Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Editorials

August 2, 2013

Festival fun

Many events on tap this weekend

— — Looking for something to do this weekend? You won’t have to travel far from home. In fact, the month of August is getting off to a fun-filled start with a multitude of fairs and festivals across the area beginning today.

The Mercer County Fair, Tazewell County Fair, Downtown Street Merchants Festival and Bluefield, Va., Lemonade Day Festival all get underway this afternoon, providing local families a wide variety of entertainment options.

Activities at the Mercer County Fair will include everything from a Civil War play and frying pan throwing contest to a tractor pull and petting zoo. The fair activities are being held on the grounds of PikeView High School. Amusement rides will start at 4 p.m. today and continue all day Saturday, and the Ponderosa Petting Zoo will be open both days. A tractor pull also is scheduled, and dozens of tractors are expected to participate in the competition. A host of musical entertainers also will perform throughout the day.

The Tazewell County Fair also kicks off today and continues through Sunday, Aug. 10. Always a huge gathering, the activities will be held at the county fairgrounds in Tazewell.

Activities this year at the Tazewell County Fair include a larger horse show featuring several new classes, a car show, a truck show, lawnmower and go-cart racing, a draft horse pull, a children’s show, bull racing, a Johnny Cash tribute show, an ATV and lawnmower pull, a figure-eight derby, a Texaco showdown, numerous musical performances and a carnival provided by Casey’s Rides Inc.

Also starting today is the 15th Annual Downtown Street Fair in Bluefield sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association. The street fair activities will be held today from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

A beauty contest and an art walk will help kick off the street fair today, followed by a performance by Randy Lamb’s Dance Theater as part of the Daily Telegraph’s weekly Downtown Chicory Square Concert Series. That will be followed by the second annual Miss Downtown Merchants Contest, a “Name that Tune” contest and a performance by Doc Greenberg’s Patient Jazz from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The activities will continue Saturday with a classic car show, a charity auction to benefit the Wade Center and the return of the Great American Downhill Derby Race with two different competitions for ages 6 to 10 and 13 and older.

Finally, the Virginia-side edition of the Lemonade Day Festival gets underway today in Bluefield, Va.., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The festival is sponsored by the town of Bluefield, Va., and will feature music, fun and plenty of lemonade stands across the town. Children will be selling the lemonade this year for 25 cents a cup. All funds raised will go to a charity of the child’s choice. A variety of musical performances also will be held throughout the day, along with sidewalk sales and special discounts offered by downtown merchants.

In a change from past years, Lemonade Days will not be celebrated this weekend by the city of Bluefield — just in the town of Bluefield, Va.. The city of Bluefield is instead working in conjunction with the Bluefield Preservation Society to hold a Lemonade Festival on Saturday, Aug. 31. So we can expect more fun later this month centered around the city’s timeworn tradition of serving free lemonade when the mercury climbs above 90 degrees.

Summer may be slowly waning, but the fun across the region is just starting to heat up. Enjoy all of the activities this weekend.

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