Festivals and events
"The Rise and Fall of F. Scott Fitzgerald," 7:30 p.m. May 4; 4 p.m. May 5, Paramount Arts Center, 1300 Winchester Ave., Ashland, Kentucky. $12.
Ballroom with a Twist, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 7, Paramount Arts Center, 1300 Winchester Ave., Ashland, Kentucky. 606-324-0007.
"Into the Woods," 7:30 p.m. May 8-9; 3 p.m. May 10, Charleston Civic Center Little Theatre, 200 Civic Center Drive, Charleston. Presented by the Charleston Light Opera Guild. Visit www.charlestonlightoperaguild.org.
River Museum's Shanty Boat Night, 6:30-10 p.m. May 8, 615 Main St., Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Shanty Boat Night this year will feature the 50-year-old band, the spectacular ESQUIRES. Their music represents the 1960s rhythm and blues era with a repertoire of songs recorded by R&B greats. A meal consisting of chicken, dressing, mashed potatoes/gravy, green beans, carrots, salad, roll, dessert coffee and tea will be served at 6:30 p.m. Door prizes will be awarded. The event will be held at the Trinity Methodist Church Christian Community Center. Tickets are $40 each and must be purchased in advance. Call the museum to have tickets mailed to you or purchase them at the museum. Call 304-674-0144 or 304-675-6788 or visit www.pprivermuseum.com.
"Fuddy Meers" by David Lindsay-Abaire, Friday-Saturday, May 8-9 and May 15-16, Renaissance Ballroom, 900 8th St., Huntington. Presented by Arts Resources for the Tri-State. Visit www.artstristate.org.
WWE Live, 7:30 p.m. May 9, Charleston Civic Center, Charleston. $15-$105.
Bluegrass Band Competition, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9, Mountaineer Opry House, Milton exit of Interstate 64, Milton. Call 304-743-5749.
The Isaacs, 7 p.m. Saturday, May 9, Milton Performing Arts Center at the West Virginia Pumpkin Park, Milton. Call 304-634-5857.
St. Albans Founders Day, May 9, St. Albans, West Virginia. Sponsored by the St. Albans Founder's Day Committee and the St. Albans Historical Society, there will be over 40 vendors, re-enactors, and food booths. The Opening Parade begins at 10 a.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church. It goes down 6th Avenue and ends at the Loop. Founders Day is to celebrate the history of St. Albans and promote the businesses on Main Street, to involve the youth in becoming aware of the fascinating story lived and told right here in our town and it is an opportunity for everyone to learn a little more about the history of the town. Visit http://stalbanshistory.com/Founders_Day.html.
Opening reception for Studio Selections exhibit, 6 p.m. May 12, Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington. Exhibit runs May 12-May 17 and features artworks created by students in HMA's Studio Classes.
The Church Basement Ladies in "The Last Potluck Supper," 7:30 p.m. May 14, Paramount Arts Center, Ashland, Kentucky. $32.
Blues Traveler, 8 p.m. Friday, May 15, Clay Center for the Performing Arts, Charleston. 304-561-3570.
Stepping Out for the Cure for Scleroderma 5K Walk/Run, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. May 16, Barboursville Park, Barboursville, West Virginia. Price: $25 registration fee. 5K Walk/Run starting at Shelter #8, following a gently sloped path on pavement and returning to start. All participants will get a T-shirt and free lunch. Charity raffle and bake sale also. All proceeds will go to the National Scleroderma Foundation, which provides support to patients, education, and research to find a cure. Contact Joyce Ross, firstname.lastname@example.org, 304-743-3186.
Sustainability Fair, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. May 16, Heritage Station, Huntington. A day of music, crafts, activities, local foods, and learning workshops. Free.
FOOTMAD: Cindy Harris, 7 p.m. May 16, Columbia Gas Transmission Corporation, 1700 MacCorkle Ave. S.E., Charleston. Call 304-415-3668 or visit www.footmad.org.
