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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Warren Street Festival starts today
The 10th annual event includes live music, a health show and parade
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File Photo by Morris Stephenson: Darlene Swain, co-founder of the Warren Street Festival, is caught in the spirit of the activities last year and danced with two contestants of the macho man contest.

Friday, August 14, 2009

By MORRIS STEPHENSON - Staff Writer

The 10th annual Warren Street Festival opens today at 10 a.m. and continues through Saturday night.

The event is again centered around Warren Street and the farmers' market on Franklin Street.

The annual Saturday morning breakfast has been moved from the American Legion building to the National Guard Armory on Tanyard Road. It begins at 9 a.m.

Clarence A. Woods, a Rocky Mount native who now lives in Hampton, will be the breakfast speaker.

Woods is a veteran of 20 years in the U.S. Air Force and another 15 years with the federal government.

Woods is the 10th of 11 children born to the late Roy B. and Carlie Stone Woods. He is a graduate of Lee M. Waid High School. He and his wife, Christa, have two children and six grandchildren.

Calvin Menefee, 89, also a native of the county who now resides in Bassett, will be among the special honorees at the breakfast.

Menefee, a farmer, was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II. He was involved in several major battles, including D-Day, Battle of the Bulge and the Siegfried Line Battle. Menefee served from Nov. 9, 1940, until his discharge Nov. 15, 1945.

Members of Martinsville's Homer Dillard Post 78 and Rocky Mount American Legion Post 111 will serve as grand marshals.

Both daily schedules are filled with events, including a health show, business review, car show, parade, special recognition awards, activities, demonstrations and live music, according to event co-founder Darlene Swain.

Friday's schedule opens at 10 a.m.with a health show coordinated by Gail Nordhaus, community outreach director for Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital. It will continue until 5 p.m.

There will be an American Red Cross bloodmobile from noon to 4 p.m. Anyone wishing to donate blood can call 483-2459 or come by the market.

A business review will follow at the market from 5 to 7 p.m., Swain said.

A cruise in for antique vehicles, street rods and motorcycles will begin at 5 p.m.

The Fantastic Heavenly Five of Rustburg will open the entertainment. They will be followed by special guest Cynthia Coleman and God's Seeds of Glory from Kennesaw, Ga.

A "Back-to-School Rock 'n Roll Party" will conclude Friday night's schedule.

Saturday morning, antique vehicles, street rods and motorcycles will arrive at the market at 9 a.m., while the breakfast is under way. Vehicles and bikes on display will join for a parade leaving from the market and turning right onto Franklin Street.

The parade will turn right at Tuttle's EXXON and proceed down South Main Street before turning right on Warren Street and then back to the market.

Live gospel music at the market will be featured from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday. However, music will begin on Warren Street at 11 a.m.

On Saturday afternoon's schedule are Heaven of Rest Choir, Cynthia Coleman and God's Seeds of Glory, Tonya and Magnificent of Durham, N.C., Spirits of Joy, Derrick Young, Friends of the Gospel, The Mighty Supremes Gospel Singers, Bill Jefferson and Joe Wither, along with a karate team performance.

Saturday evening's schedule includes Kerosene Willy Band, Second Impression, The Mighty Supremes Gospel Singers, Second Impression, Smooth Flo.

Swain said $5 donations are being requested to help keep the festival going and assist in funding an amphitheater planned for future construction off South Main and West Court streets, near Warren Street.

For more information, contact Swain at 483-5772.

 
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