Commission provides funding to two events

The Inter-Mountain photo by Tim MacVean Coalton Mayor Jim Rossi, right, shakes hands with Randolph County Commissioner Mark Scott after receiving funds for the annual Coalton Days Celebration that will take place from June 12 through June 16. Also pictured are Randolph County Commission President Mike Taylor, second from left, and Randolph County Commissioner Chris See, third from left.

ELKINS — The Randolph County Commission made monetary contributions to assist two upcoming area events during their bi-monthly meeting.

Commissioners unanimously approved $5,000 contributions to both the annual Coalton Days Celebration and Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce Fourth of July Celebration. The total $10,000 in funds will be taken from the hotel/motel tax budget line.

Coalton Mayor Jim Rossi made the request on behalf of the Coalton Days Committee.

“Coalton Days, as you know, is an annual thing. It started out as a homecoming in 1995 as a centennial celebration and today it has grown into some things we can’t handle in terms of budget,” he said. “It’s getting more and more expensive to do it. The state did give us money but now they have cut it drastically so I’m here today on behalf on the Coalton Days Committee to request funding from the county commission to help assist.”

Rossi said the annual event supplies residents and visitors with a wide variety of activities including pageants, carnival rides, food vendors, a talent show and more.

“On Saturday, we have a lot of activities ranging from a 5K run to a car show to entertainment and most of the entertainment is local,” he said. “We try to bring in local talent to do all the shows – the singing, dancing and so forth.”

He added the event, which takes place from June 12 through June 16, generates revenue for the county.

“It does increase revenue in the county because a lot of people come in because it’s a homecoming for a lot of people,” Rossi said. “I know last year, we stopped off at (Vintage Restaurant and Wine Bar) the day after and there must have been 20 of us. We had a little class reunion. They stayed in hotels around Elkins, they eat at restaurants, they buy groceries because a lot of them have cookouts. It’s a major activity. It’s small but it does have an impact.”

“Well, we appreciate it. I know it brings a big crowd and a lot of it depends on the weather, too,” Randolph County Commission President Mike Taylor said.

“We’ve went 21 years without it raining on our parade,” Rossi replied. “Unfortunately it rained last year but we handled it.”

Also during Thursday’s meeting, Wendy Hill, Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce executive director, requested funds for the Fourth of July celebration.

“We have our fireworks scheduled right now for June 30. It is in conjunction with the car show weekend,” Hill said. “It is something we thought would be a nice fit to give the tourists coming in for the car show as well as the community something to do that weekend.”

The chamber in conjunction with Davis & Elkins College will provide a concert by the Davisson Brothers Band prior to the fireworks being set off.

“We are also partnering with Davis & Elkins College, that’s where the fireworks will be held. They have secured the Davisson Brothers for that weekend,” she said. “The band will start at 8 p.m. and the fireworks will begin at 10 p.m. We are looking for some vendors. D&E is looking to do some sort of goody bag whether it is kettle corn, lemonade, ice cream or something for the children that will be there that evening.”

Randolph County Commissioner Chris See said he believes the event will be good for area youngsters.

“That sounds like fun,” See said prior to the request being approved.