Kenn Starcher was very sympathetic. He told his wife, "I will support you no matter what you have to do to continue it."
The first Pinch Reunion was held in 1902 and organized by W.W. Wertz, who would later serve as mayor of Charleston. It opened with the singing of "The West Virginia Hills," and closed with the hymn "God Be With You Till We Meet Again," songs that are still a reunion tradition.
Wertz was president of the reunion for 50 years, and was when Daugherty first went as a child.
"I was about 5 years old. My Aunt Flo gave me a quarter. I bought and ate five hot dogs -- and threw up," he recalled.
Then Pearl Rogers took over for the next quarter of a century. One year, Rogers said, "Libby and George Albert, you are in charge now."
"She was a schoolteacher, and you did what she said," Daugherty said.
The 2012 Pinch Reunion is dedicated to Libby Squire, and a Good Samaritan award "for a lifetime of lifting the spirits of their fellow man" will go to Dick Harris and Betty Comer.
Saturday's events will include a horseshoe throwing competition and a new cornhole contest. The pie-baking contest is also new. Music will be provided by Scott Straight and the bands Needful Things and Double Dragons beginning at 6 p.m. at the auditorium known as the Wigwam.
There'll also be music after the 10 a.m. Sunday service, with Hillbreed, Poor House and the James Harrison family bands performing. The program Sunday will be held at the Elk River Center.
In an age when many groups are struggling to attract more and younger volunteers, Daugherty is delighted that Starcher and other new committee members with enthusiasm and energy are taking over the reins of the Pinch Reunion.
"It was a sheer act of providence," said Daugherty, referring to Starcher's phone call.
The Pinch Reunion begins with a parade at noon Saturday at Pinch Elementary School. Find an event schedule at www.facebook.com/PinchReunionWV.
Reach Rosalie Earle at ea...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5115.