 

All different in their stylings, there was truly something for everyone. 

Stephanie Adlington put an impressive jazz set and told the audience, “I’m so happy to be home and see all the good happening here.”

During the festivities, emcee, Duretha Mayle made sure that there was time to bring Steve Louzy up on stage in a very touching tribute to hometown hero CSM Tim Bolyard. 

Louzy and many of Bolyard’s former class members pulled together to man a tent selling tee shirts to solely benefit the fallen soldier’s family.

The last set of the night, Chris Weaver, asked the audience, “Now how to do we close a concert in West Virginia?”

He, of course, then led everyone in Take Me Home County Roads which ended with fireworks from Taylor County Fireworks.

“We thank all the sponsors, the volunteers, and you for coming out and making this possible.  One thing you can all count on is that we will reopen the Manos Theatre,” said Mayor Peggy Barney.

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