Golden Delicious Festival

Sep 19th - 22nd, 2024

Clay, WV

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Join Us for Our 51st Annual Golden Delicious Festival in Clay ​County, WV

We have many local vendors that help us put a great event on every single year. We offer free admission for everyone to come ​because of the generous gifts from our amazing sponsors. We also have our annual parade with floats and bands, and anyone ​who would like to join needs to fill out an application. We also have our three beauty pageants for all age groups for the lovely ​ladies that would like to be the darlings of the pageant every year.

Festival Detail(s)

Experience a diverse range of exciting events and activities at our annual celebration! The festivities include our renowned parade and vendors, along with the thrilling Apple Dash 5k, lively live bands, captivating clogging contests, scrumptious baking competitions, and even the exhilarating skillet flinging contests. From heart-pumping competitions to mouth-watering treats, there's something for every Clay County resident to enjoy. Join us and be part of the fun!

Location

Main Street, Clay, WV

Dates

Sep 19th - 22nd, 2024​

Perfomance(s)

Saturday @ 8PM

Originating as The Tennessee River Boys in the 80's, the band evolved into ​Diamond Rio in 1989. The following year, they signed with Arista Nashville, and ​in 1991, with the release of "Meet in The Middle," became the first country music ​group in history to reach No. 1 with a debut single. The band is also known for ​their multi-week chart-topper "How Your Love Makes Me Feel," crossover hit ​"One More Day," as well as timeless hits "Beautiful Mess," "Unbelievable," "I ​Believe," and many more. Selling more than 6.8 million albums and surpassing ​over 1.05 billion global streams, Diamond Rio has charted 20 Top 10 singles, 15 ​Top 5 singles, and seven No. 1 singles. Known for playing every note on every ​album throughout their career, the band's unwavering commitment to their ​craft is evident in their instrumental tracks

“Big," “Appalachian Dream," and "Poultry Promenade," all of which received Grammy nominations for Best Country Instrumental ​Performance. Following their Arista Nashville deal, the band released two albums with Word Records - their Christmas album, ​The Star Still Shines, and their Dove and Grammy-winning Christian Country album, The Reason.

Amassing numerous accolades throughout the years, the band is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, won six Vocal Group of the Year ​Awards (four CMA and two ACM), received fourteen Grammy nominations, and won a Grammy Award for their album, The ​Reason. Known for their charitable commitments, including long-time spokespersons for Big Brothers Big Sisters, the band has ​raised more than $1 million for non-profits and received the Minnie Pearl Humanitarian Award.

For more information, visit www.DiamondRio.com.

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Friday Night

Born Joshua A. Christian , Josh is a Charleston, WV native. Previously ​featured in the Charleston Gazette for song writing, his career is growing ​and flourishing .

Many ask where the name Pantry came from. Josh’s friends were quite the ​rowdy bunch and he recalls spending many nights in a place called “the ​dirty paradise” ( a home occupied by his best friends ) . He soon made his ​room in the pantry, and his friends started calling him Pantry. That’s how ​the name was born and it stuck. Josh Started playing music around 2014 , ​with the 3 songs he knew . He brought all his friends to an open mic, the ​bar offered him his own show and the rest is history! Setting the ​attendance record on a Tuesday in Charleston, Josh played many Tuesdays ​for a tip jar and a free meal. Time has passed and Josh knows a little ​more than 3 songs now! Postal Worker by day, performer by night, Josh ​had shared the stage with acts like Daryle Singletary , Charles Wesley ​Godwin , Bill Dotson , The Davisson Brothers , Julia Cole , Mikele Buck , and ​Cody Wickline . Josh and his band, bring it every time they hit the stage.

Born Joshua A. Christian , Josh is a Charleston, WV native. Previously ​featured in the Charleston Gazette for song writing, his career is growing ​and flourishing .

Many ask where the name Pantry came from. Josh’s friends were quite the ​rowdy bunch and he recalls spending many nights in a place called “the ​dirty paradise” ( a home occupied by his best friends ) . He soon made his ​room in the pantry, and his friends started calling him Pantry. That’s how ​the name was born and it stuck. Josh Started playing music around 2014 , ​with the 3 songs he knew . He brought all his friends to an open mic, the ​bar offered him his own show and the rest is history! Setting the ​attendance record on a Tuesday in Charleston, Josh played many Tuesdays ​for a tip jar and a free meal. Time has passed and Josh knows a little ​more than 3 songs now! Postal Worker by day, performer by night, Josh ​had shared the stage with acts like Daryle Singletary , Charles Wesley ​Godwin , Bill Dotson , The Davisson Brothers , Julia Cole , Mikele Buck , and ​Cody Wickline . Josh and his band, bring it every time they hit the stage.

