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Communities Plan July 4th Celebrations

By Staff | Jun 29, 2016

Photo Provided Uncle Sam is guaranteed to make an appearance at Arts in the Park, held at New Martinsville’s Bruce Park on July 4.

Several of Wetzel County’s communities have plans to celebrate Independence Day this weekend. From the riverfront communities to the hills of Hundred, there is something for everyone.

New Martinsville – July 2

Wetzel County Museums will be hosting an Independence Day celebration Saturday, July 2 beginning at 5 p.m. in downtown New Martinsville. The events of the day will include live music, bound castles, and crafts.

Residents are also encouraged to bring their kayaks and canoes and meet at The Marina at noon for a float day.

Call 304-398-4910 for additional information.

Hundred – July 2

Hundred’s Independence Day celebration starts with check-in for the town’s annual parade at 8:30 a.m. Those who wish to place an entry in the parade are encouraged to contact Amber Hostutler, 304-775-2688; Brittany Varner, 304-775-1765; Lisa Bock, 304-775-7431, or Chip Goff at 304-775-2130.

The parade will start at Hundred High School at 11 a.m., ending at Hundred Ball Field. This year’s grand marshals are Barb Brasher and Marilyn Thomas.

Special guest DJ Kirby will be playing music for the festivities, and entries for the parade will be announced at the caution light.

At 11:50 a.m. the American Legion Post #120 Legionnaires will conduct the flag raising. The HHS band will follow with the National Anthem. Mark Poe will offer opening prayer at 12:05 p.m.

Following opening ceremonies, a car show will be held in the field next to the football school board. If the field is muddy, the area in front of Hundred’s swimming pool will be reserved. Entry fee is $5, and trophies will be given to the top five entries and Best of Show. Trophies are decided by the entries of the car.

The Little Mister and Miss Liberty pageants, along with the Cutest Little Puppy Contest will be held from 12:10-1:10 p.m., approximately, followed by music performed by Cody Western at 1:15 p.m. The always-popular “Virgil’s Games” will take place from 1-2:30 p.m. A horseshow pitching contest will be held at 2 p.m., followed by a basketball shooting contest at 2:30 p.m. A corn hole tournament will be held at 5 p.m. ($2 entry fee)

The Candids will offer up entertainment from 2:25-2:55 p.m., followed by music by Garrett Saurborn at 3:05 p.m.

A log sawing contest will take place at 3 p.m., followed by lawn mower races at 4 p.m. Those participating in the latter are reminded to wear a helmet.

Chains on tires are prohibited, and the tractor must have a deck. Also, those participating in the lawn mower races must ride their tractors to the parade, as there is no room at the field for trucks and other hauling equipment.

Classes in the lawn mower races are as follows: Class One, up to 15 HP; and Class Two, 15HP and up.

KK Miller will offer musical entertainment at 4:15 p.m., followed by Hundred Miles From Nowhere at 5:10 p.m. The popular musical group will entertain leading up to the annual fireworks display.

Other activities during the day include: cow patty bingo, 50/50, apple pie contest, and flying chicken contest.

To set up a food stand, please call Joe or Jo Ann Seckman at 304-775-5061. Cost is $10.

All other vendors are to call Amber Hostutler at 304-775-2686. Cost is $10.

Pine Grove – July 3

The Town of Pine Grove will light up the sky Sunday, July 3 as fireworks will be set off at approximately 9 p.m.

There is plenty to entertain everyone from 11 a.m. on, as events are planned for the whole day. The celebration will include concession stands, games, slides, and inflatables.

There will also be a dunking booth.

The festivities will include vendors, and more.

New Martinsville – July 4

The tradition of Arts in the Park on July 4 will continue in 2016 at Bruce Park in New Martinsville. The Monday festivities will last from 1-4 p.m. under the sponsorship of the New Martinsville Parks and Recreation Commission, the Monroe Arts Council, and ArtsLink.

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

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

The Sarah Hays Band 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 by the Magnolia High School Band Boosters. Balloon artist Miranda Rogers of BalloonOvations will thrill young and old alike with her free, twisted balloon creations. 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.