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Festivals and events

Apr. 16, 2013 @ 04:11 PM

Here's a look at the many annual fairs, festivals and events that occur in the Tri-State in the next few months. For up-to-date listings on performances and events, times and dates, check out Weekend, available every Thursday in The Herald-Dispatch. Or, check out our online calendar.

MAY

Jomie Jazz Guest Artist Series, 8 p.m. May 2, Jomie Jazz Forum at Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center, 1700 block of 5th Avenue, Huntington. Featuring Guy Remonko, drums. Call 304-696-ARTS.

The Price is Right, LIVE, 8 p.m. May 3, Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center, 4th Avenue, Huntington. The Price Is Right Live! is the hit interactive stage show that gives contestants pulled right from the audience the chance to "Come On Down" to win appliances, vacations and even new cars by playing classic games from television's longest running and most popular game show. Tickets, Big Sandy Superstore Box Office, www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets by calling 800-745-3000. http://priceisrightlive.com/.

Downtown Live car show, May 3, Downtown Ashland, Ky. $5 registration. Call 606-327-6131.

Country Music Highway Road to Fame Qualifying Round, 6-9 p.m. May 3, Eastern Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville, Ky. Road to Fame is a program developed to highlight the wealth of talent offered by artists from along the famous Country Music Highway, U.S. 23. Tickets are $12 and $15.

Civil War Reenactment, May 3-5, Mountain HomePlace in Staffordsville, Ky. Commemorating the Battle of Hager’s Farm. For more information, please call Greg Swartz 606-265-5278 or the Mountain HomePlace at 606-297-1850.

Country Music Highway Road to Fame Qualifying Round, 6-9 p.m. May 4 at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg, Ky. Road to Fame is a program developed to highlight the wealth of talent offered by artists from along the famous Country Music Highway, U.S. 23. Tickets are $12 and $15.

Spring Festival, May 4, at the 500-acre Heritage Farm Museum and Village at 3300 Harvey Road, Huntington. Visitors are encouraged to tour several facilities, including the general store, farm museum, log church, one-room school, transportation building, progress building, steam tractor display and blacksmith shop. Call 304-522-1244 or go to www.heritagefarmmuseum.com.

Hunger Run to benefit River Cities Harvest, May 4, Community Park, Raceland, Ky. Call 606-324-3663.

Spring Gas and Steam Engine Show, May 4-5, at the West Virginia State Farm Museum  across from the Mason County Fairgrounds. Display of small engines, sawmill demos and more. Antique tractor pull at 1 p.m. Saturday only. Entertainment both days. Country kitchen open. Church service 9 a.m. Sunday, gospel sing 1:30 p.m. Free admission. Call 304-675-5737. www.wvfarmmuseum.org.

Smoky Bridge High Line Ride, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 4 and 10 a.m.-noon May 5, Carter Caves State Resort Park, 344 Caveland Drive, Olive Hill, Ky. A zip-line over 200 feet long will be stretched across the gorge down behind the lodge. Riders will drop 40 feet in elevation and cruise by the park’s largest natural arch, Smoky Bridge. Tickets $15 per person at the front desk of the lodge or by calling 800-325-0059.

Cornstalk's Raid — 250th commemoration History Alive! — Kanawha State Forest, 10 a.m.-3 -p.m. May 4, Kanawha State Forest, 7500 Kanawha State Forest Drive, Charleston, W.Va. Commemorating the 250th anniversary of Shawnee Warrior Cornstalk’s raid on the western Virginia Euro-American settlements in the Trans-Allegheny region. 1-800-CALL WVA; www.kanawhastateforest.com/events.html.

Carrie Underwood: The Blown Away Tour, May 8, Charleston Civic Center, 200 Civic Center Drive, Charleston. Call 304-345-1500. Tickets, visit any Ticketmaster location or www.ticketmaster.com.

Woody Hawley Concert Series: Peter Yarrow, 7:30 p.m. May 11, Clay Center for the Performing Arts, One Clay Square, Charleston. Call 304-561-3570.

Buffalo Heritage Days, May 10-11, Buffalo, W.Va. Held on the Buffalo Academy Grounds from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Free admission. Demonstrations of 1800s-era activities such as candle making, blacksmithing, woodworking and more. Call 304-937-2755.

Muscle on Main, May 10-11, Pikeville, Ky. Block party 6 p.m. Friday. Cruise-in begins at 3 p.m. Saturday; Burnout Show at 7 p.m. Saturday. Hosted by City Tire and Auto. Contact Jesse Bowling/Director of City Tourism, jbowling@pikevillecity.com, 606-424-6203.

St. Albans Founders' Day on Olde Main Plaza, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 11, St. Albans, W.Va. Sponsored by the St. Albans Historical Society and the Founders' Day Committee. Call 304 395-0155 or visit http://stalbanshistory.com/Founders_Day.html.