Event(s) & Schedule

To Be Announced, Check Back Soon!

Welcome to the origin story of West Virginia's most iconic fruit: the Golden Delicious apple. It all began over a century ago ​when Anderson Mullins stumbled upon the first-ever Golden Delicious tree by Porter Creek in 1912. The Stark Bros. Nursery ​recognized the potential of this fruit and completed its purchase, kickstarting over 50 years of cultivation in the region.


Over time, the Golden Delicious apple became a household name, beloved by people across the globe. Its sweet, crisp flavor ​and beautiful golden hue made it a fan favorite, prompting the inception of the Clay County Golden Delicious Festival in 1973. ​This annual celebration brings the entire county together for a delightful weekend filled with fun, excitement, and of course, ​the most delicious apples around.


Join us in celebrating the legacy of the Golden Delicious apple and experience the magic for yourself. Explore our website to ​learn more about the festival and the wonderful community that has grown around this beloved fruit.

Applications

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The Golden Crew

The Golden Crew is an integral part of the annual festival, and they work tirelessly to ensure that every visitor has an enjoyable experience. The committee is made up of dedicated volunteers, who have a passion for creating an event that the whole family can enjoy. With the help of their generous sponsors, they have been able to make the festival possible year after year.


The President of the committee is Renee Holcomb, who is also a business owner in the town of Clay. Renee is responsible for overseeing the vendors, and she takes pride in meeting new people while also welcoming back those who have attended the festival in the past.


The Vice President of the committee is Daniel Coleman, who works at the local senior center. Daniel started out as a volunteer and joined the committee to help with the event. He oversees the parade, which is a challenging task that requires a lot of time and patience.


The Treasurer of the committee is Malinda Stewart, who works at the local Prosecuting Attorney's office. In addition to handling finances, she also organizes the Corn Hole Tournament during the festival and assists with any other tasks that need to be completed.


Brittany Clifton is the festival secretary, and she works as a secretary at the local State Police Detachment. Her role is critical as she manages the festival's social media accounts and creates the flyers for the events.


Ryan Clifton, Brittany's husband, is also a member of the committee. Ryan works at the local bank and oversees the festival car show, which attracts many visitors from several miles away.


The newest member of the committee is Michelle Frame, who works at the local power company. Michelle ensures that the banners are hung and the meters are ready. Her sense of humor is always appreciated, especially during stressful times.


Together, the committee works to line up the entertainment for the festival, which is a challenging task. Without the help of all these people and their "Golden Sponsors," the festival would not be possible. Although the past year has been challenging, the committee is thankful to be able to put on a great festival this year.


Visitors can look forward to an "apple" adventure sponsored by the Elk River Trail Foundation, an apple bake-off, a quilt show, the coronation of queens, great food, and music. The committee is excited to see everyone come out and make this festival the best one yet!

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The Golden Delicious Pageant

2022 Golden Delicious Apple Festival Pageants will be held at the Clay County High School, 1 Panther Drive, Clay, WV 25043 on June 11th. A more detailed itinerary will be posted soon, please check back here.

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Miss Golden Delicious Pre-teen - Gwen Sampson. 1st Runner-up - Kendall Kessell. 2nd Runner-up - Falynn Holcomb

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Miss Golden Delicious Teen - Ella Wilson. 1st Runner-up - Delaney Roberts. 2nd Runner-up - Alela Stevens

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Mrs Golden Delicious - Monica Stalnaker. 1st Runner-up - Bethany Tanner

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Jr. Miss Golden Delicious - Madyson Ertle; 1st Runner-up - Sadie Collins

Golden Delicious Sponsor(s)

Order Request Form(s)

Please submit completed order form and we will email you an invoice with the link to pay for your purchase.

All orders must be paid within 24 hours of receiving email invoice to be honored.

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Metal Sign $45.00

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Contact Us

Clay County Golden Delicious Festival

Thurs 19th – 6pm – 9pm


Fri 20th – 9am – 10pm


Sat 21st - 9am – 10pm


S​un 22nd – 12pm – 3pm

Phone 304.880.8509

Email info@claygoldendeliciousfestival.org

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