Guy Penrod, 7 p.m. Saturday, May 16, Milton Performing Arts Center at the West Virginia Pumpkin Park, Milton. 304-634-5857.
Nothin' Fancy, 7:30 p.m. May 16, Mountaineer Opry House, Milton, West Virginia. Price: $15 adults, $12 seniors, $5 children 12 and under.
Peter Cetera, 8 p.m. May 16, Vern Riffe Center for the Arts Portsmouth, Ohio. $45 to $85.
Gallipolis in Lights 5K (Night) Electric River Run/Walk, 7 p.m. May 16, Gallipolis City Park, Gallipolis, Ohio. www.tristateracer.com.
Trout's Hill Day, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 16, Keyser and Hendrick streets, Wayne, West Virginia. Vendors will be set up from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Residents are also encouraged to hold yard sales at their homes. Historical lantern tours will be given starting at 7 p.m. Vendors call 304-272-3221 to sign up. For more information about Trout's Hill Day, call Robert Thompson at 304-416-2661.
One Path, One Dream, Wonderful 5K, 9 a.m. May 16, Mitch Stadium, Kenova, West Virginia. Price: $25. www.tristateracer.com
Siege of Fort Randolph, May 16, Fort Randolph at Krodel Park, Point Pleasant, West Virginia. 15th annual event. Demonstrations and frontier life skills in Fort and nearby Indian village. Flag presentation by SAR at 10 a.m.: Blanket trade at 12:30 a.m; Magistrate Court at 1 p.m. "The Siege of Fort Randolph, The Death of Cornstalk" Outdoor Drama at 2 p.m. Admission fee for drama $3, children under 6 free. An auction is scheduled for 4 p.m. and gates close at 5 p.m. Gift shop open. Visit www.fortrandolph.org.
Aretha Franklin, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 17, Clay Center for the Performing Arts, Charleston. 304-561-3570.
Tri-County Gospel Sing, 7 p.m. May 17, Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre, 426 Second Ave., Gallipolis, Ohio.
Run For The Wall, May 20, Hurricane. Run for the Wall, a coast-to-coast motorcycle trip in memory of fallen servicemen, will stop at Valley Park in Hurricane, West Virginia. The public is invited to welcome the riders as the come into town on Interstate 64 eastbound.
Grayson Gallery & Art Center Regional Favorites, May 22, Grayson Gallery & Art Center, Grayson, Kentucky.
2015 Burn It Down Tour, May 28, Charleston Civic Center, Charleston. Jason Aldean with special guests Cole Swindell, Tyler Farr and Dee Jay Silver. Tickets at www.livenation.com.
39th annual Vandalia Gathering, May 22-24, at the Cultural Center/State Capitol grounds in Charleston. A celebration of old-time music, arts and folk heritage named for the proposed 14th Colony. Free and open to the public. Call 304-558-558-0220 or visit www.wvculture.org/vandalia.
Ironton, Ohio, Memorial Day Parade, May 25, 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.
Summer Concert Series, 7 p.m. Thursdays, May 28 through Aug. 27 at Pullman Square, Huntington. Free outdoor concerts. Sponsored by Heiner's, Dutch Miller and Cabell Huntington Hospital. Presented by 93.7 The Dawg
No coolers allowed. Weather permitting. Concerts are subject to change without notice. For more information, email email@example.com.
5th annual McDonald's Tri-State Criterium bicycle road race, 10 a.m. May 30, Pullman Square, Huntington.
The Rarely Herd, 7:30 p.m. May 30, Mountaineer Opry House, Milton, West Virginia. $15 adults, $12 seniors, $5 children 12 and under.
The Collingsworth Family, 7:30 p.m. May 30, Milton Performing Arts Center at the West Virginia Pumpkin Park,
Milton, West Virginia. $15 to $20.
Kathy Griffin, 7:30 p.m. June 4, Clay Center, Charleston. $45 to $69.
