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As one of several events planned for the Appalachian Festival, Taste of Beckley will be featured on Saturday, August 25 from 5:00 – 8:30 p.m. in uptown Beckley.  The festive block party will offer a variety of food, entertainment & fun for all.

Entertainment will feature the New River Jazz Band performing at 5:30 p.m. near the corner of Main and Heber Streets.  Shane Ingram and Kevin Green will perform on Neville Street at 6:00 p.m., followed by Lost Cannon Bluegrass Bandat 6:30 pm, and the Long Point String Band will take the stage near the intersection of Fayette & Main Streets at 7:00 p.m.  Southern Communications will have an Oreo stacking contest on Main Street around 6:35 p.m.  Faith Community Church and the Beckley Events Youth Council will offer family activities.  A free mini-golf course will be set up in Shoemaker Square.  The Raleigh Artist Coalition will have several booths in The Underground area.

Restaurants, organizations and event vendors will set up booths along Main, Heber & Neville Streets selling their specialties to the community.  Vendors sell items on their own, so tickets are not required.   From restaurant specialties to fair food favorites, a variety of cuisine will be available.  A panel of celebrity judges and the public will vote for their favorites.  If judged as the best in any of the categories, the entry will receive a certificate to display.  Celebrity judges will vote for individual categories including best appetizer, entree’, sandwich, dessert, and most attractive booth.  The public can vote for the Peoples’ Choice Booth — the ballot box will be located at the event headquarters’ booth near the Federal plaza on Heber Street.

Other Appalachian Festival activities held uptown include Friday in the Park held at Word Park on Neville Street on August 24.  Lost Cannon Bluegrass Band will perform at 11:30 a.m., followed by the Shane Ingram duo at 12:20 p.m.  Food vendors sell lunch at the park. For more festival information, contact the Chamber at 304-252-7328 or visit www.appalachianfestival.net.

Sponsors: Jan Care Ambulance, Irish Heritage Festival & City of Beckley

Entertainment:

Music by New River Jazz Band – 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. – Main Street (RC Annex)
Music by Shane Ingram & Kevin Green – 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. – Neville Street
Music by Lost Cannon Bluegrass Band – 6:30 – 7:00 pm – Neville Street
Oreo Cookie Stacking Contest hosted by 103CIR & Walmart – Reg. 6:30pm, Main Street
Music by The Lilly Mountaineers – 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. – Fayette & Main Street
Children’s Activities by Faith Community Church &  Beckley Events Youth Council
Free mini-golf course by Bopping Heads Entertainment in Shoemaker Square
The Raleigh Theatre’s Artist Coalition booths displaying in The Underground

Vendors:

Restaurants: Bojangles, Chick-fil-A, Chilson’s Grill, Fosters Tavern, Publicity,
Hebrews, Qdoba, Roma’s, Yummi Japan
Other Food Vendors: A+ Ice Italian Ice, Beckley Exhibition Mine Fudge,
Carothers & Sons Italian Ice, Faith Community Church, Flynn’s Hotdogs,
Hamrick’s Concessions & Catering, Inspiration Bakery, Jan Care Ambulance,
Lou Lou’s Lil Orbits, The Lunch Wagon, One Voice, Sage N Thyme, Taya & Abraham’s International Grocer, Tea Time
Non-food vendors: Piney Creek Watershed, RC Veterans Museum, RC Democrats, Taste! WV Magazine

All downtown parking is FREE on weekends!

Enjoy another Appalachian Festival Event: Friday, August 24 th – Friday in the
Park, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Word Park, Neville Street – food vendors & music:
11:30 am – Lost Cannon Bluegrass Band; 12:20 pm – Shane Ingram;

Other Appalachian events at www.appalachianfestival.net