Labor Day Celebration Begins Friday
The annual Paden City Labor Day Celebration will continue to be a four-day affair, keeping with the extra day format adopted last year.
The event will open Friday with a ceremony at 6 p.m., then at 6:15 p.m. Pete Lauderman will take the stage, followed by Monkey Farm at 8 p.m. Around for over 10 years, Monkey Farm offers a broad mix of music from the last five decades-oldies, rap, pop, country, and rock. All of the members have their own musical tastes that they mesh together when learning originals or crafting cover songs. They also have some original songs they like to mix in too.
Barbara Lynn And The Silver Eagle Band will kick off Saturday’s entertainment on the Main Street stage at 12:30 p.m. Made up entirely of family members, they work together as a unit, creating the best sound the band has ever had in its 25-year quest for a great show of country and gospel music. The group now consists of Kerry, Barbara’s husband, on bass guitar; Brian, Barbara’s son, on drums; Brian’s wife, Brooke, sings and plays the piano; Melissa, Barbara’s daughter, plays keys, guitar, and writes many of the songs she sings on stage. Melissa is also the band leader and music arranger. John, Melissa’s husband, is the group’s lead guitarist. The girls sing a nice three-part harmony in the show and they are hit the stage with music from many artists including Carrie Underwood, Patty Loveless, Dolly Parton, and The Wreckers.
Also, at 4 p.m. that day The Battle Weary Band will perform mid-19th Century American Civil War Era music. The band consists of Emily Irizarry, Mandi Smith, Fawn Price, John Michael Shreve, Bill Henthorn, and Dan Henthorn.
The regionally popular Davisson Brothers Band will cap Saturday’s entertainment beginning at 8 p.m.
The Davisson Brothers Band has a unique style infusing a remarkable blend of country, southern rock, and bluegrass to create a distinctive sound captured in their first single, “Big City Hillbilly.” This sound, combined with the band’s talent and energy, has gained a loyal fan base all over the Eastern United States.
A Christian theme is predominant in Sunday’s stage lineup as John Ice kicks things off at 1 p.m.; Shelly Champion at 2 p.m.; and The Branches take the stage at 3:30 p.m. Mike Tallman, Chris Tallman, And Friends will offer their music at 5:30 p.m. and Michael Parsons and Friends will end the night’s lineup beginning at 8 p.m.
Parsons has entertained throughout the Ohio Valley for 45 years with stopovers in Nashville, Florida, and anywhere a wandering troubadour is welcome. This fall, Parsons will tour with Roguie Ray LaMontaigne, father of famous singer Ray LaMontaigne, and Don “Poobah” Mealer. Also a songwriter, he has written many songs including “It’s Too Late” and “Cheatum County.”
Of course the big event on Monday is the parade up state Route 2 at 1 p.m. The line up is at the south end of Paden City, beginning at noon. Anyone wanting to participate or ask questions, can call 304-771-1574 or 304-771-3925.
After the parade The Journeymen will perform at 2 p.m. In a day and time when “traditional” may not be viewed as the in thing, The Journeymen have been singing southern Gospel music for 53 years and have kept that standard.
From their beginnings gathered around a family piano in the fall of 1957, The Journeymen have watched in amazement as God grew their ministry, this solid traditional southern Gospel music style has formed the foundation of every song the group has chosen to sing and the audiences have loved it. Over the years there have been many personnel changes. However, The Journeymen have never compromised their male quartet style or sound.
Regional favorite Days Later will take the stage at 4 p.m. The local band performs classic rock and country music. The band is made up of Barb Cecil, Scott Bowers, Steve Wetzel, Mark Birkheimer, and Jamie and Lee Ann Stewart, and Brandon Howell. Also, Bryan Wickes runs sound and Cora Bowers does the group’s lighting.
Perennial favorite Dewayne Spaw will close the weekend’s events beginning at 8 p.m. Spaw has played his country music several times in Paden City, particularly thrilling those along the parade route as he sings his way up state Route 2 from the top of his tour trailer.
From rural Indiana, Spaw grew up with country music, the only kind of radio station his dad, a coal miner, would allow on his Jeep’s radio. He truly enjoys performing and has found his niche playing at fairs, rodeos, and festivals, preferring the family atmosphere to the club atmosphere where many times music is nothing more than background noise.
More than just entertainment, the Paden City Labor Day Celebration will once again include Thomas Family Amusements with their traditional rides and concessions. Wristbands may be purchased for unlimited rides or tickets for individual rides can be bought. There will also be some games by local organizations such as the fish pond, dime pitch, and dunking booth, as well as crafts and Bingo.
The Paden City Volunteer Fire Company Women’s Auxiliary will sponsor fish fries at the fire hall on Sunday, 1-6 p.m., and Monday, 2-6 p.m. The menu includes fish sandwiches, french fries, baked beans, cole slaw, and deserts. For more information, call 304-337-9289.
Also, the PCVFC will sponsor an all-you-can-eat breakfast for $6 at the fire hall Monday from 8 a.m. until noon. 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.
The PCVFC’s concession trailer will be open throughout the long weekend serving up their perennial favorites like corn dogs, funnel cakes, and sno cones.
The American Legion Auxiliary, Paden City Unit 86, will have a food booth all weekend. Their menu is as follows: Friday, soupbeans and ham, chili, and corn muffins; Saturday and Monday, homemade noodles and chicken; and Saturday, barbecue pork; every day, hot dogs, nacho and cheese, and desserts.
Various crafters and vendors will be set up in the eastern portion of the PCVFC. Those confirmed to be there are Thirty-one, Denise Neff; Tam’s Gifts; Ruffles and Roses, Marilyn Carroll; Linda Goddard; Faith Blake; Maxine Potts; AirEvac; and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 86’s informational booth.