Country Music Highway Road to Fame Qualifying Round, 6-9 p.m. May 11 at the SIPP in Paintsville, Ky.  Road to Fame is a program developed to highlight the wealth of talent offered by artists from along the famous Country Music Highway, U.S. 23. Tickets are $12 and $15.

Country Music Highway Road to Fame Qualifying Round, 2-6 p.m. May 12 at Paramount Arts Center, Ashland, Ky. Road to Fame is a program developed to highlight the wealth of talent offered by artists from along the famous Country Music Highway, U.S. 23. Road to Fame, Registration one hour prior to start time. Call 606-329-1007.

Comedian Lewis Black at the Clay Center, 7:30 p.m. May 15, One Clay Square, Charleston. Tickets are $35, $45, $55 and $65 and can be purchased online at www.theclaycenter.org, in person at the Clay Center box office or by phone at 304-561-3570.

Larry the Cable Guy & Bill Engvall Live in Concert, 7:30 p.m. May 17, Big Sandy Superstore Arena, Huntington. Tickets, Big Sandy Superstore Box Office,  www.ticketmaster.com, an all Ticketmaster outlets by calling 800-745-3000.

Seige of Fort Randolph, May 17-19, Krodel Park in Point Pleasant, W.Va. Historical re-enactment of the murder of Chief Cornstalk and the ensuing siege of 1778. Seige re-enactment along with re-enactor presentations during tours. Call 304-675-7933 or log onto www.masoncountytourism.org. 

Charlie West Blues Fest, May 17-18, Haddad Riverfront Park, 601 Kanawha Blvd., Charleston. This free festival features Blues, Jazz and Zydeco music, an Arts & Craft Fair as well as a children's play area. Kenny Wayne Shepherd headlines. There will be plenty of food vendors on site. This Festival is Produced by the WV Blues Society, Inc. www.wvbluessociety.org.

Apple Blossom Festival, May 17-18, Elkhorn City, Pike County, Ky. Enjoy live entertainment, food vendors, music and more! More info or vendor space call 606-754-5080.

Vesuvius Kids Fishing Derby, May 18, Lake Vesuvius in the Wayne National Forest, Ironton, Ohio. For kids ages 2-15; accessible to people of all abilities. Free, but registration is required. For kids 2-15. For more information contact Pat Mercer, 740-534-6531.

Putnam County Bridge to Ridge Bicycle Tour, May 18, Winfield. The ride, which is sponsored by the Winfield Lions Club and Putnam County Convention and Visitors Bureau, starts at 8 a.m. at the Putnam County Courthouse in Winfield. There are two distance options, 30 miles and 62 miles. Both routes offer several challenging climbs. Registration cost is $25 before May 1 and $30 after May 1. To register, call Linda Collins at the Putnam County CVB at 304-562-0727 or send her an email at lindac@putnamcountycvb.com. For more information about the tour, call Chris Gress at 304-586-9017.

Paintsville Cruiz'n, 4 p.m. May 18, downtown Paintsville, Ky. Visit www.ekygearheads.com. 

Spring Fling, May 18, downtown Paintsville, Ky. Sponsored by Paintsville’s Main Street Association. Music, arts, crafts, food and fresh flowers. pjcchamber.com.

Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, May 18-19, downtown Ironton, Ohio. This tournament travels the country, giving teams of three of all skill levels, ages, shapes and sizes the chance to compete. To register, visit www.macker.com. For more information about the local tournament, call Joyce Lynd at 740-534-8138.  

Taste of Putnam, noon to 5 p.m. May 19, at 1 Valley Park Drive, Hurricane. The Taste of Putnam is a culinary tour of the amazing chefs and fabulous restaurants Putnam County has to offer. Families will have an opportunity to try a variety of sample-sized dishes from participating restaurants. The event will include fun activities for the children and something for every appetite.

Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin, 7 p.m. May 19, Clay Center, One Clay Square, Charleston. Carpenter and Colvin share the stage in an extended performance as a duo for this taping of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 on the day of the show. Purchase online at www.theclaycenter.org, in person at the Clay Center box office or by phone at 304-561-3570.

Corey Smith and Sundy Best @ the Expo, 7:30 p.m. May 24, Eastern Kentucky Expo Center, Pikeville, Ky. For tickets or information call 606-444-5500 or visit www.eastkyexpo.com.

The Great U.S. 23 Yard Sale, May 24-26, U.S. 23, Kentucky. This annual event follows miles and miles of U.S. 23 through the Commonwealth for a bargain hunter’s and daytripper’s dream. Call 606-329-1007.

Bushwhacking on the Russell Fork, May 24-26, Pike County, Ky. See Civil War period dress and hear stories as told by characters drawn from America's darkest era. www.tourpikecounty.com.

