By: Shianna Pennington
October 1, the Ripley Viking Marching Band hosted 26 bands in the 12th Viking Fest under the direction of Sherry Poole. There were 125 trophies awarded, in many different categories ranging from color guard to field commander. There were 2 divisions, each consisting of different classes.
In Division 1, Hurricane High School won grand champion, with Parkersburg South being 1st runner up, and George Washing being 2nd runner up. In Division 2, Tyler Consolidated won Grand Champion, with Paden City High School being 1st runner up, and Herbert Hoover being 2nd runner up. Hurricane won best show design in Division 1 and Tyler Consolidated won for Division 2. Though there were many, many other awards gifted, each band present at the competition won an award.
The student members and parents of student members, of the Ripley Viking Band all had jobs or tasks to do as the hosts of Viking Fest. Most of the parents worked the concessions stand, though some worked as parkers to help park buses and some ran the trailers containing the pit equipment for the bands. The students were band guides and showed the bands where to go while others were water people that gave water to the bands before they performed.
“Being a band guide at Viking Fest was really fun. It was nice making new friends from Winfield,” senior Selena Lanham said. “I think it’s great that we have the ability to have a band festival at our school, and getting to perform in front of the other bands and showing them what we’ve worked on and how far this band has come since I was a freshman.”
The Ripley Viking Band performed their show “Spanish Fantasy” show as hosts, but did not compete.
“It was my first Viking fest, so I didn’t know what to expect,” said freshman Megan Tooley. “It was fun hanging out with my friends, meeting new people, and listening to the other bands.”
Ripley Viking Band will perform at four more football games and two more festivals- States and Sissonville’s competitions.