Dave’s Drive-Through Weekend
Hi Dave Lavender here from The Herald-Dispatch, here’s my Dave’s Drive-Through Weekend picks for this weekend.
Here comes the weekend and downtown Huntington has got more wild and wonderful events than Weird Al has new videos.
Here’s just a few cool things to check out.
West Virginia Hot Dog Festival
Wiener Dogs start your engines it’s the 10th annual West Virginia Hot Dog Festival at Pullman Square on Saturday. The morning kicks off with the Bun Run and Buns on Bike, race and ride, and then there’s tons of fun during the day. At high noon, there’s wiener dog racing and in the afternoon hot dog eating and rootbeer chugging contests and lots of live music and family fun. Enter the contest at www.wvhotdogfestival.com
The Huntington Classic Regatta is set to run Friday through Sunday at HarrisRiverfrontPark with a full slate of events including two days of Powerboat racing on the Ohio River as well as a carnival, vendors, and live music at the amphitheater.
Learn more at www.huntingtonclassic.com
Rockin’ For the SkatePark
While the Huntington Skate Park is soon to break ground, a groundswell of community support continues as The V Club, 741 6th Ave., hosts a benefit Friday night with a full night of rock by such bands as Horse Burner and Mad Anthony as well as a silent auction and raffle to raise money for the matching Tony Hawk Foundation grant to help build the park.
Doors open at 8 p.m. Friday, July 25 for the concert that features such rockers as Horseburner (out of Parkersburg), Mad Anthony (out of Cincinnati), Beau Basement and the Razorblades (members of the Connie Dungs), and Last Days of the Sun.
Suggested donation is $10 for those 18 and up. There will be a silent auction and raffle to raise money for the matching Tony Hawk Foundation grant to help build the park.
Donations can also be made at: http://www.gofundme.com/Huntington-WV-Skatepark
Park Flowing With Chocolate and Pure Imagination
The delicious musical Willy Wonka rolls into its last weekend at Ritter Park Amphitheater at 8:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Gates open at 6:30 nightly. The pre-show, "Adventures in Storyland," will begin at 7 p.m. Picnics are welcome and concessions are available.
Come and see top shelf song and dance man Ryan Hardiman and an all-star cast putting their spin on “Wonka,” which is based off of Roald Dahl’s book, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and the 1971 movie, “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” with such sing-a-long songs as “Candy Man,” “Pure Imagination,” and “Cheer Up Charlie.”
Tickets are $15, $20 for reserved and $10 for children. There are also group prices at the Greater Huntington Park and Recreation District office at Heritage Station, the RitterParkTennisCenter, as well as online at www.ghprd.org. Tickets will also be available at the gate. Picnics are welcomed but concessions are available.
All Aboard for A Sunday Cruise
Relax and unwind with a laid-back cruise on the Ohio River as BB Riverboats' Belle of Cincinnati is doing its annual summer cruise. The paddlewheel boat is in Ashland on Saturday and in Huntington on Sunday.
On Sunday, July 27 - the boat is docked at HarrisRiverfrontPark where they’ll be embarking on a Brunch Cruise - noon to 2 p.m., a Sightseeing Cruise - 3:30 to 5 p.m. and a Dinner Cruise from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Prices for the Lunch/Brunch Cruises are $37 ($20 non-meal) and $22 for children ($11 non-meal). Prices for the Sightseeing Cruises are $20 and $11 and the dinner cruises are $45 ($24 non-meal) and $26 for children ($17 non-meal).
Call 859-261-8500 for reservations or email at Info@bbriverboats.com to find out more about the boat cruises which are also in Portsmouth, Gallipolis, Maysville, and Ashland. On Saturday, July 26 - the Belle is in Ashland for the Ashland Lunch Cruise - noon to 2 p.m. and a Dinner Cruise from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Forecast is Fair to Milton
Both the Cabell County Fair and the Boyd County Fair are in full swing this weekend with full plates of 4-H, carnival, motorsports and concert fun. My pick nights are the Friday night rodeo in Boyd County and Saturday night in Milton for the demolition derby, Matt Stillwell and fireworks.
Here’s a look at just a few of the highlights from the two fairs.
