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Bassett Festival set for new location

Thursday, September 12, 2013

By PAUL COLLINS - Bulletin Staff Writer

The annual Bassett Heritage Festival this Saturday will be at a new location.

“We’re moving across Route 57 to the area that once held Bassett Furniture,” said Tony Wright, festival chairman. It’s a grassy area across from Wells Fargo bank and the fire station, he said.

The festival, which is sponsored by the Stanleytown Ruritan Club, will start with an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at 6-10 a.m., Wright said. The price is $5, and the menu will include plain and blueberry pancakes, sausage, coffee, orange juice and milk, he said.

Opening ceremonies will be at 9 a.m. The Bassett High School JROTC will present colors, BHS choir members will sing the national anthem, and there will be a flag raising from the Bassett Volunteer Fire Department ladder truck, Wright said.

Dozens of vendors will sell food, arts and crafts and other items. Also, organizations, churches and political parties will be represented, Wright said.

He added there will be a classic car show, and that Bassett Furniture is sponsoring a children’s playground with such things as blow-up rides and face painting.

Two bands will perform, each for two hours, he said. Troublesome Highway will perform country/bluegrass starting at 11:30 a.m., and Coastal CruZ’rs will perform a variety of beach music and rock starting at 3:30 p.m., Wright said.

The festival will end after the Coastal CruZ’rs’ performance finishes about 5:30 p.m., he added.

At 2 p.m., there will be a parade sponsored by Shirley’s Floral Design and Bassett Funeral Service. Co-chair Shirley Amos said the parade will begin at the end of Lenoir Drive at the bridge in front of EMI Imaging. The parade will proceed through Bassett, turn right at Harder’s Drug Store, cross the bridge, turn right on Riverside Drive, continue on Riverside Drive and turn right across the bridge and left onto Lenoir Drive to return to the starting point.

Dr. John P. Bing is the grand marshal, Amos said. He was a doctor in Bassett for many years and “is well known and well loved,” Amos added.

According to Amos and Paul Kennedy, the other parade co-chair, scheduled parade participants include: the Henry County Honor Guard; Bassett, Fairystone and Patrick Henry fire departments; Bassett and Collinsville rescue squads; Disabilities Unlimited; Ms. Wheelchair Virginia Brittany Yates of Bassett; Bassett High School’s football team and JROTC; Marine Corps League Detachment 908, with Pfc. Edward Richardson and Fuzzy Melton; Wounded Warriors, with Fred Russell; Aycock Middle School drum line and dance team from North Carolina; Miss Petite Martinsville and Henry County Cierra Hagwood, 8; vehicles in memory of the Short family; Fraternal Order of Police; Oakhill Cathedral of Glory in Bassett, Herman Moore and vehicle; Teresa’s School of Baton and Dance; Daniel’s Auto Glass vehicle; Jesus Christ Apostolic FTW Church vehicles; Magna Vista High School cheerleaders; and clowns.

Also, Les Adams, Republican candidate for the 16th District House of Delegates seat, and state Sen. Mark Obenshain, Republican candidate for attorney general, are scheduled to participate in the parade, according to Amos.

Amos added the parade will include “a great show of antique vehicles.”

Amos and Kennedy said they are stressing safety during the parade.

“We want everyone to come out and have a good time and be safe,” Amos said.

For instance, when parade participants throw candy, parents should watch their children and keep them out of the streets, Amos said.

Also, she is asking the public not to stop people in the parade in order to keep the parade moving and avoid gaps.

No alcohol is allowed, she said.

Amos said she expects the parade to last about an hour.

She added there will be vendors and musical groups in the parking lots of her business (Shirley’s Floral Design) and Bassett Funeral Service.


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