It's Father's Day Weekend and sure you could get Dad some socks and sandals or some bad dad jokes, but hey, he's already stocked up on those.

One thing dads never have enough of, though, is great memories with their kids.

Here's a few ways to go have some good times with your pops this weekend.

Take a ride for sight

Saddle up the Hog for a good cause on Saturday.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, June 15, head over to Black Sheep Harley-Davidson, 408 4th St., where they are hosting the kickoff to the Lesage Lions Club's Ride 4 Sight Poker Run.

The Ride ends at The Fly In cafe and WV Skydivers at 6090 Kyle Lane, Robert Newlon Airfield. At the end of the ride there will be music, raffles, 50/50s and more. The cost is a $20 donation includes a T-shirt, door prizes and food. A donation of $5 or more is asked for passengers. There will be a tandem skydive given away as a door prize. The jumper must jump that day. For more info, email

Slow down for some Motown on the river

Conductor Kimo Furumoto and the 55-member-strong Huntington Symphony Orchestra kick off the Picnic With the Pops series with some seriously sweet R&B as they welcome in the super-vocal group of Joe Coleman of The Platters, Joe Blunt of the Drifters and Theo Peoples, the only person to sing with both The Four Tops and The Temptations, Saturday, June 15 at Harris Riverfront Park.

The concert is at 8 p.m. The gates open at 5 p.m. for picnics. General admission tickets are $20, reserved are $45.

Enjoy a night of the symphony and some of the biggest hits of all time including "My Girl," "The Way You Do The Things You Do," "Get Ready," "The Great Pretender," "Only You," "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes," "Under The Boardwalk," "On Broadway," "Save The Last Dance For Me," and many more.

Go online at to buy tickets online or stop by the HSO office located at 763 Third Ave., Huntington or call 304-781-8343.

Throw daddy on the Big Dipper

Crank up some old school cool for your pops at the family-run, family-fun Camden Park.

On Sunday, Father's Day, the park gives some love to dads with $1 admission when another adult pays full price.

Located just five miles west of Huntington, Camden Park, which has been in operation since 1903, features more than 30 rides and attractions including the historic Big Dipper, kiddie rides, old-fashion Midway games, the Swan Lake Paddleboats, WV Adventure MiniGolf and Aunt Dovie's Petting Farm.

Admission is $16.49 when you buy online. Check out more information on Camden Park as well as coupons and discounts at or by calling 304-429-4321.

Rappel with dad

Looking for some high adventure fun? Go over to Carter Caves State Resort Park in Olive Hill, Kentucky,where from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 15, they are hosting a Natural Bridge Rappel.

For only $5 anyone ages six and older can rappel 60 down through this beautiful natural bridge and onto the banks of Cave Branch Creek below.

All gear is provided. Anyone ages 6 to 15 must have a legal guardian present. Anyone ages 16-17 must have a signed waiver from a legal guardian. Go online at for more info about Carter Caves.

Paddle and party with pops at Yak Fest and Tour de Coal

The 2019 Tour de Coal, one of the nation's largest kayak river float events, is set for June 15.

Organized by the Coal River Group, the 15th anniversary Tour De Coal is set to launch at 9 a.m. Saturday from Meadowood Park at the Upper Falls in Tornado, W.Va.

Last year, more than 1,600 paddlers came from 18 states to do the Tour De Coal as well as the Yak Fest in St. Albans.

Yak Fest will run 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 14 and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 15. There are five bands on Friday including Blues Crossing, Creek Don't Rise, and headliners Mountain Heart. There's seven bands with Fletcher's Grove and Yarn headlining.

Go online at for more information about Yak Fest and go online at for more info about Tour De Coal.

Raft or zip dad for free

On Father's Day, Adventures on the Gorge in Lansing, West Virginia, just a stone's throw north of the New River Gorge Bridge, is having a Father's Day special on Sunday, June 16.

Dad rafts (Lower New River, Upper New River, Family Lower New) and/or zips (TreeTops Canopy Tour or TimberTrek Adventure Park) for free with a paying adult on Father's Day, June 16.

And if he's a really great pops, buy him a cold one at Chetty's or Smokey's after the trip.

Call 855-271-2803 or go online at for more info.

Pints with pops

Head over to downtown Ashland from 1 to p.m. Saturday, June 15, as Ashland in Motion presents its fifth annual Firkin Fest.

Ashland's only craft beer festival features 147 craft beers, live music, local food, and regional retailers.

Bands at the fest include: Creek Don't Rise, The Handshake Deals, Chocolate Four Wheeler, Driftwood Gypsy and DJ Charlie Brown Superstar.

Beer vendors include a bunch of the finest regional breweries including Country Boy Brewing, West Sixth, Rhinegeist as well as some of the new kids on the block like Pikeville Brewery.

