Community First: soak up local fun this summer

 

Morgan McKinniss - Tribune2 - Mary

The 2017 OVB Muddy Nights Volleyball squad in action. This year’s Muddy Nights Mud Volleyball Tournament will return to the Gallia County Fairgrounds June 16. The event will raise money for the fair relocation project.

 

After a cold winter, summer is finally in full swing. Along with schools on extended break, summer is time for picnics, pool fun and outdoor activities. Locally, this summer is shaping up to be an exciting one.

From festivals to events for the whole family, area residents can make the most of their summer without traveling far. The best part is most community events are free or at little cost, which means you can enjoy summer fun without stretching your wallet.

Many area events kick-off this month, including Bikes & BBQ in Point Pleasant, W.Va. Bikes & BBQ will take place this Saturday, June 9 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. This marks the second year of the event, which will feature select routes for cyclists of all levels as well as a backyard BBQ cook-off. There will also be musical performances.

The Ohio Chautauqua is set for June 12-16 in Gallipolis, Ohio. Ohio Chautauqua programs are a unique mixture of education and entertainment where the lives and legacies of notable characters throughout history are explored. The red and white striped tent in the park is where most of the action, including living history presentations, will take place. Each evening will also begin with live music at 6:30 p.m. and performances to follow at 7:30 p.m. Daytime programs will take place at the Bossard Memorial Library, which include youth activities at 10:30 a.m. and adult programs at 2:30 p.m.

In Huntington, W.Va., families can head to Ritter Park for ‘Shrek the Musical’. The event, presented by the Huntington Area Regional Theater, will host performances at the park’s amphitheater June 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 and July 1, 6, 7, and 8. Gates open at 7 p.m.

Also at Ritter Park June 16-17 is Art in the Park. The event will take place from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Forty artists are set to showcase and sell artwork, including oil, acrylic, pastels, watercolor, woodcarving, pottery, photography and other fine art. Event organizers encourage people to bring their favorite person, pet or photo to match with their favorite artist.

The Muddy Nights Mud Volleyball Tournament will return to the Gallia County fairgrounds Saturday, June 16. Action will begin at 9 a.m. with a series of 2-3 tournaments. The event is a fundraiser for the fair relocation project. To sign-up contact Jennifer Bonzo at 740-821-4660.

On Friday, June 22, from 6-7:30 p.m. Gospel in the Park will take place at the Gallipolis City Park. The event will be held every Friday following, with the exception of July 6.

Movie at the Point will return to Tu-Endie-Wei State Park in Point Pleasant Saturday, June 23. The event will be a double feature with two family-friendly movies to enjoy. Additional movie events are planned for Saturday’s in July, August and September with dates to be announced. For more information contact the Point Pleasant Parks and Recreation committee.

The end of June will mark the start of many area Independence Day celebrations. The annual Point Pleasant Sternwheel Regatta will kick off Thursday, June 28 and run through Saturday, June 30. The event features many activities for children and families. The Teen and Miss Pageants will start the weekend of festive fun at 6 p.m. Thursday on the Riverfront Park stage. Other events on tap for the weekend include performances by Devin Henry and Brown & Gray; a 5K/10K run and kid’s fun run on Main Street; and a parade, slated for 11 a.m. Saturday, June 30. Fireworks will close out the event at 10 p.m.

In Mt. Sterling, Ohio the Community Days Festival is set for June 29-30. The event, which is held at Veteran’s Field, boasts a variety of entertainment, activities and contests for all ages. A parade is also planned. According to the Mt. Sterling Community Days Facebook page, more details and activities will be announced as the event draws closer.

In Gallipolis, the annual River Recreation Festival will take place Tuesday, July 3 and Wednesday, July 4 at the Gallipolis City Park. The festival’s opening ceremony will get things started 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. There will be a variety of events throughout the two-day festival, including gospel music; a talent show; inflatables for kids; and various concessions. Wednesday’s schedule will also feature the Big Buck Country Jamboree from 12-3 p.m. as well as the Rotary Mile at 3:30 p.m. The parade will take place at 4 p.m. Fireworks will close out the festival at 10 p.m.

In Huntington, the DAWG Dazzle is set for Tuesday, July 3 from 5-11:20 p.m. The event, which will take place at Harris Riverfront Park, will feature live music as well as fireworks, slated for 10 p.m.

Independence Day activities are scheduled in Middleport, Ohio. Festivities get underway 3 p.m. July 4 at Dave Diles Park. Along with games, a parade is set for 5 p.m. with entertainment to follow. Fireworks are scheduled for 9:30 p.m.

In Jackson, Ohio, Independence Day events are set for July 4. Many activities will take place at Manpower Park starting at 5 p.m. The 22nd annual Jackson County Freedom Fest 5K Run and Walk is set for 9 a.m. July 4 at Manpower Park as well.

The Bend Area will also celebrate Independence Day with a Fourth of July parade, slated for 11 a.m. Line-up will take place at the Community Center in New Haven, W.Va.

Starting in July, Rhythm on the River will take place in Pomeroy, Ohio. The event is scheduled for every Friday in July. It will feature a series of free concerts at the Riverside Amphitheater. For more information, visit http://www.pomeroyblues.org. Pomeroy also will host the Big Bend Blues Bash. The event will take place July, 27-28 at the Riverside Amphitheatre. There will be a blues competition as well as activities for kids to enjoy.

OVB will host the first annual Ruck Walk 5K on Saturday, July 7 in Gallipolis. The 5K, which will begin 8 a.m. at the Haskins Park shelter, is unique as it is a silent walk to be done as a group. Participants are not required but are encouraged to bring a pack as an effort to grasp what it is like for soldiers who regularly march with 50 pounds of supplies on their backs. Online registration is now open at https://runsignup.com/Race/OH/Gallipolis/TheOhioValleyBank5kRuckWalk. Those who register online by June 22 will receive a commemorative t-shirt. Same-day registration is set for 7 a.m. with opening remarks to follow at 7:45 a.m. All 5K proceeds will benefit the Huntington and Chillicothe VA PTSD clinics.

A unique parade featuring tractors is set for Saturday, July 28, in Point Pleasant. The parade will begin at 9 a.m. The route will both begin and end at the West Virginia State Farm Museum.

On July 30, the Belle of Cincinnati will visit Point Pleasant for the annual dinner cruise on the river. The cruise will run from 7-9:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, contact the Point Pleasant River Museum at 304-674-0144.

County fairs will take place throughout July and August as well. OVB plays an active role in our community fairs. More information about local fairs will be coming soon.

For more information on events in your community, please contact your local tourism center or chamber of commerce.

Have a safe and happy summer, and remember to think Community First as you enjoy fun in the sun!

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