By Mystie Johnson and Alex Rose
The 65th Annual Black Walnut Festival was held in Spencer, WV this past weekend on October 12, 2019. The Nicholas County High School Marching Grizzlies attended and performed in the parade and the field competition. The band brought home the awards of 1st place Parade Band, 1st place Silks, 1st place Competition Band, 2nd place Percussion, and 2nd place Drum Major, Alex Rose.
The Black Walnut Festival is one of the few band competitions that focuses on majorettes and twirlers. The Gorgeous Grizzly Gals brought home 2nd place Overall Majorettes at the festival, along with the title of 1st runner-up to Miss Majorette, brought home by the beautifully talented Azreah Groves, feature twirler for the NCHS marching band. Azreah, a senior this year, feels like she will miss all of the competitions once she graduates, especially Black Walnut, but she is also excited. Her plans to further her twirling career are looking bright, as she’s already been contacted by both twirling coaches from Marshall University.
“It’s cool that this is like, our time.” Azreah had the pleasure of being called back for the final round of the Miss Majorette competition, which ended up being one of her favorite parts of the night, alongside being awarded with 1st runner-up to the title.
Junior Mackenzie Yeager was also called back for the final round of judging. She was ecstatic to be called back because she got to experience being on the field for awards. Mackenzie has worked hard and plans on continuing her hard work with a twirling coach to prepare her to try out for the coveted position of feature twirler. No matter what happens, Mackenzie is excited for next year.
The 65th Annual Black Walnut Festival was definitely one to remember. While the day started out a bit chilly, it was a cool parade but a warm field competition. Senior Azreah Groves and junior Mackenzie Yeager both agreed that, overall, it was a good day for the Marching Grizzlies.