Jewel City JAMboree, June 5-7, Harris Riverfront Park, Huntington. Friday, June 5: Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, The Boxcars, The Clay Hess Band, The Bing Brothers Band & Jake Krack, String Therapy, Hillbilly Carnival, Kentucky-Fied Pickers, Big Rock & The Candyass Mountain Boys, Mystic Mountain Blueberry, The Modock Rounders, Sasha Colette, Dave Ball & Friends. Saturday, June 6: The Rambling Rooks, Wildfire, The Bing Brothers Band & Jake Krack, Wyatt Rice, The Rarely Herd, The Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys, New Ballard's Branch Bogtrotters, Bobby Maynard & Breakdown, The Full Moon Boys, Southridge, Schultz Creek, Mudhole Control. Sunday, June 7: Jim & Valerie Gabehart, David & Valerie Mayfield, Don Rigsby & Midnight Call, Kenny & Amanda Smith, Dave Ball & Friends, The Bing Brothers Band & Jake Krack. Price: $55 to $400. Visit www.jewelcityjamboree.com.
Way Back Weekend: Jewel City Jamboree, Saturday, June 6, Heritage Farm Museum and Village, Huntington. Appalachian music, including the Joe Freeman Bluegrass Band. Visit www.heritagefarmmuseum.com.
Bend Area C.A.R.E./Budweiser Catfish Tournament, June 6, Mason Park & Levy, Mason, West Virginia. 25th Annual event. Tournament hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 304-812-6254, 304-675-6788 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mountain Stage, 7 p.m. June 7, Culture Center Theater, Charleston. $20 to $25. Featuring Dawes and more. Visit www.mountainstage.org.
4th annual Team Toni 5K Run/Walk, 8 a.m. June 13, Pullman Square, 900 block of 3rd Ave., Huntington. www.tristateracer.com.
FOOTMAD: Ken Gall and Entwyned, 7 p.m. June 13, Columbia Gas Transmission Corporation, 1700 MacCorkle Ave., S.E., Charleston. Call 304-415-3668 or visit www.footmad.org.
Dailey & Vincent, 7 p.m. June 13, Milton Performing Arts Center at the West Virginia Pumpkin Park, Milton, West Virginia. Price: $15 to $20.
USFLOYD, 8 p.m. June 13, Clay Center, Charleston. Hailing from Charleston, this nationally recognized Pink Floyd tribute band combines powerful music with lighting, lasers and special effects inspired by the visual hallmarks of their legendary counterpart. Price: $25.
Mountain Stage, 7 p.m. June 14, Culture Center Theater, Charleston. Featuring Bahamas, Pine Hill Project, Phox, Field Report and Lloyd Cole. Price: $20 to $25. Visit www.mountainstage.org.
Relay For Life of Johnson County, 6 p.m. June 19, Paintsville, Kentucky.
Relay For Life of Carter County, 7 p.m. June 19, Olive Hill, Kentucky.
Old Central City Days, June 19-21, 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.org.
FestivALL Charleston, June 19-23, downtown Charleston. Week dedicated to the arts. Visit www.festivallcharleston.com.
"La Cage aux Folles" by Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein, June 19-21, June 26-27, Charleston Civic Center Little Theatre, Charleston. Presented by the Charleston Light Opera Guild. Visit www.charlestonlightoperaguild.org.
"Into the Woods" by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, June 19-21, June 26-27, Renaissance Ballroom, 900 8th St. Huntington.
The Herald-Dispatch WV 5K Championship, 8 a.m. June 20, downtown Huntington. The West Virginia 5K Championship is a fast 5K loop course that circles downtown Huntington. The race course will close at 9 a.m., at which time runners still on the course will be asked by Huntington Police to move off the road pavement and onto the sidewalks. The start and finish line will be on Veterans Memorial Boulevard. Price: $20 to $30. Visit www.tristateracer.com.
Ashland Fest of Ales, noon-5 p.m. June 20, downtown Ashland, Kentucky. $25 per ticket. 1,000 to be sold. VIP tickets are $50, and 100 will be sold. Visit www.facebook.com/ashlandfestofales.
