Traditional Appalachian Artist Russ Childers strums his banjo while St. Sylvester third and fourth graders do a square dance Wednesday, Sept. 13 at St. Sylvester Catholic School in Woodsfield.St. Sylvester teacher Desiree Peters and Carson Valkovic say “Howdy do” during a square dance Wednesday, Sept. 13 at St. Sylvester.St. Sylvester third and fourth grade students listen to one of Russ Childers’ tall tales during Childers’ visit at St. Sylvester Wednesday, Sept. 13.Blaise Smithberger and Mary Ann Yontz dance up the aisle Wednesday, Sept. 13 at St. Sylvester Catholic School.

Tall tales and square dances

Traveling artist program starts at St. Sylvester

“I promise on a stack of Bibles this is true,” Russ Childers told the St. Sylvester third and fourth graders.

Despite his oath of honesty, young faces stared up at him with looks of disbelief.

Childers, a traditional Appalachian artist from Batavia, was in the middle of a story about his dog, which, according to him, was better than any of the students’ dogs.

While tearing around his neighbor’s field chasing a rabbit, his poor dog had unfortunately got his self cut in half by running over a scythe left in the field.

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