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Lewis, Upshur counties prepared for July 4

June 30, 2011
The Inter-Mountain

The Lewis and Upshur County communities have special events and activities planned for their annual Fourth of July celebrations.

In Lewis County, the Weston Volunteer Fire Department will host its annual Firemen's Festival, beginning at 4 p.m. Monday with the coronation of the Flame Queen at the fire department. Fire trucks from area departments will then line up for a 5 p.m. parade through town, ending at the athletic field at Robert L. Bland Middle School.

Events at the school kick off at 6 p.m. with the official crowning of the Flame Queen. There will be concessions, games and firefighter competitions throughout the evening. The Hillbilly Gypsies will take the stage at 7 p.m., and a fireworks display is scheduled for 10:15 p.m.

The gates open immediately following the parade, and there is a $5 admission fee. The one-day event serves as a fundraiser for the volunteer department.

In Upshur County, the West Virginia Strawberry Festival Association will help the community celebrate the red, white and blue and the patriotism of America on Saturday at the Recreation Center and the Freal Crites Stadium at the Buckhannon-Upshur High School

Gates open at 5 p.m. The cost is $5 per car load.

The swimming pool at the Recreation Park will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.; there is an additional $2 per person charge for swimming.

A variety of activities will be planned for the youth, including bounce houses, face painting, races and a visit from the clowns.

Adults will be entertained by the Stonestreet Band as the main attraction. Entertainment will also be provided from the Strawberry Idol competition.

All ages will be spellbound by the spectacular fire work display, which is once again provided by Premier Pyrotecknics. Sponsorships are requested for assistance for the fireworks. Call Vicky Kelley, president of the West Virginia Strawberry Festival, at 304-472-9036 or Randy Carrico or Steve Hollen, co-directors for the July 4 celebration. Leave a message at the festival office at 304-472-9036.

Fireworks are a special addition to the celebration and the more sponsors who participate the bigger the presentation will be, a spokesperson said.

Concessions will be available for the evening and a few surprises are also expected.

"This celebration is a salute to our many men and women who are serving in the military. The celebration is also in honor of the many veterans who have served their nation," the spokesperson said. "July 4 is a time to show patriotism to the greatest country in the world. Wear your red, white and blue and bring your family to the July 4 celebration and share the excitement with all who attend."

Organizations who want to participate may call Carrico at 304-203-8199.



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