Cruisin' Grayson Car Show to Benefit Meals on Wheels, June 26, Grayson, Kentucky.
Blenko Glass West Virginia Day Celebration, June 20, 9 Bill Blenko Drive, Milton, West Virginia. Annual West Virginia Day Limited Edition piece will be available to purchase. There will be 152 special pieces available to purchase on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit one per person. WV Birthday cake and refreshments available during this event. Call 877-425-3656 or visit http://www.blenko.com.
Space Out Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. June 20, Clay Center, Charleston. Out-of-this-world fun as families explore the cosmos. Walk through the solar system, learn about the planets and sun and more. You can also make your own constellations and check out some special science demonstrations. Top it all off with a visit to our new Digital Dome for a journey through the universe. www.theclaycenter.org.
Saint Albans Riverfest, June 25-28, Roadside Park, St. Albans, West Virginia. Free admission. Riverfest Idol contests, car show, kiddie tractor pulls, 5K, parade, live bands, fireworks, food, vendors and more. Call 304-767-6007or visit www.stablansriverfest.com.
Heart, 7:30 p.m. July 1, Clay Center, Charleston. $45 to $99.
West Virginia Vietnam Memorial Wall, July 1-5, Riverfront Park, Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Sponsored by the WV State Council and coordinated by the Marine Corps League Detachment 1180 in Point Pleasant. This mobile wall exhibits 12 panels depicting the names of 732 West Virginians who were killed, held as POW's and those listed as MIA's in the Vietnam conflict. This list of brave West Virginians is a list of true heroes that gave their lives in Vietnam for their country and this proud state. Visit www.westvirginiastatecouncilmobilewall.org.
Summer Motion, July 2-4, Riverfront Park, Ashland, Kentucky. Features rides and games and free concerts from Sasha Collette and the Magnolias; Steve Augeri, Journey's former lead vocalist; Trick Pony; Hollywood Nights - The Bob Seger Experience; and headliner Andy Griggs, with fireworks to follow. Visit summermotion.com.
Mountain State Centers for Independent Living 5K Walk/Run, 8 a.m. July 4, Ritter Park, Huntington. www.tristateracer.com.
Hurricane Independence Day Celebration, 4-10 p.m. July 4, Valley Park, Hurricane. The City of Hurricane hosts its annual Independence Day Celebration. A parade down Main Street at 4 p.m. followed by entertainment, games, food, a hot dog eating contest, inflatables, and fireworks at Valley Park all evening. Free. email@example.com; 304-562-5896.
Way Back Weekend: Ice Cream Social, July 4, Heritage Farm Museum and Village, Huntington. Visit www.heritagefarmmuseum.com.
Coal Grove's Family Fun Days, Independence Day weekend at Paul Porter Park in Coal Grove, Ohio. Activities include music, arts, crafts, food and games, plus fireworks. Call Village of Coal Grove at 740-649-2900.
Lawrence County Fair, July 10-18, Lawrence County Fairgrounds, Proctorville, Ohio. Join the festivities with sale of livestock, musical entertainment, rides, crafts, bull riding, demolition derby, food vendors and much more. Call 740-643-2900 or visit www.lawrencecountyohiofair.com/.
Rattlesnake Trail 50K, 6:30 a.m. July 11, Kanawha State Forest, Charleston. Price: $75. www.tristateracer.com
Putnam County Fair, July 11-18, at Eleanor, West Virginia. 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.putnamcountyfair.org.
4th annual Sherry Shumaker Memorial Pancreatic Cancer 5K, 8 a.m. July 18, Ritter Park, Huntington. Price: $25. www.tristateracer.com.
Boyd County Fair, July 21-25, at the fairgrounds in Cannonsburg, Kentucky. Features carnival, agriculture 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.