Vandalia Gathering, May 24-25 at the Cultural Center/State Capitol grounds in Charleston, W.Va. A celebration of old-time music, arts and folk heritage named for the proposed 14th Colony. Free and open to the public. Call 304-558-0220 or visit www.wvculture.org/vandalia.

Charlie Betts Memorial Race, noon on May 25, Kanawha Valley Motorsports Park, 25845 Kanawha Valley Road, off U.S. 35, Southside, W.Va. Cost: $10; kids 12 and under free. Visit www.kanrace.com.

Ironton, Ohio, Memorial Day Parade, May 27, Ironton. The nation's longest continuously running Memorial Day parade. Call the Greater Lawrence County Area Chamber of Commerce at 740-377-4550 or visit www.lawrencecountyohio.org. 

Appalachian Uprising, May 30-June 1 at Eden Valley Farm in Scottown, Ohio. Two days of music, camping, workshops, independent artists, guest speakers and handmade goods. This year's artists include Del McCoury, Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Rambling Rooks Featuring Ronnie Bowman, Don Rigsby and Kenny Smith, Bluegrass SuperJam Led by Ronnie McCoury, Cornmeal, Mountain Heart, Larry Keel and Natural Bridge, Melvin Goins and Windy Mountain, Johnny Staats and The Delivery Boys, Ironhorse Bluegrass, Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice and many, many more. Listen to the artists in the lineup, or bring your own instruments and join a jam session in the campground. Visit www.appalachianuprising.net.

Cruise-In, 5 p.m.-dusk May 31, Perry-Morris Square, U.S. 60, Milton. Hosted by the Covered Bridge Car Club. No registration or fees. For more information, call 304-743-5321 or 304-654-0745.

JUNE

Hatfield and McCoy Tribute, June 1 at Heritage Farm Museum and Village at 3300 Harvey Road, Huntington. Celebrate West Virginia’s 150-year anniversary through a tribute to one of its most-told stories. Call 304-522-1244 or go to www.heritagefarmmuseum.com.

McDonald's Tri State Criterium Cycling Race, June 1, starting at Pullman Plaza, Huntington. Visit www.McDonaldsTriStateCrit.com.

Antique Tractor Pull, 6 p.m. June 1 at the West Virginia State Farm Museum across from the Mason County Fairgrounds. Call 304-675-5737. www.wvfarmmuseum.org.

Brigade of the American Revolution at Fort Randolph, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 1, Fort Randolph at Krodel Park, Point Pleasant, W.Va. The Brigade is a living history association dedicated to recreating the life and times of the common soldier of the American War for Independence, 1775-1783. Call 304-675-7933 or visit www.fortrandolph.org.

Cornstalk's Raid — 250th commemoration History Alive! — Tu Endie Wei State Park, 10 a.m.-3 -p.m. June 1, Point Pleasant, W.Va. Commemorating the 250th anniversary of Shawnee Warrior Cornstalk’s raid on the western Virginia Euro-American settlements in the Trans-Allegheny region. Call 304-675-0869 or visit www.tu-endie-weistatepark.com/events.html.

Bend Area Care 22nd Annual Budweiser Catfish Tournament, June 1, Mason Park & Levy, Mason, W.Va. One of the largest catfish tournaments east of the Mississippi River. Tournament monies will raise 70-80 percent of the total money used for the "Kids for Christmas" program, a local event that helps needy families during the Christmas season. www.masoncountytourism.org.  

A Sense of Place: The West Virginia Sesquicentennial Artist Invitational, June 1-Sept. 22, Huntington Museum of Art, 2033 McCoy Road, Huntington, W.Va. Huntington Museum of Art has invited 18 artists — some native born to West Virginia and others who have chosen to make West Virginia their home — to explore the idea of “A Sense of Place.” The artists selected for this exhibition also teach at colleges and universities in West Virginia. Call 304-529-2701 or visit http://www.hmoa.org/.

Downtown Live car show, June 7, Downtown Ashland, Ky. $5 registration for vehicles. Call 606-327-6131.

Main Street Live, June 7. Live Music in Downtown Pikeville, Ky., on the first and third Friday of each month, June through October. For more information, contact Pikeville Main Street Director Minta Chaney at 606-444-5284.

Muscle on Main, June 7-8, Pikeville, Ky. Block party 6 p.m. Friday. Cruise-in begins at 3 p.m. Saturday; Burnout Show at 7 p.m. Saturday. Hosted by City Tire and Auto. Contact Jesse Bowling/Director of City Tourism, jbowling@pikevillecity.com, 606-424-6203.

Cruise In, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 8, First Southern Baptist Church, 110 Collins Ave., South Point, Ohio. For more information, call 740-550-2102 or 740-534-2320.

