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Cool off or splash down in the Tri-State

August 31, 2018
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Belly dancing troop Final Form Fusion arrives in cosplay during the Power Up: Retro Video Game Convention during the 2017 convention. The Big Sandy Superstore Arena Conference Center will hosts this year's convention on Saturday, Sept. 1.

While some pools have already closed, including Dreamland Pool and Water-Ways water park, we’ve still got some awesome places to splash down in the region through Labor Day.

Head out to area lakes — Beech Fork Lake, East Lynn, Grayson Lake and Lake Vesuvius which all have swimming beaches that are open through Labor Day. Note that East Lynn is also open for swimming through the fall until winter draw down.

Waterpark fun can be had at Waves of Fun at Valley Park, 1 Valley Park Drive, Hurricane, which is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Plans are to be open Labor Day. Call before you go. Adult admission is $10, $8 per child, $6 for seniors and military members, kids aged 4 and under are free. But there is half-price admission this week. Call 304-562-0518.

ACE Wonderland Water Park at ACE Adventure Resort, in Oak Hill, West Virginia, is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily until Labor Day then they will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sundays in September. The last day will be Sunday, Sept. 30.

Locally, the A.D. Lewis Community Center Swimming Pool, 1450 A.D. Lewis Ave., Huntington, will be open for after-school hours, 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The pool hopes to be open through Labor Day. Admission is free, donations are accepted. Bring towels and your own concessions (no alcohol allowed). Contact is 304-696-5908.

Power Up for video game fun

The Big Sandy Superstore Arena Conference Center gets turned into the Tri-State’s coolest arcade for the fifth annual Power Up! Retro Video Game Convention that runs from 11 a. m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1.

Admission is $7 and $1 for kids to head into the fun house that is Power Up, where there will be more than 20 vendors, artists and exhibits. Enjoy a fully stocked game room, arcade cabinets, pinball consoles, local developers and free tabletop gaming as well as a Magic: The Gathering tournament.

Vendors include: Forever Games, Bryan’s Video Trader, Third Floor Comics and Collectibles, Time Warp Games and Collectibles,2nd Chance Games, Rare Drops, Play It Retro, Hometown Hobbies, Lasso Games, PlanetPlush, Nerdtopia, Holly Shivel — Upcycled Art!, Joe’s Magical Foundation, Geeky Gazelle, Rusty Shackles, Tony Breeden, Burrito Princess, Fox Valley Retro — Buyers Club, Doomsday Designs, Planet Earth Toys, Maddy’s Marvels, Herd-Con, Tsubasacon, Cinciclassic and Critically Absurd TV.

Although such fests as Char-Con in Charleston and Tsubasacon in Huntington have some tabletop gaming, Power Up is one of the only video game-concentrated cons in the region. Go online at www.facebook.com/poweruprvgc/ and www.bigsandyarena.com for more info.

Park it at Camden

Enjoy a last big weekend blast of summer at the family run Camden Park, West Virginia’s only amusement park.

The park, located just five miles west of Huntington (at the sign of the Happy Clown), will be open 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday (Labor Day).

At 7 p.m. Saturday, and 8:30 p.m. enjoy a rock concert by local favorites Cutler Station followed by fireworks at dark. There will also be music Sunday at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. with the Backyard Dixie Jazz Stompers while Monday is a service member discount (with valid ID members of the Armed Services getting in for $1).

After Labor Day, the park will be open 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays in September, before being open Friday and Saturday nights in October for their annual Spooktacular.

Go online at www.camdenpark.com for more information about the historic park which has more than 30 rides and attractions.

One dark and spooky night

Beech Fork State Park has tons of fun planned this weekend from a whatever floats race and fishing contest to a Labor Day yard games.

There’s also two cool storytelling events happening this weekend. At 8:30 p.m. Saturday, meet the naturalist at the old cabin by the boat launch for some ghost stories.

And at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, head over to the activities room where nationally traveling storyteller Bill Lepp, a fivetime WV state liar’s champ, will be giving a free concert.

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