The 11th Annual West Virginia Hot Dog Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 25, Pullman Square, Huntington. The 11th Annual West Virginia Hot Dog Festival is a family charity event benefiting the Hoops Family Children's Hospital at Cabell Huntington Hospital. Bring your family and your dogs, and enjoy hot dogs and eats from vendors throughout the region. Enjoy the 10K Run or 5K Run and Walk, stage entertainment from local artists throughout the day, Hot Dog Eating Contest, Pooch Parade, Dog Costume Contest, Dachshund Dash, All-Breed Dog Races, Root Beer Chugging Contest, Hot Dog Bun Stacking Contest, Bicycle Ride, Auto and Truck Show, KidZone entertainment, and many more events. Visit www.wvhotdogfestival.com for complete details. Free admission. Some events require registration donations. Sponsored by iHeartMedia.
River Museum's Annual Belle of Cincinnati Dinner Cruise, 6:30-9:30 p.m. July 27, Riverfront Park, Point Pleasant, West Virgina. The Point Pleasant River Museum is bringing back an evening to remember, reminiscent of the days of the early excursion boats. As the Belle of Cincinnati travels on the beautiful Ohio River a delicious buffet-style meal will be served and the well- known singer, Gary Lee Tolley will be entertaining, furnishing music for dancing or just listening. Photographer is available for pictures. Boat has 4 decks, 2 accessible by elevator and one is walk-on. Handicapped accessible to wheelchairs and scooters. Tickets are $50 for adults and children ages 4-12 are $25.Contact: 304-674-0144, firstname.lastname@example.org; www.pprivermuseum.com.
Cabell County Fair, usually late July at Pumpkin Park, Milton, West Virginia. 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.
Cruisin' Grayson Car Show to Benefit Meals on Wheels, July 31, Grayson City Park, Grayson, Kentucky.
Blenko Festival of Glass, July 31-Aug. 1, 9 Bill Blenko Drive, Milton, West Virginia. Fun-filled event with classes, signings, limited edition pieces, tours, demonstrations and much more. Visit Blenko's website for a listing of events and classes starting early to mid-July 2015. www.blenko.com.
Way Back Weekend: Hatfield/McCoy, Aug. 1, Heritage Farm Museum and Village, Huntington. Visit www.heritagefarmmuseum.com.
Brigade of the American Revolution, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug., 1 at Fort Randolph at Krodel Park. 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. Members represent elements of all the armies then involved: Continental, Militia, British, Loyalist, German, French, Spanish and Native American forces plus civilian men, women and children. Admission Fee. Contact: Craig Hesson 304-675-7933, email@example.com; www.fortrandolph.org.
Wayne County Fair, Aug. 4-8, Camden Park, Huntington, West Virginia. Features rides, concessions, petting zoo, gospel and country music and more. Visit www.waynecounty-wvfair.com.
Dancing with the Stars: Live!, Aug. 5, Charleston Municipal Auditorium, Charleston. Visit charlestonwvciviccenter.com.
Route 60 Yard Sale, Aug. 7, Grayson, Kentucky.
Southern Raised, 7 p.m. Aug. 8, Milton Performing Arts Center at the West Virginia Pumpkin Park, Milton, W.Va. Price: $15 to $20.
Carter County Fair, Aug. 9-15, Carter County Fairgrounds, US 60 West of Grayson, Kentucky.
Mason County Fair, Aug. 10-15, at Mason County Fairgrounds, 6 miles north of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, on W.Va. 62. Tractor pulls, demolition derby, motocross races, gospel and country music shows, Nashville entertainers, horse shows, livestock sales, carnival rides and food. Call 304-675-5463 or visit www.masoncountyfairwv.com.
Rally on the River, Aug. 13-16, 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.
"Medea" by Euripides, Aug. 14, Renaissance Ballroom, 900 8th St., Huntington. Presented by Arts Resources for the Tri-State. Visit www.artstristate.org.
State Fair of West Virginia, Aug. 14-23, Lewisburg, West Virginia. Each year the Fair opens with new excitement, new shows and the same feeling of being at an old time event. Since 1921, the Sate Fair of West Virginia has been a family event and it will continue to be for years to come. Each year the State Fair of West Virginia hosts hundreds of food concessionaires, outdoor and indoor vendors, non-profit organizations and many others.
