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Wetzel Towns Celebrate Independence

July 2, 2014
Wetzel Chronicle

New Martinsville

The tradition of Arts in the Park on July 4 will continue in 2014 at Bruce Park in New Martinsville.

The Friday festivities will last from 1-5 p.m. under the sponsorship of the New Martinsville Parks & Recreation Commission, the Monroe Arts Council, and ArtsLink.

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Barbara Vincent and Clara Glover, Arts in the Park co-chairs, and Carman Harman as Uncle Sam invite all to Arts in the Park on Friday from 1 until 5 p.m.

Carman Harman, playing Uncle Sam, will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

Arts and crafts demonstrations, along with exhibits by artists and craftsmen from Wetzel and Tyler counties in West Virginia and Monroe County, Ohio, will be featured.

Uncle Eddie and Robin will perform throughout the afternoon. Games for children will be coordinated through the New Martinsville Parks and Recreation Commission, which will also provide free soft drinks and popsicles. Additionally, other food items will be offered for sale. Balloon artist Miranda Rogers of BalloonOvations will thrill young and old alike with her free, twisted balloon creations. Danny Westfall will have his Bubble Wagon moving throughout the park, flaunting his whimsical floating bubbles.

All activities throughout the day are free.

ArtsLink is committed to providing universal accessibility wherever possible. Persons with special needs may contact ArtsLink at 304-455-2278 to request assistance.

The festival is supported in part by the Ohio River Border Initiative, a joint project of the Ohio Arts Council and the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

For further information, please contact Barbara Vincent at 304-652-2939.

Pine Grove

Pine Grove's Fourth of July celebration is slated for Thursday, with festivities beginning as early as 4 p.m. A poker tournament is set to begin at 4 p.m. Interested participants are advised to call 304-904-8810. Inflatables for kids will be set up at 4 p.m., and a chicken dinner is also set to begin at 4 p.m., lasting until 7 p.m.

Festivities will also include a dime pitch, dunking machine, facepainting, wrestling tournament, and the all-important fireworks show. A teen dance will be held after the fireworks, from 10 p.m. until midnight.

Gary Partridge's band, Hollow Point, will provide musical entertainment. Also, plenty of good food, including funnel cakes, will be available.

Those with questions not pertaining to the poker tournament may call 304-889-3351.

Hundred

Hundred's annual Fourth of July festivities are slated for Independence Day itself, beginning with a parade and concluding with fireworks to fill the night sky.

Line up for the parade begins Friday at 3:40 p.m., though participants in the parade are encouraged to be at Hundred High School by 3:15 p.m.

The parade from Hundred High School to Cosgray Field will be followed by the Little Miss and Mr. Liberty Pageant with little contests similar to Minute To Win It between the pageant's age group events.

New this year will be Cow Patty Bingo, will begin at 5 p.m. by the visitor bleachers. A portable corral will be set up by the visitor bleachers. The area will be marked off into squares and people can take chances on a square. The person who holds the ticket for the square where a patty is put down will win half of the proceeds. Bingo square chances are available now at Hundred area businesses. Or, interested participants can contact Rick Kolat for a square. Benefits from Bingo will go to Young Life.

The ever-favorite Virgil's Games will begin following the opening ceremonies, and musical entertainment for the evening will be provided by Hundred MIles From Nowhere.

Other events for the evening also include pony rides, homemade apple pie judging, corn-hole tourney at 6 p.m., and Cinch tourney at 7:30 p.m.

Festivities will close out with a bang when fireworks are set off at dark. Observers are encouraged to bring a chair and blanket so that everyone can enjoy the spectacle together. Patriotic music will also be playing to accompany the show.

Of course there will also be food and more at the field as well. Mark Poe will hold a chicken roast. Usually area churches and non-profit groups have something. Contact Hundred's City Recorder Sherry Hayes at the city building, 304-775-5131, if you want to have a concession or games. Those who wish to set up a food stand or game are advised to pick a spot on the home side of the field.

The Fourth of July celebration at St. Joseph's, located out state Route 89 from Proctor, has been cancelled.

"It is with great regret that we are announcing the end of our July 4 celebrations at St. Joseph's Settlement Church," said a statement from Linda Franklin on behalf of the people of St. Joseph's. "We appreciated your patronage over the many years of our celebrations and all the celebrations we have made. May God Bless all of you."

St. Joseph's

Settlement

The Fourth of July celebration at St. Joseph's, located out state Route 89 from Proctor, has been cancelled.

"It is with great regret that we are announcing the end of our July 4 celebrations at St. Joseph's Settlement Church," said a statement from Linda Franklin on behalf of the people of St. Joseph's. "We appreciated your patronage over the many years of our celebrations and all the celebrations we have made. May God Bless all of you."

 
 
 

 

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