A wild, wonderful weekend
HUNTINGTON -- If everybody is working for the weekend, then this is a weekend worth working for -- it's Labor Day weekend.
And have we got a wild and wonderful weekend for you.
From Huntington's first Color Run and Marshall University's first home football game to a slew of cool music festivals and other events, it's a great time to get out, take a bit of a breather and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Blues, BBQ and Big Dippers, oh, yes
Camden Park revs up for a big Labor Day Weekend with three nights of nationally traveling bands and two nights of fireworks.
On Saturday night, Aug. 31, Grammy nominated and critically acclaimed Americana artist Paul Burch and the WPA Ballclub is playing with fireworks to follow. Burch is stacking up lots of acclaim for his tribute to Buddy Holly called, "Words of Love," and has had songs on such shows as "True Blood," and has worked with such artists as Mark Knopfler.
On Sunday, it's another soulful Americana band from Nashville, Humming House and fireworks to follow. Their music has been featured on CMT Pure and they've been on the bill at the Americana Music Festival and Bristol's Rhythm and Roots Fest.
On Monday, Labor Day, it's the Virginia old-time band Black Twig Pickers firing up the stage by the midway.
Camden Park has 26 rides and attractions including the Swan Lake paddleboats, the 18-hole W.Va. Adventure Mini-golf, a full-service café, shops, games and concessions.
For more information or to make a group reservation, visit the website www.camdenpark.com or call 1-866-8CAMDEN.
The Color Run
Last year, The Color Run visited more than 50 cities with more than 600,000 runners and this year plans are for more than a million runners at more than 100 new events.
Huntington's first Color Run is set for 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at Pullman Square and Harris Riverfront Park. With no winners or official times, The Color Run celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality, bringing the community together to create a five-kilometer canvas of colorful fun in which thousands of participants are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer. Go online at www.thecolorrun.com for more info about the for-profit race, which also raises money for the Global Poverty Project. The Color Run will also be working with a local charity. Their Huntington charity partner is Power of the Purse.
A 'Cave-In Movie'
A Labor Day weekend at Carter Caves State Resort Park in Olive Hill, Ky., is always a good call as they've got everything from a swimming pool and golfing to horseback riding, camping and hiking. Top all that outdoors fun off with the monthly Cave-In Movie at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31 at Cascade Cave.
Christian Bale's dark and stormy Batman flies into the cave as "Dark Knight Rises," (PG-13, 165-minutes) is the Cave-In Movie. Cost is $5. Tickets available 15 minutes before the show. Call 1-800-325-0059.
The Hag in downtown Catlettsburg
A Labor Day isn't a Labor Day without country music roaring through the heart of downtown Catlettsburg, Ky.
The late, great George Jones filled that slot from 1999 until just a couple years ago when his health became to frail for travel.
That torch is passed to Country Music Hall of Famer Merle Haggard, who will put on a free show at 9 p.m. Monday. George's presence will still be felt as The Jones Boys open the show, along with Brittany Allyn.
There's a full plate of Labor Day festivities in Catlettsburg, running Thursday through Monday. Enjoy a historical hayride on Friday, a 5K run, a frolic in the park, and family movie night on Saturday, a church service on Sunday and at 10 a.m. Monday the grand parade, followed by courthouse music at 11 a.m.
For more info, check out the Catlettsburg Labor Day Celebration Facebook page.
One of the region's oldest river fests, Portsmouth's River Days rolls Thursday through Monday, Aug. 29 through Sept. 2 with a slew of national acts and events. Come on out on Thursday for the Little/Tiny/Junior Miss Pageant and Steve Free, City Heat and Phil Dirt & the Dozers. On Friday night, it's the Ricer Equipment Pedal Tractor Pulls, Ryan Mowery, Rose Mountain Ramblers, The Whipps and at 9:30 p.m., the Grammy Award-winning headliners, the Kentucky Headhunters.
On Saturday, there's the epic, grand parade at 11 a.m., as well as the 50th Miss River Days Pageant. Music that night is by Larry Whitt & Blue-Eyed Soul, Terry Hall & the Dave Morrison Band and at 9:30 p.m., headliner Restless Heart. Sunday has Kiwanis kid's activities in York Park presented by Girl Scouts of America, there's Contemporary Christian Music from 2 to 5 p.m., followed by Bobby Blanton, Doc Roc and Cook & Belle right before the SOMC Fireworks Extravaganza at 10 p.m.
Things wind down Monday with a car show on Second Street. Go online at www.portsmouthriverdays.org for more info, and be sure and check out many of the places in Portsmouth's historic Boneyfiddle area including the Portsmouth Brewing Company, the floodwall murals, and Port City Pub and Cafe, which has nightly live music.
Some Hatfields and McCoys Geocaching
Take a Labor Day road trip to feudin' country, as Labor Day weekend will mark the 2nd Annual Hatfield-McCoy GeoTrail Event in Pike County and neighboring West Virginia.
This commemoration of the historic feud and all things geocaching starts Friday evening, Aug. 30, with the popular Stolen Pig Roast. Interest in the Hatfield and McCoy feud has significantly increased over the last two years, in large part due to the popular miniseries by the History Channel. Last year, geocachers from several states descended on eastern Kentucky and West Virginia to take part in this unique event.
To learn more about the Hatfield and McCoy GeoTrail, special event or how to begin geocaching, visit www.hatfieldmccoygeotrail.com.
Rafting with a main course of music
Putnam County-based festival goers and musicians Scott and Nellie Coffman host the second annual Phamily Reunion, a three-day music festival set for Labor Day weekend at Cantrell's Ultimate Rafting in Fayetteville, W.Va. Set to run, Friday, Aug. 31 through Monday, Sept. 2, the Phamily Reunion 2013 features a diverse lineup of live acts from West Virginia and beyond.
On the bill for the weekend is (host band) Hillbilly Carnival, Qiet, 600 Lbs of Sin, Beggers Clan, Information, Fletchers Grove, Fiery Deep, Blistered Nifkin, Alex Faulkner, BRATCAMB, Sly Roosevelt, Another Roadside Attraction, Red Lights and HoboClay.com .
In addition to three days of live music, there will also be specials on whitewater trips and activities including: Laughter Yoga, a Kids Parade, an Old Time Picking Circle, a Band Scramble and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, a Phamily Pot Luck Dinner.
The three-day festival and camping pass is $50 (through Aug. 29), a one -day pass is $30, a kids three-day pass is $20, a one-day kids pass is $15 and a vendor's pass is $150.
For tickets, go online at http://event.attendstar.com/event/show/our-phamily-reunion/ and check out more about whitewater rafting trips at http://www.cantrellultimaterafting.com. The phone number for Cantrell's is 304-663-2762.