Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

May 23, 2013

Carnival kicks off second day of fun

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — Feeding exotic animals and choosing which carnival ride to try next were on many agendas Wednesday as the Cole Chevy Mountain Festival entered its second day.

Entertainment near Lotito Park in Bluefield continues until Sunday.

“We had a good evening despite some late rain,” Marc Meachum, president of the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce said of the festival’s opening day.

Day two was looking good, too.

 “People seem to enjoy being back at the carnival for the first time in a year,” Meachum said. “There are ride specials through Thursday, and more over the weekend. The carnival is full and open, and the vendors are out.”

The James H. Drew Carnival opens at 4 p.m. today. Other events today include the Bluefield, Va., Lions Club Pot of Gold Fundraising Dinner. People interested in attending can call 304-920-1071. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Festival events Friday include the Bluefield Daily Telegraph concert from noon to 1 p.m. at Chicory Square in downtown Bluefield. The Bluefield Middle School Band will be performing, and Miss Cole Chevy Mountain Festival Queen Torri Bradshaw is scheduled to appear.

Another Friday event, the Beach Party with the Fantastic Shakers, starts at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. at the Bluefield Auditorium, and general admission is $15.

Near the midway, a family was leaving Eudora Farms, an exhibition featuring a camel, zebra, an African porcupine and other animals. Pastor Johnathan Frazier of the Revolution Tabernacle in Princeton said coming to the festival was a chance for family time.

“My daughter calls it the summer carnival,” he said.

The children cleaned up at a washing station set up outside the tent. Six-year-old Candra had to think a moment before naming her favorite animal.

“I think that one,” she said, pointing to a small Scottish Highland cow. “I like the rides and the roller coaster.”

In the midway, Heather Richardson of Bluefield, Va., pointed out her son, J.J. when she was asked why she liked visiting the festival.

“I like all the rides I’ve been on!” J.J. yelled over the rides and cheering riders. “It’s been fun!”

A Memorial Day ceremony will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Chicory Square.

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