By Susan M. Thigpen © 1984-2012
Issue: August, 1984
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E.M. Nester & Son, at Laurel Fork, Virginia has been in business for 38 years, but recently, when they built a new building (next door to the old one) they decided to hold a grand opening.
We were on our way to do a BACKROAD tour when we passed by and saw a team of steers yoked together in the old fashioned way, hitched to a wagon. Seeing the crowd, we stopped too. As soon as we opened the car doors, we could hear the Bluegrass music being played by Rafe Brady, Don Brady and Charles Shelor. When we got closer, we also saw flat foot dancing by Fanny Brady ( who admitted to being past 82 years of age) and 77 year old Roosevelt Puckett.
There were country clowns with straw hats and bandanas along with their painted faces to give balloons to the children. There were hot dogs, free drinks and door prizes, but what caught my fancy was a cow with a saddle on it for children to sit on and perhaps have their picture taken.
There was a large crowd of well wishers and customers at Nester's Store that day. The feeling of community was so strong that you could almost touch it. E.M. Nester & Son, you sure know how to throw one good Blue Ridge Mountain style grand opening!