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Celebrations heat up Louisa

Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 10:39 am

Glenn Horr of Highland Forge in Berkley Springs, West Virginia, was a featured artist at the forge. Horr transforms a piece of stock from raw to finished product in 35 minutes. Photos by Chan Powell

A thank you party that started off with 30 people has grown to an annual blacksmith celebration party of more than 300 people in less than 20 years.

Where do local blacksmiths come together to celebrate and throw a party once a year? At Dan Boone’s Pasture Party, of course.

The party consists of more than 300 blacksmiths joining together for a day filled with many events featuring a  demonstrator, a catered lunch, tailgating and spousals programs.

The Dan Boone’s Pasture Party is held the last weekend of February in Louisa off of Parrish Road at the home and shop of Dan and Judy Boone.

“We enjoy presenting this party,” said Judy Boone. “We will continue to do this as long as we can.”

The gathering starts with the blowing of the anvil, a traditional opening and closing of blacksmith celebrations. Then an instructor provides demonstrations for all the blacksmiths to learn and experience hands-on projects. Lastly, a tailgating event that consists of buying, selling and trading tools is spread along the property. And of course, the event includes plenty of food.

To read the entire story, see the Feb. 28 edition of The Central Virginian.