Day: August 19, 2007

83 years young

Legendary Floyd County fiddle maker Arthur Conner (right) was born in 1924 and celebrated his 83rd birthday Saturday with a party and a lot of pickin’ and grinnin’ at Scott Perry’s Pickin’ Porch.

A number of Conner’s friends and fellow musicians turned out to help celebrate and music filled the air on Willis Street and young and old picked and strummed on guitars, fiddles and mandolins, some playing on instruments that Connor made.

Conner’s annual birthday bash at the Pickin’ Porch has become a traditional gathering of area musicians who jam throughout the afternoon before chowing down at a cookout.

The support and respect that many musicians share for each other is obvious at gatherings like this and is a major part of what makes Floyd and it’s long and colorful history of mountain music so unique.

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Afternoon delight

Writer/blogger/photographer Fred First and artist Ron Campbell showed off their handiword Saturday afternoon at Sweet Providence Farm on U.S. 221 north of Floyd while one of Houston clan provided music.

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Yes, tractors. The scene along U.S. 221 north of Floyd certainly caught your eye and, most likely, the ire of some of the drivers caught up in the long line of cars trapped behind the long procession of tractors on parade.

But what the heck. This is summer in the hills and tractors on roads are an everyday occurence even if a parade of the farm machinery — new and old — is not.

The parade caught the attention of people along the way as it snaked along the highway en route to Floyd. The tractor "fun ride" started on Rte. 615 and wound through the countryside on Saturday morning and afternoon.

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