Macy's Presents Hilltop: Books Only, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 15 and noon-5 p.m. Aug. 16, Huntington Museum of Art
Huntington. Admission, $5. Most used books priced at $1, $2 or $3. Call 304-529-2701.
Rails & Ales Festival, Aug. 15, Heritage Station, Huntington. Kick back with fellow beer lovers as we unite for a one-day celebration of craft beers, including live music and vendors at Heritage Station. For more information, contact Cabell-Huntington CVB.
Dive for the Finish 5K, Aug. 15, Grayson, Kentucky. More information at www.runningintheusa.com.
Cruisin' Grayson Car Show Benefit Meals on Wheels, Aug. 28, Grayson City Park, Grayson, Kentucky.
Tribute to the River, Sept. 4 and 5, Riverfront Park, Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Tow Boat tour, Line throw, Corn Hole Contests with cash prizes, children's games with prizes. Food, entertainment. Free admission.Admission: Free. Contact: 304-674-0144, firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.pprivermuseum.com.
Way Back Weekend: Country Roads Cook-Off, 10 a.m. Sept. 5, Heritage Farm Museum and Village, Huntington. Also includes museum tours, wagon rides, petting zoo, food for purchase and other farm fun.
Highlanders Heroes Comic Con, Sept. 5, Highlands Museum & Discovery Center, 1620 Winchester Ave., Ashland, Ky. Call 606-329-8888.
Catlettsburg Labor Day Celebration, Sept. 7, downtown Catlettsburg, Kentucky. Featuring Ronnie Milsap. Call the Boyd County Courthouse at 606-739-5184 or Mark Plummer at 606-739-5126.
Fraley Festival of Traditional Music, Sept. 9-12, Carter Caves State Resort Park, Grayson, Kentucky. Traditional musical instruments such as the dulcimer, fiddle and guitar are used to tell stories about a life long ago along the foothills of Eastern Kentucky. Folk, old-time, western, western swing, early country, and others are played on a regular basis at the festival. Wednesday night is a free "jamming in the round" session at the Recreation Shelter House in the campground. Concerts will be held in the Park Amphitheatre on Thursday evening, Friday afternoon and evening, and Saturday afternoon and evening. Concert fees range from $4-$10. A $25 weekend pass is available which admits you to all the concerts and jam sessions. For more information visit the event website at www.fraleyfestival.com.
Old Time Machinery & Antique Show, Sept. 11, Grayson, Kentucky. For more information, contact Grayson Tourism and Convention.
Chilifest, Sept. 12 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 the ICS's World's Chili Championship. Chilifest raises money for the Tri-State Ronald McDonald House. Visit http://www.chilifest.com.
Fall Fest, usually mid-September 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.
Poage Landing Days Festival, Sept. 18-20, Downtown Ashland, Kentucky. 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.
The Hoppers, 7 p.m. Sept. 19, Milton Performing Arts Center at the West Virginia Pumpkin Park, Milton, West Virginia. Price: $15 to $20.
Mothman Festival, Sept. 19-20, Point Pleasant, West Virginia. 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 mothmanfestival.com.
Jesse Stuart Weekend, Sept. 25-26, 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/resortsparks/go/events/.
Annual Greek Festival, Sept., 25-27, St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 701 11th Ave., Huntington. 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.
Chilifest, Sept. 26, Paramount Arts Center, 1300 Winchester Ave., Ashland, Kentucky. Call 606-329-1007.
Dragon Boat Festival, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 26, Krodel Park Lake, Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Experience this engaging and fun filled day of racing in a Dragon Boat on Krodel Park Lake. If you would like to enter a team or become a member of a racing team, contact the River Museum. Individual trophies will be awarded for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place race winners along with gold, silver and bronze medallions. Food vendors will be set up along with inflatables and games for the kids. Contact: Point Pleasant River Museum 304-674-0144, e-mail email@example.com, Facebook: Point Pleasant River Museum and Website: www.pprivermuseum.com.