The season for festivals commences

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Spring is here and that means it’s time for festivals, pageants and fairs in Greene County.


And it’s fair to say in Greene County, April is anything but the cruelest month. Events coming up this weekend surely support that notion. They are just the beginning of what makes the county an interesting place to live and visit.


The 12th annual Buckin’ B Cattle championship bull riding gets the month off to a roaring start this Friday and Saturday at the Greene County Fairgrounds. Also coming up Saturday is the W.A. Young Foundry Hammer-In in Rices Landing. This unique event, beginning at 9 a.m., brings blacksmiths together for a day of demonstrations. Tours of the foundry and an auction, which will start at 1 p.m., are also on tap. The public is welcome, lunch will be available and admission is free. All proceeds benefit the W.A. Young Foundry, the Pittsburgh Area Artist-Blacksmiths Association (PAABA) and the Appalachian Blacksmith Association (ABA).


The last weekend of the month is highlighted by the annual GNP concert at Waynesburg University April 27. Gross National Product (GNP), a band formed in the mid-1960s in New Jersey, has become a spring musical tradition, with members of the band reuniting annually at the university, where they have been putting on shows since 1970. The reunion has expanded to include other musical talents from the school and the region.


And another long-running event, the Mason-Dixon Ramp Festival, will be April 27 and 28 at Mason-Dixon Park in Mt. Morris. Ramps, as you probably know, are wild, onion-like plants that are transformed into culinary creations by creative gourmands. The festival draws a diverse range of visitors eager to sample the unusual fare.


Those who would rather get their day off to a milder start, there is a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon April 27, featuring buckwheat, buttermilk and corn pancakes with sausages and a variety of beverages to celebrate the opening day of the Greene County Historical Society and Museum. Rounding out the month will be the Enlow Fork Wildflower Walk April 28.


Heading deeper into the warm-weather months and the heart of festival season, there is the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, set for May 4 and 5; the Dock to Lock 5K run and walk May 11 at Greene River Trail in Rices Landing; the Sheep and Fiber Fest May 18 and 19; Rain Day in July; the Bituminous Coal Festival in August; the ’50s Fest and Covered Bridge Festival in September; and the Harvest Festival in October.


We can’t forget about the fairs – Jacktown in July and Greene County Fair in August, which means there soon will be calls for entries for the Jacktown Fair queen, Greene County Fair queen, and of course, queens for Rain Day and the coal festival.


Behind all these festivals and events are many dedicated workers and planners who go the extra mile. And from what we have seen over the years, their hard work has paid off.


From now until the Christmas parade, there will be something for everyone to enjoy in Greene County.


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