Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 9, 2014

Historic wedding of the two Bluefields: Celebration of historic event set for weekend

BLUEFIELD — A two-day celebration marking the 90th anniversary of the historic wedding of the two Bluefields gets underway Friday and continues all-day Saturday.

“When we were first (elected) in office, we met with the town council of Bluefield, Va., and wanted to find a project we could do jointly,” Ellen Light, a member of the Bluefield Board of Directors, said Tuesday. “It has been a most pleasant experience for everyone involved.”

The first joint project idea the city board and town council came up with was a renewal of the wedding vows of the two Bluefields. The celebration marking the 90th anniversary of the July 12, 1924, event gets underway Friday night at Bowen Field where the prospective bride and groom for Saturday’s all-day celebration — Stephanie Muncy, 22, of Nemours, and Cody Woodall, 23, of Bluefield, Va. — will throw out the first pitch for the Bluefield Blue Jays. A fireworks celebration at Bowen Field will follow the game to mark the historic occasion.

Festivities then get underway at noon Saturday at city park and continue well into the night. Activities will include inflatables for children, free rides on the Ridge Runner, various food and craft vendors, all day musical performances and finally the actual public wedding between Muncy and Woodall at city park.

Musical performances throughout the day Saturday will include country music singer and Nashville recording artist Kaitlyn Baker, who lives in Pound,, Va., and recently released her debut single “Burn,” which will be on an upcoming album from Silvercreek Records in Nashville. Baker also recently taped an episode of the nationally syndicated TV series “Song of the Mountains”, and she will open for country singer Travis Tritt in Albany, Ga. on July 18.

Other musical performers will include Clinton Collins and the Creek Boys, the Beach Nite Band and the Santa Cruz Band. Admission to the celebration is free and a trolley will be available to transport citizens to city park.

“There will be music well into the evening,” Light said. “It will be quite a fun night for all ages.”

The historic “Marriage of the Bluefields” occurred on July 12, 1924. A crowd estimated at more than 10,000 gathered at the old Bluefield fairgrounds at the time to celebrate what was billed as “Greater Bluefield Day.”

The celebration culminated with the town of Graham, Va., formally changing its name to Bluefield, Va. — hence the official joining and “wedding” of the two Bluefields.

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