Michael Combs, 7 p.m. June 8, Mountain Arts Center, 50 Hal Rogers Drive, Prestonsburg, Ky. Tickets, visit www.macarts.com, or call 1-888-MAC-ARTS.

Bill Gaither & The Gaither Vocal Band @ the Expo, June 14, Eastern Kentucky Expo Center, Pikeville, Ky. For tickets or information call 606-444-5500 or visit www.eastkyexpo.com.

Country Music Highway Road to Fame Semi Finals, June 14-15, Mountain Arts Center, Prestonsburg, Ky.  Road to Fame is a program developed to highlight the wealth of talent offered by artists from along the famous Country Music Highway, U.S. 23. Tickets are $15 and $20.

Old Central City Days, June 14-16 at 14th St. West in Huntington. The festival features flea markets, specialty shop sales, antiques, entertainment and historic tours. Don't miss the Wild West shoot out! Visit www.oldcentralcity.com.

Paintsville Cruiz'n, 4 p.m. June 15, Downtown Paintsville, Ky. Visit www.ekygearheads.com.  

West Virginia Day Concert, 3 p.m. June 16, Kanawha State Forest, 7500 Kanawha State Forest Drive, Charleston. Celebrate West Virginia's 150th Birthday with a free concert by the Kanawha Valley Community Band. Call 304-558-3500 or visit www.kanawhastateforest.com.

Lawrence County "Iron Masters" Antique Engines, Tractors, and Farm Equipment Show, mid-June at the Ironton Hills Plaza, Ironton, Ohio 93 Exit. Bring your antique vehicles and enjoy the cmpany of many other collectors. Trophies will be given by weight classes. Kiddie Pedal Tractor Pull at 10 a.m. Saturday, and a parade begins after noon downtown. Free admission. For information, e-mail Don Mootz at dwmootz@gmail.com. 

Jeff Flannagan and Sweet Lipzz Jazz Band, 7 p.m. June 21, Paramount Arts Center, 1300 Winchester Ave., Ashland, Ky. Cost $25. Call 606-324-3175.

Main Street Live, June 21. Live Music in Downtown Pikeville, Ky., on the first and third Friday of each month, June through October. For more information, contact Pikeville Main Street Director Minta Chaney at 606-444-5284.

FestivALL, June 21-30, downtown Charleston, W.Va. This 10-day celebration of the arts includes theater, film, dance, music and food. Special events include Blues, Brews and BBQ; Wine & All That Jazz Festival; Smoke on the Water-Charleston Chili Cookoff; The Capitol Street Art Fair; The One-Act Play Festival; Gala Dance Peformance; excursions on the River Queen riverboat; Kanawha County Library Street Fair; the West Side Wiener Dog Races & Cruise In; the West Side Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social; FestivALL Comes To South Hills; The South Atlantic League All-Star Baseball Game and more. For more information, visit www.festivallcharleston.com. 

Huntington Symphony Orchestra’s Picnic with the Pops, 5 p.m. June 22, Harris Riverfront Park, Huntington.

WV 5K Championship, 8 a.m. to noon June 22, downtown Huntington. Open to athletes of all abilities, from runners to walkers. Must pre-register at www.tristateracer.com/wv5k.

St. Albans Riverfest, June 27-30, St. Albans Roadside Park, Route 60, St. Albans, W.Va. Features free entertainment, river activities and fireworks. Call  304-767-6007 or visit www.stalbansriverfest.com. 

Point Pleasant Sternwheel Regatta, June 27-29, Point Pleasant, W.Va. This alcohol-free event includes free entertainment, a Kids' Day with free games and activities; free admission and free parking. Featuring sternwheel rides and concerts. Visit www.pointpleasantregatta.org.

Cruise-In, 5 p.m. until dusk June 28, Perry-Morris Square, U.S. 60, Milton, W.Va. Hosted by the Covered Bridge Car Club. No registration or fees. For more information, call 304-743-5321 or 304-654-0745.

Premier Mud Run, June 29, Boyd County Fairgrounds, Cannonsburg, Ky. mountainrushmudrun.com.

JULY

Summer Motion, July 3-7, at Ashland's Central Park and Riverfront Park. Free festival with nationally known entertainment, arts and crafts, fireworks and children's activities. Call the Ashland Area Convention and Visitors Bureau at 606-329-1007 or visit www.summermotion.com. 

Happy Birthday America, July 4, Hurricane, W.Va. Parade at 4:30 p.m. on Main Street, free activities at Valley Park from 5:30-9:30 p.m., with fireworks at dusk. Call 304-562-5896. 

July 4th Celebration, Buffalo, W.Va., July 4. Events include: Parade at 1 p.m.’ live entertainment 2-10 p.m., gospel, bluegrass, rock; food booths; inflatable’s; fireworks at 10 p.m. Contact Barbara Reed at 304-937-2452.

