Annual Celebration Returns To Paden City
The long weekend of Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, but it brings about an annual celebration in Paden City.
While the 61st event has been scaled back to two days, the schedule is filled with entertainment and opportunities to visit with family and friends.
The event will get underway Sunday with the opening ceremonies on Main Street at 1 p.m., followed by the king and queen contest at 1:30 p.m. The musical entertainment will begin at 3 p.m. with The Branches, followed by The Journeymen at 4:30 p.m. The Journeymen were formed in 1957 in Huntington. Over the years there have been many personnel changes. However, The Journeymen have never compromised their male quartet style or sound. When the group is performing to a musical number you can always expect to share a lot of love and lots of laughter. The night will be capped off with music by Old School at 8 p.m.
Of course the main event for Monday is the Labor Day parade that begins at 1 p.m. Parade lineup starts at the old American Legion Building in the south end of Paden City. All participants should be there no later than 12:30 p.m. It is not too late to register for the parade. If interested, call 304-337-9080 or 304-337-9370.
Prior to the parade there will be an all-you-can-eat breakfast at the Paden City Volunteer Fire Company from 8 a.m. to noon in the fire hall. The menu includes scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage links and patties, pancakes, French toast, sausage gravy, biscuits, fruit salad, toast, coffee, milk, chocolate milk, apple juice, and orange juice. For more information, call the fire hall at 304-337-9289.
Stage entertainment Monday will begin at 2:30 p.m. with Endless Shadows. Next, at 4 p.m., will be Katie Orlofske, an Ohio Valley native who was a local and state winner, as well as a regional finalist in the 2007 Colgate Country Showdown.
Over the past six years Katie has performed at various musical venues/events such as country clubs, theaters, festivals, sporting events, weddings, and area fund raisers. Her audiences are continuously awed by her awesome ability to connect with them. There is no doubt that audiences everywhere will continue to be entertained by this vibrant, exciting, and extremely talented young lady with the huge voice.
One-A-Chord will follow at 6 p.m. and headline act, DeWayne Spaw, returning by popular demand, will finish out the event by taking the stage Monday at 8 p.m. In 1998, while at a local rodeo, Spaw got the idea of asking the stock contractor if he could perform for the crowd while they waited for the event to start. After hearing Spaw’s CD, the contractor gladly agreed and a nine-year career had begun. From that point on, he started booking his act at professional rodeos, bull ridings, fairs, and festivals. Since then he has played an average of 40-60 shows a summer and has been performing full time since 2000. “I have finally found a niche that no one else is doing and it has created a great way to make a living while pursuing my recording career,” said Spaw.
In addition to the great entertainment, there will be Bingo, vendors, door prizes, inflatable attractions and games children, and food including a fish fry by the PCVFC beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday and 2 p.m. Monday.
The events will be held on Main Street and all entertainment and parking is free, so enjoy Labor Day in Paden City.