By Rachel McDaniel
Annual celebrations in Pike County’s five unique towns have offered a glimpse into Pike’s past, including the Concord Country Jubiliee which is now in its 49th year, Molena Fest which was previously the Molena Turkey Fest and will be the Molena BigFoot Fest this year, the Pimiento Fest in Zebulon which has not been held in several years, A Day in Meansville which is now the Meansville Music Festival, the Williamson Wisteria Festival which has grown tremendously in just a few years and Vintage Days at Candler Field Museum in Williamson.
For longtime Molena residents, turkeys weren’t just for Thanksgiving, they were a way of life. Starting in the 1940s, many Molena families began raising the birds. They became so popular the city named a Turkey Queen, entered parades and even dressed the turkeys in homemade costumes every year.
This year’s Concord Country Jubilee will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15-16 with fun for the whole family, including entertainment, arts and crafts, food, fellowship and fun. The parade is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15.
Molena’s first ever BigFoot Fest will be held Saturday, Nov. 12 with vendors and special presentations as well as the J. Joel Edwards Public Library’s Elkins Creek 5K and 1 mile fun run/walk. Submit applications for vendors by Oct. 5 to firstname.lastname@example.org.