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Last chance to check out a fair before summer comes to a close

August 10, 2018

Most of the region’s county fairs have come and gone, but we’ve still got a couple to roll through this weekend, including the Scioto County Fair in Lucasville, Ohio, and the Mason County Fair just north of Point Pleasant. The Scioto County Fair has Tracy Lawrence performing on Friday night. Rising up-and-comer Mo Pitney plays the Mason County Fair on Friday.

You can supersize your fair fun as The 94th annual State Fair of West Virginia opened Thursday, Aug. 9, outside of Lewisburg with 10 days of fun through Saturday, Aug. 18.

The 2018 concert series opened Thursday, Aug. 9, with a sold-out show featuring Luke Combs and special guest Josh Phillips. Chris Young will return to the grandstand stage with Adam Doleac on Friday, Aug. 10. Saturday, MercyMe will take the stage with Travis Greene. Sunday, Sesame Street Live! C is for Celebration will have two shows for children of all ages. Other concerts include 38 Special, The Southern Uprising Tour featuring Travis Tritt, The Charlie Daniels Band and The Marshall Tucker Band, along with Buckin’ B Bull Ride with Phil Vassar. Free grandstand shows include Uncle Si and the Sicotics, Ben & Noel Haggard and Chris Knight.

All concert tickets and details can be found at www.statefai-rofwv.com or by calling 1-800-514-ETIX (3849). For more information, please visit www.statefairofwv.com, or follow fair events on Facebook and Twitter.

Ain’t no party like a pre-party

There’s not one but two big festival pre-parties this weekend. Byron Roberts’ sold out Kickin’ It On the Creek festival in September dials up that wild festival spirit this weekend as the V Club, 741 6th Ave., welcomes in two killer Lexington bands, Magnolia Boulevard and The Wooks, accompanied by the pride of the Queen City, Buffalo Wabs and the Price Hill Hustle. All are set to play at 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10. Cover is $10 advance or $12 at the door.

Saturday night is the first official pre-party for Funktafest 2018 at the V Club. Come and check out three funktastic West Virginia acts that will be playing the festival on Sept. 29.

Playing Saturday are a couple Charleston acts, Beggars Clan and DJ Charlie Blac, and Huntington’s regionally traveling jam unit The Settlement. Cover is $8 or buy a Funktafest allaccess pass for $25.

Go online at https://funktafest.com/ for more info, and go online at vclublive.com to see more upcoming shows including an Aug. 15 concert with Gangstagrass.

Get outside

School is about to start, so you better get in some good outdoors fun. Head up to the Huntington Museum of Art at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, when the The Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District and museum staff are teaming up for a Summer Picnic Hike. Join the GHPRD recreation team and HMA nature trail docents for a hike of about two miles on the nature trails at the Huntington Museum of Art, followed by a light picnic and a naturebased craft. This free outdoor summer activity is open to the public.

A map of the trail is available to view or print at https://www.hmoa.org/assets/pdfs/2017/hma-trail-map.pdf

For more information, contact GHPRD recreation superintendent Stacey Leep at sleep@ghprd.org or call 304-696-5954, or HMA museum and schools coordinator Cindy Dearborn at cdearborn@hmoa.org or call 304-529-2701.

At 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, head out to Beech Fork State Park headquarters building, where a Star Party is scheduled. People can enjoy hot chocolate and watch the Perseid meteor shower, as well as look at constellations, planets, satellites, and more. If the sky is clear, you be able to see Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Astronomers will be present to answer questions, and telescopes to see these awesome celestial bodies. Bring a chair, lie back, sip hot chocolate, and enjoy the evening at Beech Fork State Park. Open to the public without charge.

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