At Milton’s West VirginiaPumpkinPark, the Cabell County Fair rolls through Saturday, July 26. Gates open at 3 p.m. during the week, and at 11 a.m. Saturday. Admission is $8 and $5 for seniors 55 and older, which includes carnival rides.
Musical highlights include Gospel Night on Thursday with performances by New Horizon, GregBosticThreeBridges and the Brighter Side Quartet, at 6 p.m.
Country songwriter Jeff Bates on Friday night along with some bluegrass and gospel favorites including: Bobby Maynard and Breakdown, Joe Freeman's Bluegrass Gospel, Inspired and The Primitive Quartet. That show starts at 6 p.m.
On Saturday night, North Carolina young country artist Matt Stillwell, who has a new album, "Right On Time," closes out the fair and fireworks follow.
Other attractions at the Cabell County Fair include a draft horse pull at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, a tractor pull at 7 p.m. Friday, and big car demolition derby at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. More information can be found at www.cabellcountyfair.org.
Over in Coalton, in Boyd County, Ky., the Boyd County Fair rolls daily through Saturday, with country rocker, Bucky Covington, performing Thursday, July 24.
At 7:30 p.m. Friday, the main attraction will be the Bull Whip Rodeo, and on Saturday, the Coca Cola Youth Talent Contest ( for vocals and instrumentalist for youth ages 13-21) starts at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Gospel Music this year is highlighted on the final night of the fair, Saturday, July 26 and features the Perry’s. The group is known for such songs as "Did I Mention," "Celebrate Me Home," "Through the Night," and "The Potter Knows the Clay." The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Building of Dreams.
There will also be a mud bog at 7 p.m. Friday, and at 7 p.m., a demolition derby in addition to the livestock shows, 4-H, Horticulture, Home Economics, and Fine Arts Exhibits while you're at the fair.
Entry forms, rules, and a complete fair schedule can be found at www.boydcountyfair.com or you can call 606-585-0514.
Woody Pines Returns to CamdenPark
The 10th annual Hot Summer Nights concert series continues this week at Camden Park, West Virginia's only amusement park.
Returning to the park is popular Asheville, N.C.-based Americana artist Woody Pines, a band that plays Southern swabbed-music ragtime, country, jazz and blues music reminiscent of the 1920s and 1930s. Free with general admission, the concerts take place at 7 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 24-25.
The park typically offers extended hours from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on all concert nights with Starlight prices $11 after 5 p.m.
CamdenPark features more than 30 rides and attractions. For more information on the park and other special events, go online at www.camdenpark.com or call 866-8CAMDEN or 304-429-4321.
My Dave-Trippin’ pick this weekend is to CanaanValley for the third annual Brew Skies Festival that runs Friday and Saturday with tons of craft brews, bands and good food and fun.
Sponsored by Mountain State Brewing Co. in Thomas, West Virginia, the festival features a number of regional bands, as well as some nationally known acts: Philadelphia’s own American Babies headline, with Larry Keel Experience, Cabinet, Bumper Jacksons and Grand Ole Ditch.
As with previous years, all West Virginia Breweries are invited to attend, including some new faces. In addition to the brews from Mountain State Brewing Co., attendees can sample beers from Greenbrier Valley Brewing, Morgantown Brewing Co., Lost River Brewing, Chestnut Brew Works, Blackwater Brewing, Big Timber Brewing and Wheeling Brewing Co.
Food vendors will include Canaan Valley State Park BBQ , El Gran Sabor, White Grass Cafe & McVicker’s Kickers, with a number of local artisan and craft vendors. Music will go from 4 to 12 a.m. Friday, and 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday.
For more information or to get tickets, visit www.brewskiesfestival.com or call 304-463-4500.
That’s just a few of the things happening this weekend, check us out online at www.herald-dispatch.com and in the box.
Dave Lavender is the author of “Dave Trippin: A Daytripper’s Guide to the Appalachian Galaxy of Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.” Follow the H-D reporter on Facebook or Twitter @DaveLavenderHD.
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Dave Lavender writes about regional travel for The Herald-Dispatch. Go online at www.davetrippin.com for more information.