Some of the food vendors include:Suplex Tacos, Matney's Wood Fired Pizza, Dragonfly Outdoor Cafe

Smokin' J's Rib and Brewhouse, The Winchester and more.

Just a few of the regular vendors include: The Vault Market, Full Circle Gifts and Goods, New Leaf Oddities, Mountain Moverz, FatAsh Cigar Loungek, Buck's Records & Haircuts, Kentucky State Parks Foundation, West Va Woods and more.

Tickets may be purchased online at ( or at the following local retailers: Ashland Beverage Centre; Carter Avenue Beverage; Good Spirits; and Shamrock Liquors. General admission presale tickets are $25; day of event cost is $30. VIP admission presale tickets are $50; day of event cost is $55. VIP tickets may be purchased online only.

Event proceeds will benefit non-profit organization Ashland in Motion and sponsor future events and community initiatives.

To purchase tickets for the fifth annual Firkin Fest, visit

On the record with dad

Is your dad an audiophile? Then call up your pops and take some of that good vinyl and head over to the V Club, 741 6th Ave., at 8 p.m. Friday when they are hosting a Record Party.

Bring your favorite record in and hear it played on one of the best sound systems in town. All kinds of music welcome. This is a great way to connect with your fellow music lovers about your favorite albums and artists and share some tunes. Extra dad cool points if pops brings over some Dr. John, Leon Redbone and Roky Erickson and shares some of that greatness from the recently departed.

On Saturday, you can hear some great music live and local as the V Club presents a night with Nic Allen & The Troubled Minds, Walter DeBarr and W.D. Miller. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show is at 10 p.m. Cover is $7 for those 18 and up.

Car shows with dad

There's a couple good cruise-ins this weekend. From 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday, June 15 roll up to Portsmouth, Ohio, where the old-school Jim Dandy Drive In, 2348 Gallia Street (US52 E), Portsmouth, is having a cruise-in hosted by Ohio River Street Rodders.

While you're there, be sure and order up the Jim Dandy speciality, a Big Mo and Coke.

Also on Saturday, The Huntington Region AACA is hosting the 19th annual Ceredo Antique Auto Show at the Ceredo Plaza, on U.S. 60.

Registration is 9 a.m. to noon and is $10. There will be dash plaques, door prizes, trophies and more.

Spice it up with jazz and jambalaya

Get a great spicy combo of food and music at 5 p.m. Sunday, June 16 as The Clay Center hosts Jazz & Jambalaya 2019: A Bob Thompson Unit Reunion.

Hosted by West Virginia African American Philanthropy in Action, the event will feature a cooking demo with Louisiana Chef Al Barron and a Bob Thompson Unit Reunion Concert starring Charleston's own West Virginia Music Hall of Fame member Bob Thompson.

Show off those whiskers

Do you sometimes mistake your dad for Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top? Well, have we got the fun event for you.

From noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 15, Black Sheep Harley-Davidson, 408 4th St, Huntington, is hosting a parking lot party with a Beard Competition that is sponsored in part by Ohio Furnace Beard Company. Enjoy a live barber shop quartet from 1 to 3 p.m.. Official judging starts at 3 p.m. Go online at for more info.

Juneteenth on Saturday

From 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 15, from 5-9 p.m. head over to the North Plaza of the State Capitol Complex where they are hosting the annual Juneteenth celebration.

This year's headliner is Donell Jones, a Grammy-nominated R&B/Soul singer, songwriter and producer known for such charting albums as "Life Goes On," which hit No. 3 on the Billboard charts, and the No. 1 hits, "Where I Wanna Be" and "U Know What's Up."

The Juneteenth Celebration will also include performances by McKenzie and Jasmyne Gray, Wild & Wonderful WV Dancers (W3), QT Girl, Karma and 3 Chill, Leisha Gray, Kanawha Players, Jamela Brown, and Kingston Price.

Playing games with pops

Head to downtown Huntington where you are get your video game on with your pops at The Peddler, which serves up burgers and in-house made brews with an upstairs game room.

Just opened at Pullman Square is the new Quicksilver Arcade Bar.

Over at KYOVA Mall, NextLevel606 game shop is hosting Duos With Dads, a FortNite tournament that runs from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 15. The first place team will win a new Char-Broil Grill. The entry fee is $15. Next Level hosts e-sports, video game tournaments, b-day parties, and fantasy sports.Call 614-787-6020 and go online at

Discs with dad

Van Man Discs is hosting the King Of The Course at Rotary Park's Indian Rock course on Sunday, June 16.

The tournament is part of a new five tournament series called the "King of the Courses" that will be one tourney every month for five months this year. They will rotate the location around the local area (Portsmouth, Ashland, Huntington and Barboursville).

Go online at for more information.


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