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One Tank Trip: Oak Leaf Festival returns to Fayette County for 16th year

Local - 8/28/2014 3:40 PM by Karen Franklin
OAK HILL - For 16 years, Fayette County's largest city has been home to a weekend of entertainment from dawn till dusk, and 2014 is no different.

The highly anticipated Oak Leaf Festival is set to take over Oak Hill on Saturday.

"I encourage you to come out just for the thrill and excitement, and it's Labor Day weekend," Dianne Janney told WOAY. "You want an opportunity to say you've been involved in something."

There's plenty to choose from if you're up for it, because at 7 a.m., we'll start with a pancake breakfast. Later, choose from crafts, food and music. The parade starts at 11 a.m., and it's a big draw.

"When you come downtown, and you see that many people, you'd be surprised who you run into that you might know. I meet somebody different every year. I know them, I just haven't seen them for a while," Janney said.

Be sure not to miss the fireman's rodeo. It's a friendly competition between several counties, so come see how your department stacks up.

"If you've never had that experience, they get out their hoses and they shoot a barrel across, and then they all dress in their uniforms and see who can get dressed the quickest," Janney said. "It's a lot of activity. Lot of energy."

The Oak Leaf Festival is a spin off of what was once a sports fest. It's since evolved and grown.

"Make it that one time opportunity," Janney said. "You get that small town feeling, everybody comes together and pretty much we have a real neat town here. If you need help with something, all you got to do is ask. Someone is always there to lend a hand."

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