“It was one of our best ones,” said Bert Martin, Clover Volunteer Fire Department president, speaking of the 2019 Clover Fall Festival that brought in $22,850.

In years past, the department had struggled with deciding when to have the festival, moving it from October to November so that it did not conflict with the fair. But then “the weather was unpredictable.”

This year, they decided to move it up to September, and the weather was on their side.

“The weather was great. It turned out to be a very good day,” said Martin.

The day kicked off with a parade that spotlighted their new 2019 Freightliner Rosenbaurer Rescue Pumper with a patriotic design on the side and floats from Kyle Martin and the Halifax Hillbillies and the Clover Church of God of Prophecy.

Following opening ceremonies at the grounds of the Clover Volunteer Fire Department, attendees enjoyed musical entertainment and ate, while children enjoyed two bounce houses.

Food sales went “great,” according to Martin, with hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken and barbecue plates being a sell out by the end of the day.

Entertainment for the day included High Grass Band, Forever Blessed, Stain Glass Bluegrass and MoonShine Son.

Raffle tickets also were sold throughout the day with Daniel Martin taking home the grand prize of $1,000, and the three consolation prizes went to Teresa Short, Tyler Stanley and Luke Hunt.

“I appreciate everyone’s support, and you can still mail in donations to the fire department. We had a lot of community people come out and help, and I thank them for that. I also would like to thank all of our sponsors,” said Martin.

Ashley Hodge reports for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at ahodge@gazettevirginian.com

Ashley Hodge is a staff writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at ahodge@gazettevirginian.com