Some 350 visitors, vendors and college staff thronged Eastern WV Community and Technical College Saturday, April 27, for the college’s second annual Extravaganza Event. The day offered a host of family activities, including face painting, balloon sculpting and “travel around the world” for some 75 youngsters who attended.
A Moorefield High School Art Club member applies her brush to an event-goer's face at the Extravaganza.
More than 20 merchants and shops presented wares ranging from jewelry, home décor, gifts, make-up and beauty tips, photo portraits, clothing styles, charities, home-made crafts, sweets, and more.
Event-goers comb through a selection of goods at the Extravaganza.
“Plus, thanks to the guys in the 40 & 8, everyone could feast on the best ham sandwiches in the state,” said Monica Wilson, Eastern’s associate director of admissions, who organized the event.
The local Voiture 1623 of the veterans’ service club cooks their own country ham sandwiches — famous near and far — for local events, and donates the proceeds to a scholarship fund for Eastern’s nursing students, who offered free blood pressure readings at Saturday’s event.
40 & 8 members, from left, Frank Fisher, Steve Vaughn, past chef de gare (leader/commander), and Sara Stewart, sizzling up the ham on the Extravaganza grill.
Highlights from the day included a grand “Let's Dance!” recital from kindergarteners through fifth grade students in Eastern’s “Introduction to Ballet and Jazz” class, taught by Missy Shockey through Community Education.
Two lines of young dancers from Eastern's “Introduction to Ballet and Jazz” class strut their stuff.
The recital also featured duets by Allison Barr and Kelsee Boggs, and Muryssa George and Shannon Shockey.
Muryssa George and Shannon Shockey kick up their knees in a fast duet.
“The students all did very well,” noted instructor Shockey. “Their performances reflected the hard work they put in this year.”
A chorus line of 10 young women perform the high leg kick.
The People’s Choice Award for the best hog (motorcycle) in the cruise-in show went to Ethan Biggs, who accepted on behalf of his “grandpa” Charles Coby.
Laurel Godlove, Eastern's Academic Services Program Coordinator presents the Cruise-In 1st Prize certificate to Ethan Biggs, who accepted on behalf of his “grandpa” Charles Coby.
“It made me very glad to see lots of people of all ages from our communities touring Eastern’s building and having a good time with all the activities,” said Eastern’s Wilson. “I hope each year the college can make things even bigger and better for all who enjoy this day.”
The Moorefield High School’s Art Club painted youngsters' faces at the event, with proceeds going to club activities, and Eastern’s Student Government Association and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society assisted with event activities and clean-up. The event staff organizing committee included Amy Crites, Amanda Sites, Melissa Shockey and Deb Backus, with valuable assists from Terry Wimer and Paul Harman.