19th annual Coalton Days to celebrate community heritage

A 19th annual celebration of community heritage – Coalton Days 2013 – is scheduled to continue through Sunday.

Coalton Days started as a centennial celebration, and it continues as a summer festival and local homecoming. Organizers said Coalton Days serve as an opportunity for people who once lived in Coalton or attended Coalton High School to return to the town and take part in a celebration with local residents.

Located in Randolph County, Coalton – originally known as Womelsdorf and incorporated in 1895 – has a population of about 225. During Coalton Days, that population exceeds 2,000 people, as young and old gather for food, fun and community heritage.

One highlight each year is the list of celebrities and dignitaries attending the celebration and participating in the parade. This year West Virginia University Athletic Director Oliver Luck and men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins head the list and give the celebration a Gold-and-Blue theme.

Festivities include the Miss Coalton Pageant, which will start at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Friday’s events will include a shooting match at the VFW and a deejay playing family-friendly tunes at the Coalton Park at 7 p.m.

The biggest events of the celebration come on Saturday, starting early with the Vince Ross 5K Walk and Run at 9 a.m. on the Railroad grade. Craft and concession stands also will open at 9 a.m. The tractor pull, car show and mini pony show all will start at 10 a.m. The book exchange will open in City Hall at 11 a.m.

Coalton Day’s parade starts at 2 p.m. on Main Street.

Also on Saturday, visitors can enjoy a lawn mower race at 4 p.m., a karaoke contest at 5:30 p.m. in Coalton Park and food at numerous locations. Musical entertainment for Sunday night features the Nothing Fancy Band from 6 to 8 p.m. at the school gym.

For more information on Coalton Days, anyone interested can visit www.coaltondays.com.