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Region readies to celebrate 4th of July holiday weekend

ELKINS — Randolph and the surrounding counties will come to life this weekend as an explosion of entertainment is planned to celebrate the Fourth of July.

This year marks the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began that Independence Day celebrations will run at full strength, and organizers are working hard to make sure this year’s festivities are enjoyable for all.

Randolph County has a full weekend of blowouts planned as an array of events are scheduled at two separate locations — downtown Elkins and Harman.

The celebration will begin Friday in Elkins as the Mountain State Street Machines’ Independence Day Weekend Car Show gets underway with a cruise-in at Elkins Town Square from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.

The cars will return on Saturday for a car show from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. A free concert featuring Santa Cruz will begin at 6 p.m. on the Rotary Amphitheater stage. The concert is part of Our Town’s summer concert schedule.

The day will be capped off with a fireworks display at approximately 9:30 p.m. Food vendors are expected to be set up around the Train Depot and Town Square most of the day.

Harman’s festivities will be on Monday and will begin at 8 a.m., when vendors and crafters open for business in conjunction with a yard sale and flea market. A car and tractor show will begin at 9 a.m. and there will be face painting for children at 11 a.m.

Chicken barbecue dinners will be available for purchase during the event a parade will take place at noon. The Soda Pop Gypsies Band will perform from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and fireworks will begin at dark. All the events will take place at the Harman Fire Hall.

In Pocahontas County, Snowshoe Resort has a full day of live entertainment scheduled for Saturday on the Village State as Lilly Comer kicks off things off at 1 p.m. At the same time a salsa competition to benefit Challenged Athletes of West Virginia will begin and run until 4 p.m.

The Bing Brothers (3 p.m.), Berth (5:30 p.m.) and Beggars Clan (8 p.m.) will follow Comer on the stage, and a mountain top fireworks display will end the day at 9:30 p.m.

On Sunday, the Forever Wild 5k Trail Run/Hike will hold registration from 8:30 a.m. until 9 a.m. The event will get underway at 10 a.m. at Silver Creek. Awards for the 5k will be at the Village State at 11 a.m. and Bubble Gum Blowing Competition is slated for 11:15 a.m. A Seed Spitting Competition will be at 11:45 a.m. and an Ice Cream Eating Contest at 12:30 p.m.

Elkins’ own Shane Meade will take to the stage with his band the Sound at 1 p.m., followed by the Appalachian Jazz Project (3 p.m.). Settlement (6 p.m.) and Jared Stout Band (8:30 p.m.).

Buckhannon’s celebration will be Friday and will begin at 5 p.m. in and around Jawbone Park. The Masons will first take to the park stage, and the Stockert Youth and Community Center drill team and Elite Twirlers will perform on South Florida Street at 6 p.m.

Stonestreet, which will play a variety of Top 40 hits, will take to the park stage at 6:30 p.m. and Elite Rivals will perform on South Florida Street at 8:30 p.m. Gary Palumbo will follow Stonestreet’s performance at 9 p.m. and Fireworks are projected to take to the sky at approximately 9:45 p.m. There will also be a rock-climbing wall, cartoon inflatables and a bounce house up and running during Friday’s festivities.

Barbour County will also offer its celebration on Friday, beginning with a parade line-up at the Barbour County Fairgrounds at 6 p.m. Food, craft vendors and live music will set the atmosphere and fireworks are expected to start at dark.

There is no gate fee for the event. Barbour County Parks and Recreation, along with the Barbour County Commission, are co-sponsoring the evening’s events.

In Tucker County, the annual Mountaineer Days Fourth of July Festival will get underway in Thomas at 8 a.m. on Saturday with a 5k/2k race. Food and craft vendors will open for business at 10 a.m. and Split Shifter’s Classic Car Club Show will begin at 11 a.m. at the Thomas Community Center Field.

A Patriotic Bicycle and Pet Decorating Contest will also be at 11 a.m. A parade down the streets of Thomas will begin at noon, and a cakewalk sponsored by the Mountaineer Humane Society will start at 1 p.m.

Entertainment will be offered in downtown Thomas throughout the day, beginning with a performance from Trevor Reichman at 11 a.m. Heather Hanna and Company (2:30 p.m.), Jason Good Blues Band (4 p.m.), Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers (5:30 p.m.) and 49 Winchester (7:30 p.m.) will also perform.

The 65th Annual Fireworks Display by the Thomas Volunteer Fire Department will begin at dark.

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