Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 20, 2014

Fun in the mountains: Cole Chevy Mountain Festival underway

— — The 2014 edition of the Cole Chevy Mountain Festival — a proud tradition in our region for more than 31 years — is now underway with a full slate of activities planned throughout the long holiday weekend.

The festival opens today at 4 p.m. with the James H. Drew Carnival at city park. The new “Horses, Horses, Horses” exhibit gets underway at 7 p.m., and the Miss Cole Chevy Mountain Festival Pageant will be held at 7:30 p.m. this evening. And this is just day one of seven days of festival fun in the two Bluefields.

Several concerts also will be held at this year’s festival, including a “Crank It Up” Christian concert on Wednesday. On Thursday, the United States Air Force Heritage Band will perform in a concert sponsored by the Daily Telegraph at the Bluefield Auditorium. Admission to the United States Air Force Heritage Band is free. It is our hope that everyone will attend this free patriotic celebration.

Festival activities kick into full gear on Friday with the opening of the 24th season of the Daily Telegraph’s popular Chicory Square Concert Series. The free Friday concert series brings local musicians, dance troupes, high school bands and other performers to Bluefield’s downtown for an hour-long show starting at noon each Friday through the summer. And later Friday evening, a Beach Party Night will be held with a concert by The Castaways at the city auditorium.

Other activities throughout the long-holiday weekend include the return of the popular Eudora Farms petting zoo; the return of the Marvelous Mutts; the return of Rocket It the Robot; Ridge Runner train rides throughout the weekend; a gymnastic performance, professional wrestling; a magic show; fireworks and much, much more.

There will be no shortage of fun and games for those of all ages. We encourage all residents across the region and beyond to come out to the midway this week and enjoy the events.

In fact, we can’t think of a better way to spend the Memorial Day weekend than right here in the two Bluefields.

As in year’s past, thousands are once again expected to descend upon the midway this week. Each visitor — whether they are coming from another state or simply a neighboring county — is welcomed. These guests will be spending money in local restaurants, convenience stores, departments stores and malls. That’s new revenue coming into our region, and a great tourism boost for Bluefield and Bluefield, Va.

Given the full schedule of festival activities, there is no reason for anyone to leave town this weekend. Save money. Save gas. Enjoy a fun-filled week in the mountains of southern West Virginia and Southwest Virginia.

The wait is over. It’s time to usher in the long-awaited summer of 2014 with the Cole Chevy Mountain Festival.

Enjoy!

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