ELKINS - The Elkins area is brimming with events just waiting to create long-lasting memories for area residents this July 4 weekend.
The Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce will set off a cascade of fireworks in Glendale Park at 9:30 p.m. Friday with the help of the Beverly Fire Department.
Although residents are not permitted to enter the park around dusk Friday, Jessica Arbogast, executive director of the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce, said the fireworks will be visible from anywhere downtown.
The annual God and Country Rally will be held at noon Friday in the Jennings Randolph Federal Center in Elkins. The Rally includes patriotic songs, watermelon, acts of fellowship and a focus on God and the Constitution. Sponsored by Ambassador Ministries and the WV Patriots, groups or businesses interested in participating may call 304-704-7498.
Those looking for a change of pace can catch a ride on the New Tygart Flyer traveling from Elkins to High Falls as part of the functions hosted by the Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the train will take its 46-mile round-trip starting at 11 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m. Those interested can reserve tickets and obtain more information by going to mountainrailwv.com/choose-a-train/tygart-flyer.
The New Tygart Flyer will also host a Mountain Explorer Dinner Train from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Saturday. The train will make its 46-mile trip to High Falls of Cheat as passengers enjoy a dinner onboard. More details may also be found at mountainrailwv.com/choose-a-train/tygart-flyer.
At 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, the American Mountain Theater on Martin Street will offer a two-hour show featuring music, comedy skits and an entertaining sense of humor between its cast members. The Theater plans on revisiting old favorites while keeping up and altering its show selections each new season. For tickets and more information, call 800- 943-3670 or go to www.americanmountaintheater.com.
The Gandy Dancer will host a regular dinner show on Saturday. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. and the show at 7 p.m. Those going can receive special discount coupons from the Steer Steakhouse, and may receive the "4th of July Special" as well. Those in need of more information can call 304-636-4935.
The town of Harman will be hosting it first of potentially many 4th of July celebrations on Friday.
The first annual Harman Volunteer Fire Department July 4th Celebration will kick off with vendors, crafts, a flea market and a community yard-sale at 9 a.m. Friday. Vendors will stay open until they choose to close.
At 11 a.m. children are invited to participate in games and other activities.
At noon a chicken barbecue dinner consisting of a half of chicken, baked beans, coleslaw, a roll, and a drink will be available to the public. A DJ will provide music for the celebration.
The parade line-up will begin at 12:30 p.m., with the parade starting at 1 p.m. A hot dog-eating contest at Cooper's Store will follow at 2 p.m., with a corn-hole tournament at 3 p.m. at the firehouse's red building.
Participants interested in competing in the corn-hole tournament may begin registering at 2:30 p.m. at the tournament building.
At 4 p.m. firemen will collect donations for next year's fireworks. The fireworks display will begin promptly at dusk.
In the event of rain, the celebration will be moved from Friday to Saturday, featuring all the same festivities.
On Friday, the town of Coalton will hold an annual fundraiser in the Coalton Volunteer Fire Department building to benefit the George D. Broschart Memorial Scholarship.
Events include a hot dog sale at 6 p.m., with a cakewalk following at 7 p.m. A 50/50 raffle will also be held throughout the evening.
Just off Faulkner Road in Bowden, Smoke on the Water will feature two bands known as The MudDevils and Cross Town Traffic, beginning at 7 p.m. Friday.
Fireworks will begin at dusk Friday at Revelle's River Resort, a neighboring campground. An admission fee will be required.
High among the mountains, Helvetia will hold its monthly square dance on Saturday, beginning at 8 p.m. in the Community Hall. The dance will feature the Helvetia Star Band and an admission fee is required. More information can be found at www.helvetiawv.com.