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Dave's Drive-Through Weekend

Dave's Drive-Through Weekend

Dave’s Drive-Through Weekend

Your Guide to the Weekend

It's Memorial Day weekend and time to get this grilling, chilling and thrilling summer party started. Here's just a few cool things happening around the Tri-State region.

Park It At Camden
Camden Park opens full throttle with extended hours Saturday (11 to 10). They got Ohio native Nashville country artist Clark Manson at 5, as well as Saturday night fireworks.
At 3 p.m. Sunday, songs from Mingo County native Nashville artist Morgan White.
 The park, which is celebrating its 112th season, has about 30 rides and attractions from old favorites as the Haunted House, the Big and Lil' Dippers, the train, and the log flume, to new rides such as the Flying Scooters, The Kite Flier and their newest ride, The Rattler.
The park will be open 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday and Monday, May 24-25.
Go online at www.camdenpark.com for more info or call 304-429-4321 for more info.

All In For I-Town
The country's oldest Memorial Day parade takes place at 10 Monday in downtown Ironton with a theme of "USA Strong."
Other Memorial Day weekend events in I-town include Friday night fireworks, the 29th annual St. Joe Charity Fair Saturday through Monday, and a Saturday night Battle of the Bands at the Ro-Na Theater.

Here's some more info on what's going down in Ironton.
If it's hot, head downtown to the spray ground (now open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through Labor Day weekend) to cool off the kids, or pop into one of the many cool Ironton restaurants and pubs (from Frogtown to the End Zone) or The Laid Back (over on the river north of Ironton) that will be packed with folks coming back home.
On Friday, enjoy free fireworks downtown and be sure to stop over at the 29th annual St. Joe Charity Fair that runs Saturday through Monday, May 23-25 at the corner of 7th and Quincy Streets.
Enjoy a bunch of live music, crafts, inflatables, games and raffles including a grand raffle of $5,000.
If you're the rocking kind, head over Saturday night as the historic Ro-Na Theater, 310 S. Third St., Ironton at 6 p.m. Saturday, as they host the next round of Battle of the Bands as local acts battle to get a spot on the Rally on the River. This is a free, all-ages show that starts at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Vandalia Gathering
Old-time is a good time as the West Virginia Division of Culture and History opens up the Culture Center and State Capitol grounds from Friday to Sunday, May 22-24 to host the 39th annual Vandalia Gathering – the state’s annual celebration of the traditional arts, music, dance, stories, crafts and food of West Virginia. The free festival’s unique blend of ethnic and cultural heritage combines an atmosphere as comfortable as a family reunion with the excitement of a state fair.
The 2015 Vandalia Gathering kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday, May 22, with an awards ceremony for quilt and wall-hanging winners and presentation of the Vandalia Award, the state’s highest folklife honor.
There's contests all day long Saturday and Sunday for everything from a pound cake baking contest to contests for fiddle, banjo, mandolin., dulcimer, flat-pick guitar and of course the famous Liar's Contest.
During the entire festival, enjoy more than 40 West Virginia craftspeople demonstrating and selling their creations from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday while food booths will serve up everything from ramps, taters and eggs, to hot bologna sandwiches, roasted corn, Italian specialties and more.
And The Old-Time for Young ‘Uns area will be filled with fun games, crafts and hands-on activities.
For more information, visit the division’s website at www.wvculture.org for a complete schedule of Vandalia Gathering events.

A Subterranean Blues Kind of Birthday
It's Bob Dylan's 74th birthday this weekend and you can join local singer/songwriter Paul Callicoat and an all-star band at 9 p.m. Saturday, at the Black Sheep Burrito and Brews, 1555 3rd Ave., Huntington, for the Bob Dylan Birthday Bash that celebrates the iconic music legend, who has sold more than 100 million records, and whose songs have helped shape America since the 1960s folk revival.
Go online at www.blacksheepwv.com for more events at Black Sheep.

Remembering Mike Murphy
The late, great regional music icon, Mike Murphy, the hard-living and rocking guitarist, singer and songwriter, will be remembered at a "40 Years of Mike Murphy" concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 24, at the home of Jim and Diane McKnight, 1304 Hamer St. Flatwoods, Ky.
An all-star collection of local artists and former members of Murphy's band Zachariah, will celebrate Murphy and Zachariah's legacy that includes such songs as "Ol' Cheap Wine," "Appalachian Lady," and "Never Ever," one of Murphy's songs that Billy Ray Cyrus put on his record-breaking "Some Gave All" debut.
Everyone is invited to jam and you may camp on Saturday and Sunday in adjacent four acres. Grab your cooler, come out and enjoy some pulled pork, and an afternoon of great music. The fun starts at 3 p.m. Sunday, with corn hole at 5 p.m.

It's Been A Lovely Cruise With Bacon
The Parkersburg, W.Va.-based Island Belle is slow paddling its way to Blennerhassett Island State Park and back and you can enjoy a relaxing breakfast cruise this Saturday.
Boarding begins at Point Park at 8:30 a.m. Saturday for a river cruise to the island for breakfast.
Enjoy the peacefulness of the island , visit the mansion, or you can hike and observe the island 's natural habitat. 8:30– 10:30 a.m. Reservations are required. Cruise price is $22 and $18 youth (3-12)
For reservations: 304-420-4800 and go online at http://www.blennerhassettislandstatepark.com/ for more info.

Getting Mad In the Moonlight
Feel the call of the wild this weekend out at Camp Arrowhead as they host the annual Moonlight Madness Trail Run that takes place on Saturday night, May 23.
Pick either a 3.5 mile or 7-mile run through the woods out at Camp Arrowhead, which is located at 4200 Scout Camp Road, Ona, (just past the Huntington Mall and off of Blue Sulphur Road)>
Go online at http://www.wvmtr.org/events/kanawha-trace-moonlight-madness-night-trail-run/ for more info or check out www.tristateracer.com to link that race and about half a dozen more races this weekend.

Dave Trippin: My road-trip pick this weekend is to The Country Music Highway in Eastern Kentucky where they are hosting the 9th annual Highway 23 Sale from 8 to 5 Thursday through Saturday from Greenup to Letcher Counties.
Take a ride on The Country Music Highway that's famed the world over for having been the home to a long, long list of country stars including Loretta Lynn, The Judds, Billy Ray Cyrus, Dwight Yoakam, Ricky Skaggs, Gary Stewart, Patty Loveless and many, many more.
Boyd County’s organized site will again be at Sargent’s Tires (intersection of US 23 and Hoods Creek Pike – as you go into Westwood). Vendors can pick their spots – first come, first served. Come early because it gets crowded. Balloons and signs will mark the location.
If you have questions, please call the Ashland Area Convention & Visitors Bureau 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 606-329-1007.

Dave Lavender is the author of "Dave Trippin: A Daytripper's Guide to the Appalachian Galaxy of Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia" and is nearly completed with a new travel book, "Mo' Dave Trippin." He covers regional travel. Follow The Herald-Dispatch reporter on Facebook and Twitter @DaveLavenderHD.