The black walnut has been at Spencer, West Virginia’s core, so naturally, a festival was named after it.
For 64 years, people near and far traveling to this small town to celebrate the nut, grab some black walnut ice cream and other food, and try to get the best seat along Main Street for the infamous parade.
The parade usually sees over 100 entries and are all judged based off three categories. Every year organizers say they try to shake things up with adding diversified floats that keep goers guessing, but at the same time, keep the vibe that has been going since first started.
The festival’s Secretary treasurer, Courtney Dawson said, “it is just unique to us, a lot fo people are originally from the area but have move out, and then bring friends in with them and then they get people coming in with them, so it’s just a pretty big draw for a lot of people it seems like.”
For 48 years, Stephanie Carpenter has attended the Black Walnut Festival every and she said there is always something new to see, which keeps her coming back. Her favorite part is the parade.
“I think it gets better and better every year. What makes our parade unique is that we have all the bands, so that’s what everybody loves and they have more candy this year than ever and it was chilly, but like I’ve said, I’ve never missed a year, 48 years so it’s awesome,” said Carpenter.
The town and organizers have been working since July to get everything in order to bring on a successful weekend, and they have already hit the drawing board for new ideas for next year’s festival.