Coal Grove's Family Fun Days, Independence Day Weekend, July 1-3, at Paul Porter Park in Coal Grove, Ohio. Activities include music, arts, crafts, food and games. Call Village of Coal Grove at 740-532-0102.  

Main Street Live, July 5. Live Music in Downtown Pikeville, Ky., on the first and third Friday of each month, June through October. For more information, contact Pikeville Main Street Director Minta Chaney at 606-444-5284.

Muscle on Main, July 5-6, Pikeville, Ky. Block party 6 p.m. Friday. Cruise-in begins at 3 p.m. Saturday; Burnout Show at 7 p.m. Saturday. Hosted by City Tire and Auto. Contact Jesse Bowling/Director of City Tourism, jbowling@pikevillecity.com, 606-424-6203.

Lawrence County Fair, July 5-13 at Lawrence County Fairgrounds in Proctorville. Join the festivities with sale of livestock, musical entertainment, rides, crafts, bull riding, demolition derby, entertainment, wrestling, and food vendors. Visit www.lawrencecountyohiofair.com.

Way Back Weekend Ice Cream Social, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 6, at Heritage Farm Museum and Village at 3300 Harvey Road, Huntington. Sample homemade ice cream cranked with a hit-and-miss engine. Call 304-522-1244 or go to www.heritagefarmmuseum.com.

Country Music Highway Road to Fame Finals, 7:30 p.m. July 13 at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg, Ky. Road to FameThe 2013 Road to Fame audition schedule is now available! Road to Fame is a program developed to highlight the wealth of talent offered by artists from along the famous Country Music Highway, U.S. 23. Tickets are $20.

Putnam County Fair, July 13-20 at Eleanor, W.Va. Arts and crafts, agricultural livestock exhibits, beauty pageant, all-week carnival and more. Call the Putnam County Fair at 304-755-4900 or go online at www.putnamcountyfairwv.com. 

4th Annual Point Pleasant River Museum Car/Bike Show, July 13, Point Pleasant River Museum, Point Pleasant, W.Va. Visit www.masoncountytourism.org.

Main Street Live, July 19. Live Music in Downtown Pikeville, Ky., on the first and third Friday of each month, June through October. For more information, contact Pikeville Main Street Director Minta Chaney at 606-444-5284.

Huntington Symphony Orchestra’s Picnic with the Pops, 5 p.m. July 20, Harris Riverfront Park, Huntington.

WV State Farm Museum Tractor Games, July 20, West Virginia State Farm Museum, 1458 Fairground Road, Point Pleasant, W.Va.

Jule Huffman’s Run for the Kids, 8 a.m. July 20, downtown Huntington. Join Jule Huffman, TV's Mr. Cartoon, as he supports Marshall University Children's Language Clinic which provides no cost or low cost speech pathology services to local children in need.

Cabell County Fair, July 22-27 at Pumpkin Park in Milton, W.Va. Carnival rides, 4-H livestock and live entertainment. Hours are 3-11 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday. Call 304-743-4273 or visit www.cabellcountyfair.org. 

Pioneer Life Week, July 22-28, Carter Caves State Resort Park, 344 Caveland Drive, Olive Hill, Ky. A week dedicated to the Revolutionary War, The War of 1812 and the settlement of lands around the Ohio River, re-enactors, musical entertainment and many historical programs brings this rich heritage back to life. Call 606-286-4411 or visit parks.ky.gov/parks/resortparks/carter-caves/default.aspx.

Boyd County Fair, July 23-27 at the fairgrounds in Cannonsburg, Ky. Features carnival, agricultural exhibits, home interior/crafts, livestock shows, youth exhibits and contests, youth market livestock auction, baby contests, demolition derby and more. Call 606-928-7190 or 606-928-4134 or visit www.boydcountyfair.com. 

West Virginia Hot Dog Festival, July 27, at Pullman Plaza. Sponsored by Clear Channel Communications. Free admission. Features many Tri-State hot dog vendors, antique and modern car show, pet parade, weiner dog races, rides, live entertainment and more. Call 304-525-7788 or visit www.wvhotdogfestival.com.  

River Museum's Annual Belle of Cincinnati Dinner Cruise, July 29, Point Pleasant River Museum, Riverfront Park and 4th Street, Point Pleasant, W.Va. As the Belle of Cincinnati travels on the beautiful Ohio River there will be entertainment, good food and dancing in the elegant ball room. Call 304-674-0144 or visit www.pprivermuseum.com.

Roy Rogers Festival, July 31-Aug. 3 at the Holiday Inn Hotel, downtown Portsmouth, Ohio. This is the centennial celebration, Dale Evans’ 100th birthday. Roy Rogers enthusiasts gather for a weekend filled with memorabilia, celebrities and western fun. Visit www.royrogersfestival.org.

