Yamboree Canning Competition Held

The biggest weekend of the year is coming up for the people of Gilmer, in their annual tribute to the potato wanna-be... the yam. The 67th annual Yamboree festival brings thousands of tourists to Upshur county each year. The canning competition began this morning, with numerous categories fruits and vegetables, jams and jellies... and of course yams.

Health codes prohibit judges from sampling the entries, so presentation is the main element and every element of presentation could mean the difference between average-- or blue ribbon. The 67th Yamboree parade begins 11 am Saturday in downtown Gilmer.

Bob Hallmark, reporting.