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By Staff | Jul 1, 2009

Fireworks such as these will be the exclamation mark on the Fourth of July events in Pine Grove and Hundred.

Nearly two dozen local artists and craftsmen will be on hand Saturday to demonstrate their skills to all who attend the annual Arts in the Park celebration at Bruce Park in New Martinsville. This event, sponsored by ArtsLink, the Monroe Artists Guild, and the New Martinsville Parks and Recreation Department, will begin at 1 p.m. and conclude at 5 p.m. Visitors can expect to see oil, water, and acrylic painting; engraving; quilting; fiber arts; marbleizing; jewelry making; basket making; and a variety of needlework projects exhibited. Many artists who have participated previously will be returning and several new individuals will share their skills this year.

Musical entertainment will be provided, Uncle Sam will be on hand to greet one and all, the Wayward Players will present Readers Theater performances throughout the afternoon, and games and face painting will be available as well.

Free Cokes and ice cream will be offered, courtesy of the NM Parks and Recreation Department and Coca Cola, and the New Martinsville Lions Club will be selling a variety of food items.

Everyone is encouraged to include a stop by the park as part of their celebration of America’s birthday.

ArtsLink is committed to providing universal accessibility wherever possible. Persons with special needs may contact 304-455-2278 to request assistance. Questions concerning Arts in the Park can be directed to Barbara Vincent at 304-652-2939.

Linda Neff of New Martinsville sells her handmade baskets and other decorative items at last year’s Arts in the Park.

Pine Grove

The town of Pine Grove will celebrate Independence Day Saturday in Bill Earley Park by the Byrd Center.

The celebration will begin at 11 a.m. with a flag raising ceremony. Then at 11:15 p.m. old United States flags will be given a proper retirement in a flag burning ceremony.

Stage entertainment is headlined by The Mix featuring Casey Powell, a singer who made it to the Hollywood round of 2002 American Idol. She will perform from 7-9:30 p.m. Earlier in the day the Rockin Country Band will play from noon to 2 p.m. and Hundred Miles From Nowhere will offer their music from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Bingo will begin at 4 p.m., infatables for kids will offer fun beginning at 4:30 p.m., and horseshoe will ring the post beginning at 6 p.m.

Other entertainment will be a dunking booth, duck races, woodcarving show, dime pitch, concessions, door prizes every hour, radio remote, and, at 6 p.m., the hot dog eating contest.

Of course the grand finale will be a beautiful fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.


Hundred’s Fourth of July activities will start on Saturday with the parade line up starting at 9:30 a.m. at Hundred High School. The parade will start at 10 a.m. and end at the ball park.

Right after the parade, children’s games will start at the ball park.

There will be turtle racing, a softball toss, and much more. There will be a hot dog eating contest with the winner receiving $50. Also, there will be inflatable rides by H & H Enterprises for the children.

A horseshoe pitching contest will also be happening with sign ups at 12:30 p.m. There is an entry fee of $10.

There will be live entertainment with Kayla Kuhn Smith and the SI Connections at the ball park after the children’s games.

Fireworks will start at dusk. Rain date will be July 5.

For more information, please contact Scott Hixenbaugh by e-mail at “mailto:fsh@frontiernet.net”>fsh@frontiernet.net.