The Daniel Boone Festival is quickly approaching, and the Grand Marshall has just been announced.
According to Debbie Bingham, President of the Daniel Boone Festival Committee, “We wanted someone that was from Knox County, or someone that had strong ties to the community. We were looking for someone that had volunteered locally and had given a lot of time or talent to our area, a person that understands our culture and is best suited to lead us.
Bingham went on to say, “In this lady, we found a strong-minded, independent-thinking woman. Let’s face it, pioneer women had to be iron-willed, just to survive. Jane M. Blair is just ‘
Blair is the widow of Douglas L. Blair. She has four children, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Her family of pioneers have meandered from Barbourville to Charleston, S.C. and on up the coast to Connecticut.
Her resume includes graduating from Barbourville High Schools, Sullins in Bristol Virginia and Union College. She has been a member of Barbourville Woman’s Study Club, First Methodist Church, Garden Club, Daughters of the American Revolution and Knox County Hospital’s Auxiliary.
When named Grand Marshall, Mrs. Blair said she felt extremely honored and pleased to be considered. In addition to this honor, her resume lists a title that she most values, “Doug Blair’s Woman,” in honor of her husband.
The last line item written on Blair’s resume certifies her pedigree to be chosen Grand Marshall of the Daniel Boone Festival. She “lives in the same house in which she was born.”