AUGUST

Downtown Live car show, Aug. 2, downtown Ashland, Ky. $5 vehicle registration. Call 606-327-6131.

Main Street Live, Aug. 2. Live Music in Downtown Pikeville, Ky., on the first and third Friday of each month, June through October. For more information, contact Pikeville Main Street Director Minta Chaney at 606-444-5284.

Van Lear Days, Aug. 2-3, Van Lear, Ky. Tour the homeplace of Loretta Lynn at Butcher Hollow. Also, take a tour of the Van Lear Coal Miner's Museum. Enjoy free live music and the Annual Van Lear Parade among other activities. For more information, call 606-789-8540.

Bluegrass/Gospel Music Fest, Aug. 3, Heritage Farm Museum and Village at 3300 Harvey Road, Huntington. Call 304-522-1244 or go to www.heritagefarmmuseum.com.

The Mudder Games, Aug. 3, Boyd County Fairgrounds, Cannonsburg, Ky. mountainrushmudrun.com.

Kentucky Music Trail, Aug. 4, Paramount Arts Center, Ashland, Ky. Call 606-324-3175.

Wayne County Fair, August 6-9 at Camden Park. Features rides, concessions, 4-H projects and more. Visit http://waynecountyfair-wv.com. 

Mason County Fair, August 5-10 at Mason County Fairgrounds, six miles north of Point Pleasant, W.Va., on WV 62. Tractor pulls, demolition derby, motocross races, gospel and county music shows, Nashville entertainers, horse show, livestock sales, carnival rides and food. Call 304-675-5463 or visit www.masoncountyfairwv.org.  

John Eric Booth and Trio, 7 p.m. Aug. 9, Paramount Arts Center, 1300 Winchester Ave., Ashland, Ky. Coast, $25. Call 606-324-3175.

Muscle on Main, Aug. 9-10, Pikeville, Ky. Block party 6 p.m. Friday. Cruise-in begins at 3 p.m. Saturday; Burnout Show at 7 p.m. Saturday. Hosted by City Tire and Auto. Contact Jesse Bowling/Director of City Tourism, jbowling@pikevillecity.com, 606-424-6203.

35th Annual Car Show, 9 a.m. Aug. 10, Gallipolis City Park along the Ohio Riverfront, Gallipolis, Ohio. Hosted by the Ole Car Club Inc. of Gallipolis, Ohio. $10 registration. Call 740-446-0643.

Rally on the River, Aug. 15-17, Ironton, Ohio. This motorcycle festival features free live music, vendors, bike show, food, beer gardens, a parade of heroes, car show, $1,000 poker runs and more. Admission is free, but there is a cost for the poker run and some other events. Visit www.rallyontheriver.com.

Main Street Live, Aug. 16. Live Music in Downtown Pikeville, Ky., on the first and third Friday of each month, June through October. For more information, contact Pikeville Main Street Director Minta Chaney at 606-444-5284.

Cabaret: “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” Aug. 16-17 and Aug. 23-24, Arts Resources for the Tri-State, 900 8th St., ground floor of The Renaissance Art Center, Huntington. Tickets, call 304-733-ARTS.   

Huntington Symphony Orchestra’s Picnic with the Pops, 5 p.m. August 17, Harris Riverfront Park, Huntington.

Point Pleasant Rodders Car Show, Aug. 17, Point Pleasant, W.Va. Antique to new cars on display. Free admission. For more information, visit www.rodderscarclub.org.

Carl Hurley with Special Guests The Moron Brothers, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17,  Mountain Arts Center, 50 Hal Rogers Drive, Prestonsburg, Ky. Tickets, visit www.macarts.com, or call 1-888-MAC-ARTS.

Paintsville Cruiz'n, 4 p.m. Aug. 17, Downtown Paintsville, Ky. Visit www.ekygearheads.com.

Lee Brice, 7 p.m. Aug. 18, Paramount Arts Center, 1300 Winchester Ave., Ashland, Ky. Cost: $30-$45. Call 606-324-3175 export.

Cruise-In, 5 p.m. until dusk, Aug. 30, Perry-Morris Square, U.S. 60, Milton, W.Va. Hosted by the Covered Bridge Car Club. No registration or fees. For more information, call 304-743-5321 or 304-654-0745.

Annual Portsmouth River Days Festival, Aug. 30-Sept. 2, Court Street Landing, Portsmouth, Ohio. Family oriented festival includes rides, arts, crafts, entertainment, grand parade, queens pageant, food and more. Visit www.riverdays.org. 

Tribute to the River, Aug. 30-31, Point Pleasant, W.Va. Events take place at Point Pleasant Riverfront Park and Point Pleasant River Museum. Food, games and competition, sternwheel boat parade, races and tours, entertainment, dancing, River Museum tours, 2,400-gallon Ohio River Fish Aquarium and more. Admission to River Museum is free. Visit www.pprivermuseum.com for more.

