Turns out this year’s Claytor Lake Beach Festival was a HUGE success on several fronts.
According to Judy Ison, Chairman of the Claytor Lake Festival Committee, state park officials put the attendance for this year’s festival at 13,125.
Ison said that does not include folks with state park passes, boaters, vendors, entertainment and volunteers.
She also reported the number of children served by the various free activities provided by local non-profits and volunteer groups reached 1,015.
Plus, Boy Scout Troop 249 collected 2,500 pounds of canned food for Pulaski Daily Bread from visitors to the festival. Those attending the festival who wanted to park their vehicle inside the state park had to pay $10 or $5 with five cans of food.
There were three contests held in conjunction with festival events, including a fishing contest, car and motorcycle show and boat parade.
Winners from the festival’s boat parade, from Johnny Garrett:
Most patriotic: Mountain 2 Island Paddleboard Company
Best team spirit: Jackie Cook
Fanciest Sailboat: Bike Barn (“Bike Sails” theme)
Most Creative: Angie Phillips (“Yeti Cooler” theme)
Tackiest: Caroline Gaskins (“Wild West Saloon” theme)
Judges Choice: Brian Garrett (“Patriotic” theme)
Everett Lee Yearout Fishing Tournament
Winners for this year’s tournament, which featured over 100 participants, according to Becky Yearout and family:
Youth Division Age 0-6 yrs.
1st Cody Linkous, Jr.
2nd Catherine Longworth-Bowling
3rd Zida Larse
4th Addison Griffith
Big Fish Aurora Riddle
Youth Division Age 7-12 yrs.
1st Carson Hall
2nd Maggie Gates
3rd Carson Hall
4th Carson Hall
5th Dustin Martin
Big Fish Ryder Horn
Teen Division Age 13-17 yrs.
1st Emma Gates
2nd Hunter Wimmer
3rd Hunter Wimmer
1st Mila Corbs
2nd Gage Arnold
1st Emma Gates
2nd Hunter Wimmer
3rd Gage Arnold
Big Fish Teen Division Emma Gates
Adult Division Age 18 and over
1st Lester Wimmer
2nd Cody Linkous, Sr.
3rd Danny Simpkins
1st Mike Corbs
2nd Debbie Woodrum
3rd Charles Hunter
1st Jares Mullen
2nd Lester Wimmer
3rd Ronnie Brieden
Big Fish Lester Wimmer
Aiden Bugg Sportsmanship Award Colby Marshall
Essay contest winners Gage Arnold
Lifetime Fishing License Winners: Hunter Wimmer
The Yearouts also thanked the following sponsors:
Valley Staffing Inc.
Sport Around Trophies
Bay Roc Marina
Wades in Christiansburg
Wades in Dublin
Wal-Mart in Radford
Wal-Mart in Dublin
Shelor Motor Mile
Crackel Barrel in Christiansburg
Sonic in Radford
Kroger in Radford
Food Lion in Radford
They also wished to thank the helpers who ran the show during the tournament this year:
Mr. and Mrs. Dailey
Americorp students: Jacob Hernandor, Meghan Roberts, and Connor Walter
Eddie and Debbie Quesenberry-before the tournament (Debbie) and calculating the winners (Eddie)
Dustin Wade (pictures)
Annual Car and Motorcycle Show
Earning trophies in each category were:
Best Pre 1940 Buddy Duncan, Floyd
Best 40s David Thompson, Princeton
Best 50s Jack Meadows, Pulaski
Best 60s Joseph A. Ryan, Blacksburg
Best 70s Robert Gibson, Princeton
Best Modern Kevin Winkle, Dublin
Best Modern Classic Dave Simmons, Roanoke
Best Rat Rod Scottie Davis, Barren Springs
Best Interior Doug Hughes, Pulaski
Best Paint Zack Eaton, Max Meadows
Best Engine Robert Chrisley, Pulaski
Best of Show Doug Hughes, Pulaski
Best Truck Barry Collins, Pulaski
Best Motorcycle Corey Reed, Roanoke