By Beth Christian Broschart
The Parsons Advocate
DAVIS – Students from Davis Thomas Elementary Middle School and third graders from TVEMS enjoyed Students Day during the Leaf Peepers Festival Friday. Students made their way through stations where they learned about Appalachian heritage crafts and trades, local animals and some of the history of the area. The event is part of the Leaf Peepers Festival which was held Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Event organizer Kim Bennett said the event is good for the community and the kids. Stations featured during this year’s event include the WV Raptor Rehabilitation Center of Fairmont, sponsored by Black Bear Resort; Dean Hardman of Weston with the Broken H. Traveling Train Exhibit, sponsored by Land of Canaan Vacation Rentals’ Coal Miner, storyteller, author, teacher and Appalachian Fred “Powerhouse” Powers featuring living history exhibit sponsored by Mettiki Coal Company, Savage Trucking Company, WV Delegate Randy Smith and the Alpine Lodge.
Other exhibits and sponsors include Sharon Powers of Bluefield with Pioneer Games sponsored by Timberline Four Seasons Resort; Animal Olympics sponsored by Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge; Little Peepers Petting Zoo, sponsored by Justine Bolyard Saville Gandy B. Veterinary Mobile Veterinary Service and the Farm Discovery Center at Blackwater Falls State Park; Chip Turner of Appalachian Glass in Weston, sponsored by Land of Canaan Vacation Rental and Mountain Tr