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Saturday morning parade to kick off Clover festival

Clover Volunteer Fire Department will hold its fall festival Saturday kicking off with a parade through downtown Clover at 11 a.m.

Anyone interested in participating in the parade is encouraged to bring floats, classic cars, animals or four-wheelers and be a part of Clover’s fall festival parade. 

The opening ceremony will begin at noon at Clover Volunteer Fire Department along with lunch and stew prepared by the Porter Fellowship Class of Clover United Methodist Church. Items on the lunch menu include hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs and bologna burgers.

Entertainment will follow the opening ceremony featuring live music from Midnight Crossfire, Stony Ridge, Mark and Linda Satterfield, Kermit Wright and the Goodtime Band, Kyle Martin and the Halifax Hillbillies and Robert & Kyle Hiatt. 

Also performing Saturday will be Thomas L. Cook, a native from Halifax County, who fell in love with music at a very early age. Inspired by his mother, he began to sing at his church. Later, he learned to play the guitar and proceeded to begin playing with his family group, which he served for nearly 50 years. 

During his younger years, he served as a pianist to various local churches. He has shared the stage with some of the world’s greatest gospel singers such as Evangelist Shirley Caesar and the Caravans, the Mighty Clouds of Joy and the Sensational Nightingales. 

Being guided by the Spirit, he began the Tom Cook and Company music ministry as a way to spread the good news of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He spreads the gospel to nursing homes, hospitals, day facilities and other various establishments through his music. 

He has been married for 28 years and currently resides just outside of Lynchburg city limits with his wife and children. 

Also at the fall festival Saturday just for the kids will be an inflatable bouncy house, obstacle course and slide, plus face painting.

All day raffle tickets will be sold for $1 for a chance to win a grand prize of $1,000, just in time for Christmas shopping. Also to be given away will be five consolation prizes of $150. 50-50 tickets also will be for sale throughout the day. 

During the afternoon, a cornhole tournament will be held with a cash prize of 70 percent payback – 40 percent for first place; 20 percent for second place; and 10 percent for third place. The entry fee for the tournament is $10 per team.

All teams must pre-register and pay by 10 a.m. Saturday. To register, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , post on the event wall or see any Clover Volunteer Fire Department member.

The fall festival will wrap up with a barbecue and chicken supper that evening. Adult plates will be $8, and kid plates are $5. Jesse “Bubba” Cousins will prepare the barbecue.

Clover Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bert Martin invites the public to come out for a fun day in Clover and support their local volunteer fire department.

Visit their website at http://www.clovervfd.org/index.html