Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 3, 2013

Region gears up to celebrate nation’s independence

POCAHONTAS, Va. — Independence Day festivities will get underway today across the region with music, food and fireworks set to celebrate the Fourth of July.

The community fireworks display on Peel Chestnut Mountain in Pocahontas, Va. is set for this evening 6 p.m. with fireworks at dark. Visitors can come and enjoy live gospel and bluegrass music, food, hayrides, and family fun. No alcohol is allowed.

The Princeton Rescue Squad, Princeton Mercer County Chamber of Commerce, and city of Princeton will be co-sponsoring a city Fourth of July celebration at Hunnicut Stadium for free admission. The event will last from 9 a.m. until dark with a car show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and musical performances at 2 p.m. featuring Transit Times, Thomas Taylor and the Highrize Band, Taylor Made, Adam Tucker, and Rick K and the Allnighters. Fireworks will follow the musical performances.

The Jungle Lagoon Pet and Supply store in Princeton will be holding a celebration featuring local pets and their owners. Events will get underway at 10 a.m. with a hamster race at 11 a.m., a turtle race at 12:30 p.m., a guinea pig race at 1:30 p.m., and a fun dog show at 3:30 p.m. featuring categories including smallest, best costume, largest, ugliest, best trick, and dog and owner look-a-like. All activities are free.

The Crab Orchard Museum in Tazewell, Va. will hold an old-fashioned Fourth of July on Independence Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kids games will also take place including ice cream and watermelon eating, bubble gum blowing, seed spitting, stick horse racing and sack racing. There will also be a Kid’s Craft Trail featuring beaded bracelets, face painting and cat tail ducks. Grown-ups may try their hand at crosscut sawing.

Events will include costumed interpreters, blacksmithing, woodworking, spinning, apple butter making, basket weaving, butter making, pioneer, laundry, candle dipping, earth oven baking and live music by Jeff Brown and Still Lonesome, the Bluegrass Kinsmen and the Tower Street String Band.

At 2 p.m., the museum will be joining the nation in a countrywide bell ringing celebration and encourages visitors bring their own bills. At 3 p.m., the museum will host the annual reenactment between colonial militia patriots, British loyalists and local Indians. Concessions including kettle corn and drinks will also be available throughout the day.

The town of Pocahontas, Va. will also be hosting a free community fireworks display beginning at dusk and lasting until 10 p.m. Prior to the fireworks display, the town will be selling hot dogs, nachos, as well as hosting a bake sale.

The Bluefield Blue Jays will also host a fireworks display at Bowen Field in Bluefield as they play the Elizabethton Twins. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. and fireworks will follow the game.

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