Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 20, 2014

Crowds celebrate first day of Cole Chevy Mountain Festival

BLUEFIELD —  Screams of joy could be heard throughout Lotito Park as people rode carnival rides on the first day of the Cole Chevy Mountain Festival.

A large crowd was out enjoying a beautiful evening with family and friends as they rode rides and enjoyed a funnel cake.

Kara Smith, of Bluefield, said she and her husband had been coming every year since they have had children.

“It just gets them out to give them something to do and the weather is beautiful this evening,” Smith said.

Ella Bailey, 3, and Kaitlyn Artrip, 3, both of Princeton, laughed as they rode around on a purple dragon ride.

Joy Meadows, of Bluefield, said she has been coming with her family ever since she was a child.

“Now I’m coming with my children and grandchildren. We are just out spending family time together and enjoying the evening,” Meadows said.

The first night of the festival also included a horse performance by Lisa Dufresne and her 12 equine partners.

The horse performance included acts by an Arabian, Friesian and mini horses.

Other events coming up include the Daily Telegraph's Chicory Square Concert series as well as the Christian concert Wednesday and the U.S. Air Force Heritage concert also sponsored by the Daily Telegraph Thursday.

A Beach Party Night with The Castaways — sponsored by the Bluefield Area Shag Society — will be held Saturday from 8 to 11:30 p.m. at the city auditorium in Bluefield as part of the Cole Chevy Mountain Festival. Tickets are still available at the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce and New Graham Pharmacy.

— Contact Anne Elgin at

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