Beckley Events Committee plans Drive-in Events

Beckley’s Events Committee is pleased to announce a few upcoming drive-in events.

The committee hopes to offer drive-in Music in the Park at New River Park. On Saturday, August 29, a drive-in session will include Shane Ingram at the park shelter at 5:15 pm, and then, Jim Snyder will perform on the stage from 6-7 pm, weather-permitting. A few food vendors may be serving concessions between 5:00-7:00 pm. Only 36 car spots will be available at the drive-in event – free car passes can be picked up in advance at the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine. Attendees should stay with their vehicles during the show, unless visiting concessions where
they should wear a mask and social distance. The August 28-29 weekend was the original dates for the Appalachian Festival. The Appalachian Festival had to be cancelled, with the Makers Market being postponed until October. According to the committee, “We hope that people will cooperate by social distancing to keep everyone safe, and maybe we can offer more drive-in events in the future.”

The Kids Classic Festival will not be able to happen in its usual matter. However, the committee wants to offer a few family alternatives – a Kids Day at New River Park, plus a home run derby, drive-in movie and fireworks in the Little League area. The Kids Day at the Park will be a drive-in event so families will stay in their vehicles to watch. Three sessions (10:00 am, 11:30 am and 1:00 pm) will be available on Saturday, September 5. The event will consist of seeing children’s characters and watching jugglers and a mini-circus aerial acrobatics performance by Cincinnati
Circus. Plus, the United Bank Kids Classic Arcade will present gift bags with toys to children. Only 36 vehicle spots per session will be available – anyone wishing to attend should pick up a car pass ($5) from the Youth Museum in advance. The event is supported by Mac’s Toy Fund, United Bank, Ward Law Office and the City of Beckley.

A home run derby, drive-in movie and a fireworks display will happen the evening of September 5. The home run derby will begin at 7 pm at Beckley Little League, and a drive-in outdoor family movie will begin around 8 pm in the lot between the Convention Center and Little League. The movie is free to attend, but anyone interested needs to pick up one of the limited car passes at the Youth Museum. The fireworks can be watched at no charge from the other Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center lots or the Little League lot – please park every other space. The fireworks display by Pyrotecnio is sponsored by a Fairs & Festivals grant from the WV Division of Arts, Culture and History and the City of Beckley.

Two other events have been happening downtown (started in July and will continue to early September). For a fair food fix, check out food vendors at Word Park on Fridays between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm, weather-permitting. Three vendors have been participating: The Lunch Wagon (BBQs, chicken sandwiches, fries, ice cream, milkshakes), Flynn’s hotdogs, and Tea Time (tea, lemonade, pepperoni rolls, pasta salad). Also, farmers market vendors are setting up booths at the Beckley Intermodal Gateway Plaza (top of parking garage) on Neville Street on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3-5 pm.

For more information about events, follow Beckley Events on Facebook or call 304-256-1776.

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