With Elkins' population getting ready to swell with visitors to the 74th Mountain State Forest Festival, driving and parking can be difficult. Elkins Police Chief H.R. White said there are some changes to traffic patterns and parking that residents and visitors need to keep in mind.
"People should not park in marked 'no parking' areas, in front of driveways or on private property," White said. "We have to tow people every year."
According to White, the majority of the street closures are due to the carnival downtown and the three parades. The Parade of Children will be on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. along Davis Avenue and Pardi Gras will follow. White said Davis Avenue will remain closed for both events. Also opening on Sunday at 1 p.m. will be the carnival, which will close Third Street and Railroad Avenue for the week.
Davis Avenue, Fifth Street and Randolph Avenue will be closed on Oct. 8 for the Fireman's Parade at 8 p.m. and on Oct. 9 for the Grand Feature Parade beginning at 1 p.m.
"We will bag the meters before hand," White said. "We will do everything we can do to prevent parking on the parade routes."
White warned that anyone who parks on the parade route or on the bypass route during the parades will be towed at the owner's expense. The bypass route will begin at the Iron Horse statue and will include Sycamore Street, Boundary Avenue, High Street, Boyd Street and Locust Avenue.
On Oct. 8, Hemlock Avenue will be closed for Kid's Day. Later in the day at 6 p.m., the block of Davis Avenue between Fifth Street and Fourth Street will be closed for a performance by the Toronto Winged Wheels.
The Boy Scouts of America will provide parking in the railyard on Oct. 8 and Oct. 9 for $5 per vehicle and money raised will benefit Troop 88. The troop also will have parking at the First United Methodist Church throughout the week at a cost of $5.
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