Coalton Days set to return on Saturday
COALTON — After being canceled last year due to COVID-19, the annual Coalton Days Celebration will return on Saturday with a full slate of free events and special guests making appearances throughout the day.
“People are really worked up about this year’s event, we’re going to have a big crowd,” said Coalton resident Mike Ross, who sponsors the event.
“We’ve had people calling from all over the country to make sure we were still having it. I actually had a guy from Georgia call and tell me that he has never missed an event and that he would definitely be here on Saturday.”
Some of the special guests attending include West Virginia head basketball coach Bob Huggins and U.S. Senator Joe Manchin. Ross said some other public figures were invited and may attend, but many of them could not commit 100 percent.
“Bob (Huggins) is really good with people and folks take a lot of pictures with him while he’s here,” Ross told The Inter-Mountain Tuesday. “He really enjoys coming and meeting fans.
“(WVU head football coach) Neal (Brown) is on the fence because he has a lot going on with them being right in the middle of starting up football season, but he’s going to try to make it. We have people from all walks of life come in and everybody gets the same invitation, and that’s telling them to come on down and have a good time.”
During the event Ross’ front yard is transformed into Coalton Days Central as his lawn is used not only to host his renowned dinner, which will feature spaghetti and meatballs, italian sausage and tomato salad, but will also be filled with free carnival rides for the kids from Gambill Amusement.
An ice cream truck will also be on the lawn and will be stocked with enough cold treats to cater to 1,500 children. Entertainment joining in the festivities on Ross’ lawn will include the Mountain Memories Band from the Gandy Dancer Theatre, an accordion player from Fairmont, and a piano player from Gassaway. After the parade, a karaoke session is planned.
“I like hosting the event because I like to see people have a good time,” Ross said. “Especially the kids, it’s nice to be able to see them out having fun — they really enjoy it. Plus it brings a lot of people back home who grew up in the area of Coalton, Norton and Elkins. It’s nice to get together with people you haven’t seen for a while.”
Saturday’s celebration will begin at 8 a.m. with the 5K Walk at the Coalton City Park. The Wood Chopping Contest and Car Show are scheduled for 10 a.m., and local artist Gracie Metheny will perform in the park at 11 a.m. The parade will get underway at 3 p.m.