Weston’s Amazing Week kicked off this week with the Annual Pet Show and Blessing Monday, June 4, and continued Tuesday with the Ice Cream Social presented by Shentel.
Festivities for the weeklong event will continue throughout, culminating with a day off of activies Saturday, June 9.
This year, Peyton Gillespie hosted her eighth Pet Show and Blessing.
She collected several bags and cans of food and almost $120. Peyton’s brothers and cousins ran a lemonade stand and all proceeds will go to the local animal shelters.
Peyton’s dog, Moose, and her fish, Blue Mamba, helped her to host this year.
The evening began with a lovely prayer and blessing from Father Valentine.
There were nine contestants.
Mayze, the border collie, was shown by owner Kelly Flesher, took the title of “Beautiful Bella”.
Skeeter, the bearded dragon, was shown by owner Emily Flesher, took the title of “Slither and Slide”.
LooLoo, the bearded dragon, was shown by owner Nova Flesher, took the title of “Exotic Frolic”.
Dexter, a mixed breed pup, was shown by owner, Makenzie Gregory, took the “Dapper Dan” title.
Gus the black lab & Jake the beagle mix were shown by owners Heather & Abby Weber. Gus won the title of “Gigantor” & Jake walked away with the “Smiling Sweetie” award.
Hunter, a German Shepherd/Golden Retriever mix, was shown by Peyton’s Aunt, Micah Stover. Hunter won the title of “Handsome Henry”.
Markey, the German Shepherd, shown by owner Jim Lee, took the “Lovable Lilly” award.
Peyton’s Pet Show and Blessing is held each year, and coincides with Weston’s Amazing Week.
The annual Citizens Bank WV History Challenge will be held Thursday, June 7, at the Weston Municipal Building at 6 p.m. The Annual Street Fair and Beard Contest will be on June 9. The event will be emceed by local historian and Weston Bicentennial Committee Chairman Bruce Adler. No registration is required for the event and cash prizes will be awarded.
Organizers of the Weston Brothers of the Brush Beard Contest will begin registering beard entrants at 10 a.m. at the Weston Fire Department on Center Avenue Saturday, June 9. Judging will be at noon with the West Virginia University Mountaineer acting as emcee. Judging will be by the mayors of Buckhannon, Clarksburg, and Glenville. There are a number of prizes for the six adult categories and even a category for children.
Set up for the Street Fair on Main Avenue between Bank Alley and First Street will begin for vendors at 10 a.m., Saturday.
Octavia Street will be vending her Nail Polish Strips along with the “Hash Browns and New Grounds” food truck owned by Bridgeport resident Cody Thrasher with his unique food selections. Other vendors include: Tupperware from Michelle Gum, homemade jewelry from Barb Lovett, Damsels in Distress from Ronda Ward, Steve Vinson Kettle Korn, Kayla Singleton and Debbie Ables with Tie-dye shirts and wax melts, and women’s clothing from Cheri Sturm, original artwork by Bob Rinehart and Karina Rowe, and clothing by Carol Pennington.
Traveling H Trains owned by local resident Dean Hardman will be set up for the event as well. Others wishing to be vendors at the event can contact the Weston Municipal Building at 304-269-6141.
Debbie Shackleford and Rita Wamsley are in charge of the second annual Quilt Show at 130 Main Avenue. There will be cash awards and two categories for the Show, including a large category, and medium/small category.
The music for the event was organized by committee member Betty Brooks and will include Harvest Trio playing from noon to 1 p.m. Band members include Kathy Helmick, Jim Welch, and Sharon Welch.
Retro Instinct plays from 1-2 p.m., with 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s music. The group includes Noah Webb, Jack Boyce, Nathan Coleman, and Levi Helmick. Local resident Tracey Caine will be bringing several heritage musicians to the event. Amy Kaisin and Mary Ann Spears, apprentices of well-known musician Patty Loomis will be playing hammered dulcimers for the day.
Political candidates are invited to participate in a Meet the Candidates event from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Bicentennial Office at 128 Main Avenue. Each participating candidate will be allowed three minutes for comments on stage.
A very large Bicentennial Birthday Cake and cupcakes will be served at 2 p.m., at the Bicentennial storefront.