The Color of Mud, Aug. 31, Boyd County Fairgrounds, Cannonsburg, Ky. mountainrushmudrun.com.

Hatfield-McCoy Heritage Days, Aug. 31-Sept. 2, downtown Pikeville, Ky. Heritage Festival featuring handmade/local arts and crafts, including food vendors, with a flare of a festive atmosphere. 606-432-5504.

“FEUD Part 1: The Story of Johnse Hatfield and Roseanna McCoy,” 7:30 nightly, Aug. 29, 30, 31 and Sept. 1, Jenny Wiley Theatre, 218 2nd St., Pikeville, Ky. FEUD Part 1 explores the forbidden love story between Johnse Hatfield and Roseanna McCoy.  Set in 1881 in Pike County, Ky., the three characters, Johnse, Roseanna, and Paris McCoy have one fateful night to tell their stories. As the night progresses, truths are revealed, history is set in motion and the legend begins. For tickets call 877-CALL-JWT. Seating is limited.

SEPTEMBER

Catlettsburg Labor Day Celebration, Sept. 2 in downtown Catlettsburg, Ky. Call the Boyd County Courthouse at 606-739-5184 or Mark Plummer at 606-739-5126. 

Fraley Mountain Music Gatherin', Sept. 4-7, Carter Caves State Park, Kentucky. Festival pays tribute to traditional instruments like the dulcimer, fiddle and guitar that are used to tell stories of life long ago in Eastern Kentucky. Concerts and Jam Sessions Ranging from $4 to $10, or get a festival pass for $25. Visit www.parks.ky.gov/findparks/resortparks/cc/events/ for more. 

Charleston Ribfest, Sept. 5-8, South Charleston, W.Va. World-class BBQ ribs, live entertainment, family attractions, carnival, arts and crafts, fireworks and more. Visit www.charlestonwvribfest.com.  

Downtown Live car show, Sept. 6, downtown Ashland, Ky. $5 vehicle registration. Call 606-327-6131.

Main Street Live, Sept. 6. Live Music in Downtown Pikeville, Ky., on the first and third Friday of each month, June through October. For more information, contact Pikeville Main Street Director Minta Chaney at 606-444-5284.

Cast-Iron Cook-Off and Antique Cars, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 7, Heritage Farm Museum and Village at 3300 Harvey Road, Huntington. Cooks compete to make the best Appalachian-inspired dishes over the open coals. Call 304-522-1244 or go to www.heritagefarmmuseum.com.

WV State Farm Museum Antique Tractor Pull, 6 p.m. Sept. 7, 1458 Fairground Road, Point Pleasant, W.Va. Visitwww.wvfarmmuseum.org.

Fort Randolph Longhunters and Landgrabbers, Sept. 7, Fort Randolph, 994 Sand Hill Road, Point Pleasant, W.Va. The Fort is a gathering place for the longhunters to rest and prepare for their long hunts in the fall. The surveyors are gathering to survey the cane lands or returning home to record their plots. Come take part in their stories of past hunts or sign up to be a chain puller for the surveyor. Free admission. Donations are appreciated. Call 304-675-7933.

Cornfield Maze at Cooper Family Farms in Milton, opens early September. Take Interstate 64 to Milton Exit, Route 60 W to Milton Middle School. Parking is behind school. Closed Mondays. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays by reservations only. Open Fridays, 5-10 p.m., Saturdays noon-10 p.m., Sundays 1-5 p.m. Call 304-743-0548, e-mail Kimybeee@suddenlink.net, or visit www.cornfieldmaze.com/sites.php?ID=&username=wvmilton. 

Fall Fest, Sept. 12-14 in Barboursville. Features a parade, arts, crafts, carnival, vintage cars, wrestling, music and a beauty contest. Free admission. Call the Village of Barboursville at 304-736-8994 or visit http://barboursville.org/. 

"The Legacy of Mary Ingles" at Beech Fork State Park, Sept. 12-15, Beech Fork State Park, 5601 Long Branch Road, Barboursville. The Legacy of Mary Ingles, in its 23rd year, is an 18th century living history weekend that introduces visitors and guests to life and the ways of our pioneering ancestors through demonstrations and the portrayal of life in 1755 that Mary Ingles lived and encountered. Contact: 304-258-5794.

Muscle on Main, Sept. 13-14, Pikeville, Ky. Block party 6 p.m. Friday. Cruise-in begins at 3 p.m. Saturday; Burnout Show at 7 p.m. Saturday. Hosted by City Tire and Auto. Contact Jesse Bowling/Director of City Tourism, jbowling@pikevillecity.com, 606-424-6203.

