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Wild Turkey Festival kicks off under warm skies

May 4, 2012

Ashtin Womeldorf and Bailey Kittle cut the ribbon to officially start the 2012 Wild Turkey Festival. (Photos by Paul McManis)

The annual Vinton County Wild Turkey Festival officially started Thursday evening.

Ashtin Womeldorf and Bailey Kittle, the 2011 Wild Turkey Festival queen and attendant, started the event off with the ribbon cutting.

A ride matinee was held from 5-10 p.m., providing entertainment for children of all ages.

Hayley Watson and Eden’s Edge performed concerts on stage for the crowd.

The midway opens at noon Friday, and festivities get under way in the evening starting at 6:30 p.m. with the introduction of the 2012 queen contestants.

View our festival section for comprehensive coverage of the event.

Anyone interested in purchasing any photos from the Wild Turkey Festival should contact Paul at thecommonerjournal(at)


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