Destination McArthur

Tony hit the road for a spring festival trip on Saturday. His day on the Appalachian Highway proved rewarding.

On the Road Again

With a chilly autumn breeze acting as a head wind, I loaded up the First Warning Weather van and set sail for McArthur this past Saturday and a stop at the Wild Turkey Festival.

After consulting with my Rand McNally, I decided to take the road less traveled by as Frost had recommended in his famous poem. That meant the scenic route along the Ohio River and across the Appalachian highway (Rt 50 thru Athens and Vinton Counties).

I marveled at the sheer beauty of the woods as I traveled mile after mile of thickly wooded highway. I wondered out loud how icy these roads would be in winter!

I arrived in town later than planned as traffic getting into McArthur was busy. You see folks come from a large part of Central and Southern Ohio for this event. Now 26 years old and still growing, the Wild Turkey Festival is as much a rite of spring as it is a celebration of Appalachian heritage.

In town, folks were decked out in their hunting camouflage, a sure sign that the outdoors is an important part of the local economy. On this Saturday eve, a grey overcast and shrill north wind lent the feel of fall to the parade route. Folks lined up with as many Buckeye hoodies and toboggan hats as they did wool winter coats. The Vinton Bank thermometer read 49 as the parade began.

Speaking of the Buckeyes, they love OSU in this part of the state, witness the Vinton County band’s parade selection of “Hang On Sloupy” played along the roughly 2 mile parade route. Naturally I hummed this Buckeye theme song as I drove the parade route.

This being my first ever Wild Turkey parade, I had the weather van windows rolled down while the heat in the car was on. ‘How’s the weather”, folks shouted to me? “Warm in here” I replied with the heat cranking.

After the parade, I stopped by McClure’s restaurant and chowed down on the Baked Potato and Grilled chicken combo. There parade host Debby Webb and her lovely mother Frances joined me for the “feast”.

While in the restaurant I was pleased to take pictures with many Turkey Festival goers including royalty.

The enclosed picture is with a young lady named Tierany whom I met at McClure's.

Thanks Vinton County for  a fun Saturday evening.

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