Ralph Nester:’56, Move from Belsprings to Rockville, MD. A night at the Carnival…

We moved to a farm near Rockville, MD, (1956) a suburb of Washington, D.C. , where I started playing baseball. I rode my bike to practice and pitched for the school in Damascus, Maryland.

There was a carnival in Damascus. The country/western stars came to Damascus to buy clothes at Count’s Western Wear.  My brothers and I were going, but first I had to march in the parade because I was the pitcher of the local team.  I was the first to line up behind this white Cadillac convertible.  There was this country singer dressed in a white leather outfit , white cowgirl hat, white boots and big red lips.  She had fringes on her leather jacket and beautiful black hair.  She was sitting with one leg crossed and smiling out of the corner of her mouth.  It was Patsy Cline.

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A lot of stars were there performing at the carnival: Buck Owens , Minnie Pearl,  Conway Twitty , and I’m sure Merle Haggard was there, too.  But us boys wanted to pitch pennies for carnival glass and we won a lot of pieces that night.  I wish I had at least seen one singer, but we could hear them and the crowd cheering.

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