Chilifest, Sept. 14 in downtown Huntington. Annual West Virginia State Chili Championship is sanctioned by the International Chili Society, and the winner of Chilifest represents West Virginia in at the ICS's World's Chili Championship. Chilifest raises money for the Tri-State Ronald McDonald House.

Putnam County Homecoming, Sept. 14-15, Winfield, W.Va. Sponsored by Putnam County Lions Club. Car Show and Dance Saturday. Sunday – Honor Service Men, Gospel Sing, Parade, crowning of Miss Putnam County and lots more. Contact George Woodrum at 304-586-3614 or Boyd Harper at 304-389-9724.

Main Street Live, Sept. 20. Live Music in Downtown Pikeville, Ky., on the first and third Friday of each month, June through October. For more information, contact Pikeville Main Street Director Minta Chaney at 606-444-5284.

Poage Landing Days, Sept. 20-22 in downtown Ashland. Features arts, crafts, car show, bicycle race, motorcycle show and live music. Featuring the Ed Haley Fiddle Festival. Call the Ashland Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, 606-329-1007 or 800-377-6249 or go online at www.visitashlandky.com.  

Mothman Festival, Sept. 20-22 in Point Pleasant, W.Va. This is a celebration of the legend of Mothman. People in Mason County reported seeing a large, mothlike creature with glowing eyes shortly before the devastating, deadly collapse of the Silver Bridge. Features include Mothman Hayride tours to the TNT area, where the first sighting was reported. There will also be presentations by authors and paranormal experts, exhibits, displays, merchandise and guided tours. Call Mothman Lives at 740-286-4772 or go online at www.mothmanlives.com. 

Sorghum Festival, usually third Saturday of September next to the new South Point High School, South Point, Ohio. Enjoy sorghum making, beans and cornbread, applebutter making, bluegrass music, wagon rides for kids. Free admission. Call Ivan Smith, 740-894-4294.

Paintsville Cruiz'n, 4 p.m. Sept. 21, Downtown Paintsville, Ky. Visit www.ekygearheads.com.

Elk Viewing Tours, Sept. 21-22, Sept. 26-27, Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Prestonsburg, Ky. Elk were reintroduced to Kentucky in 1997 as a restoration project by the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife. Jenny Wiley State Resort Park is sponsoring elk tours at a cost of $30/person or $15/children 12 and younger. This fee includes transportation via van to the viewing sites and continental breakfast. Tour packages that include lodging, dinner, and elk tour with continental breakfast are available for $160 per couple. To pre-register, contact Trinity Shepherd at 1-800-325-0142 or email at tshepherd@suddenlinkmail.com.

X-Fest, mid-September at Harris Riverfront Park in Huntington. Hard rock station WMAX 106.3 FM celebrates with a full day of regional and national hard-core and heavy metal bands. Call 304-696-5990 or go online at www.x1063.com.

Historical Cemetery Walk/Ghost Tour, mid-September, Woodland Cemetery, Lorraine Street, Ironton, Ohio. Join this candlelight tour of the history of Ironton - and watch out for restless spirits along the way!  Call the Lawrence County Museum at 740-532-1222. 

Jesse Stuart Weekend, usually last weekend of September, Greenbo Lake State Park, Kentucky. This is a weekend dedicated to Kentucky writer and poet laureate Jesse Stuart. Visit the Jesse Stuart home place and the Jesse Stuart Foundation. There will be free lectures, music, videos, book evaluations, and signings. Visit www.parks.ky.gov/findparks/resortparks/go/events/. 

Cruise-In, 5 p.m. until dusk, Sept. 27, Perry-Morris Square, U.S. 60, Milton. Hosted by the Covered Bridge Car Club. No registration or fees. For more information, call 304-743-5321 or 304-654-0745.

Annual Greek Festival, Sept. 27-29, St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 701 11th Ave., Huntington. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Three days celebrating the rich heritage and tradition of the Orthodox Christian faith and Greek culture. Featuring Greek food and pastries, live Greek band, Greek dance performances, church tours, inflatables for kids and more. Admission and parking are free. Learn more at www.stgeorgehwv.org/festival.

Vesuvius Furnace Festival, late September, Wayne National Forest, Ohio 93, Pedro, Ohio. Celebrate the history of the Iron Furnace with Civil War re-enactments, outdoor theater, nationally proclaimed brass band and live, local music. Free admission. Call the Ironton Ranger Station at 740-534-6500.

Poca Area Heritage Days, Sept. 28, Poca, W.Va. Parade at 10 a.m. Arts and Crafts, Flea Market. This outdoor event is a community celebration. 5K walk, food, historical society and archaeological society booths, and games. Quilt drawing at 4 p.m. Call 304-755-5482 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

King of the Mud, Sept. 28, Boyd County Fairgrounds, Cannonsburg, Ky. mountainrushmudrun.com.

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