By BETH HENRY-VANCE
COALTON, W.Va. — As an annual small-town celebration of family and friends, Coalton Days has a lot to offer.
With musical entertainment set for Friday and a host of events scheduled all day Saturday, the 23rd annual Coalton Days provides a great opportunity to visit with friends and relatives, said Coalton Mayor Jim Rossi.
The celebration began as a homecoming of sorts, with many families planning summer vacations and spending time together, Rossi said.
“Coalton Days is a fun time for all,” he added. “It’s a good time, and it showcases our small, rural town.”
He said the best part is that Coalton Days offers good family fun for all ages, and he hopes it continues to maintain its family atmosphere.
The theme for this year’s celebration is Footloose, and events began Tuesday with the Sunday Best Pageant. Tonight, the Teen Miss Coalton Pageant is set to begin at 7 p.m. today at the Coalton Elementary School’s gymnasium.
On Friday, Gracie Metheny and the Gang will perform beginning at 7 p.m. at Coalton Park.
Saturday’s events are as follows:
7 a.m. — Vince Ross 5K Run registration at Coalton Park
8 a.m. — Vince Ross 5K Run begins
8:30 a.m. — Vince Ross 5K Walk begins
9:15 a.m. — Flag Raising by Post 5583 VFW at Coalton Park
10 a.m. — Concessions and crafts open at the school yard; Registration for Car Show at Coalton Park
11 a.m. — Car Show begins at Coalton Park; Carnival rides for kids and other activities begin; Book Exchange opens at City Hall; Any Minis Horse Show begins at Coalton Park
1:30 p.m. — Parade line-up on Broadway Avenue
2 p.m. — 23rd Annual Coalton Days Parade
4 to 6 p.m. — Chelsea Anderson performance at Coalton Park
7 to 9 p.m. — Michael Bonnett & River’s Edge performance at Coalton Park
More information about Coalton Days is available by calling 304-636-3267.
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