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South Boston News / September 16, 2019

The Clover Fall Festival exceeded expectations as thousands turned out for a day of music, food, parade fun and fellowship for the benefit of the Clover Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday.

“We had one of our better events,” said Clover Fire Chief Bert Martin of the day’s turnout, which he said was “great.” After some early clouds, the skies mostly cleared off and festival goers came in waves to munch on bologna burgers, hot dogs and hamburgers that were served up by fire volunteers. “We ran out of [food] and had to go get more,” said Martin.

“It was people coming and going all day.”

The Clover department took in revenue of $22,870 — including direct donations — and cleared about $16,000.

Martin said some of those proceeds would go towards operating expenses, but “we’re going to take the bulk of it and set it aside for next year’s payment on our new truck.”

The new vehicle, a pumper truck delivered in August, replaces an outdated 1993 model. The new pumper was the lead fire truck in the 11 a.m. parade, which also featured around a dozen fire and EMS units from Halifax and Charlotte county departments.

The parade also offered floats, horseback riders, antique cars and candy for the young ones who lined the streets of Clover to take in the spectacle.

After the morning parade, festival goers were treated to music throughout the day by the High Grass Band, Forever Blessed, Stain Glass Bluegrass and Moonshine Son.

The winner of the $1,000 cash raffle was Daniel Martin. The raffle also produced three winners who took home $250 each: Teresa Short, Luke Hunt and Tyler Stanley.

Short, a vendor at the event, donated $50 back to the department, and Hunt contributed his $250 prize to go into CVFD coffers.

The Clover Volunteer Fire Departments has about 35 volunteer members, with “a couple in the pipeline” pending the completion of background checks, Martin said.

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