Hurricane's July 4th parade set

HURRICANE — Hurricane's annual 4th of July celebration starts with a parade on Main Street at 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 4.

After the parade, head over to Hurricane City Park for music, contests, giveaways, food and more from 5 until 10 p.m.

The evening will be capped with a big fireworks display.

County fair will run July 13-20

ELEANOR — The 2019 Putnam County Fair will take place from July 13-20 at the Putnam County Fairgrounds, Eleanor.

Carnival, entertainment, track events, rodeo, livestock shows and sale, exhibits, and food. Regular admission is $10 daily; weekly pass is $40.

Entertainment includes Joe Diffie; Mikele Buck; The Rhinestone Roper; Inheritance; Makenna Hope; The Builders Quartet; Dale Harper & The Highlanders; Treble Makers; and Scott Honaker.

See a complete schedule of events, purchase passes and more at

Valley Park Night Market on July 11

HURRICANE — The next Valley Park Night Market is set for 6-8 p.m. on July 11.

The Valley Park Night Market not only has an indoor farmer's market, but also vendors featuring local artisans, food trucks and tents as well as live music, plus fun stuff for the whole family like a bounce house, sidewalk chalk art, a 40-yard dash and a ninja warrior obstacle competition.

You might even win free passes to the Wave Pool or Waves of Fun.

Sponsored by Classic Hits, 100.9 Charleston and 102.3 Huntington, The MIX. Visit

Foster parent info meeting on July 9

HURRICANE — Do you want to be a foster parent, but don't know where to start? You are invited to an informational meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9, at River Ridge Church.

The one-hour meeting will be led by Jessica Harrison, one of Necco's home resource coordinators, and will include an overview of the process one goes through in order to be a foster parent. The meeting is free and open to the public.

The church is located at 1 Saturn Way, Hurricane.

Veteran's Fun Run 5K planned for July 6

ELEANOR — A Veteran's Fun Run 5K is planned for 9 a.m. July 6, Eleanor (park at the fire station). This is a fundraising event and all proceeds will go to the VFW/American Legion. Along with the 5K, hot dogs and bottled water will be for sale alongside with free popsicles. Entry fee for the 5K is $20; additional donations are welcome. Registration for the run will be at the Eleanor Fire Station from 7:30 until 8:45 a.m. on race day.

For more information, contact Marcus Hartwell or Luke Goodwin at 304-932-1917/304-941-7829 or follow the race on Facebook at

Food Truck Fridays continue in Hurricane

HURRICANE — Food Truck Fridays continue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Friday through September by the Main Street Gazebo in Hurricane. Take a break from the office, or plan to meet up with friends to sample food from one or more of the area's most popular food trucks and sweet treat trucks.

Putnam libraries host Feel Good Fridays

TEAYS VALLEY — Feel Good Fridays are at Putnam Libraries, 9-10 a.m. at a different library each Friday through the end of July. Each week in July, we'll meet you at a different location near one of our branches to go outside, get moving, and have a feel-good Friday!

This is a great opportunity for all ages to get to know their community and be active together. Remaining schedule is as follows: July 5, Eleanor Library; July 12, Poca Library; July 19, Buffalo Library; July 26, Hurricane City Park.

Putnam County Farmers Market open

HURRICANE — Putnam County Farmers Market is open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday through October in front of the Valley Park Conference Center.

All vendors are local, within a 100-mile radius, or from West Virginia.

You'll find in-season produce, locally raised meat, farm fresh eggs, home baked goods, local honey, fresh flowers, berries, handmade jewelry and crafts, and so much more from local farmers and artisans.

Ridenour Lake catfish tourney set for July 19

NITRO — The Ridenour Regatta Catfish Tournament is set for 6-11 p.m. on Friday, July 19, at Ridenour Lake in Nitro.

There is a $15 entry fee and a two-pole max. All fishing will be done from the lake's bank. Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded. The top five fish on the string will be weighed to determine the winners.

Signups will be the day of the event, beginning at 5 p.m. at the lake's gazebo. Food concessions will be available.

For more information call Tournament Director Jim Caudill at 304-421-5187.

Charity art auction coming to Nitro

NITRO — A one-day festival that will support new classes for a special education program dealing with art is set to occur on Saturday, July 27, at Nitro City Park.

The Wine on the River and Charity Art Auction is being held to draw attention to local artisans and kindergarten through 12th-grade students.

Portions of the proceeds will benefit local art classes that are geared for special need students at Nitro Elementary and Nitro High Schools.

"There is a lot of excellent art talent in the area and the auction will help showcase their skills," said Kim Dunaway, the event's director. Gates open for the event at 1:30 p.m., with the wine tasting starting at 2 p.m. and continuing until 7 p.m. The charity art auction will begin at 4 p.m.

Admission for the Wine Tasting will be $15 and may be purchased in advance by PayPal at


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