LOGAN, W.Va. — The Woods and Water Festival will kick off Friday Sept. 2.
The new festival is being organized in conjunction with Four Seasons Country Store in Logan and will take place over the weekend preceding Labor Day.
The Woods and Water Festival will take full advantage of the outdoor playground that surrounds the city of Logan and will feature trail rides, poker runs, a scavenger hunt along the Guyandotte River and a fishing contest.
“We are excited to showcase what Logan has to offer. We want to invite everyone to come and play outside with their family and be active,” noted city clerk Amber Miller Viars.
The event will also have fair food, music and entertainment, and along with the raft of outdoor activities, a children’s worm dig, rock wall climbing, zip lining and a treasure float on the Guyandotte are also planned.
“The resources we have here are abundant, but we take them for granted because we see them every single day. Logan is truly is a playground. People come from all over to do what we have in our own backyard,” added Viars.
An armband costing $40 will allow festival goers access to the Hatfield and McCoy Trail System and a kayak for both Saturday and Sunday.
Festival goers must wear their armbands to obtain free dinner which will be offered from the Four Seasons Country Store on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Admission also includes a t-shirt, decal, drinks on the river and trail packs including hot dog, chips and drink.
Registration for the event will start at the Four Seasons Country Store at 6 p.m. Sept. 2.
Festival goers in the coalfields may have felt the absence of the WV Freedom Festival in this year’s slate of fairs and festivals; however, Viars noted the Woods and Water Festival will also serve as a means to raise funds to bring the Freedom Festival back to the streets of Logan in 2017 and beyond.
The festival will kick off 6 p.m. Friday, September 2 with a local band a Mile from Nowhere and a meeting for the fishing tournament at Four Seasons.
At 7 p.m., a fish fry dinner will be served at Four Seasons.
The Logan High football team will have a game at 7:30 p.m. on the Island.
The Dewey Jeffrey Band and Southern Smoke will perform from 8 to 9:30 p.m. after which the outdoor movie night for “Zootopia” will be held.
An after party will be held at 10 p.m. each night of the festival at the Logan Shrine Club.
On Saturday September 3, late registration for the fishing tournament will start at 7 a.m. and the tournament will follow at 8 a.m.
At noon, kayaks will fill the Guyandotte River with the start of the river poker run.
From the 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, an ATV mud wash will be put on by the Logan High School cheerleaders at LEASA.
From 5 to 7 p.m., a pig roast dinner will be served at Four Seasons.
At 7:30 p.m., awards for the poker run and fishing tournament will be given out.
A movie night featuring the film “Inside Out” will be held at the Hot Cup Coffee Shop at 9:30.
At noon on Sunday, September 4, kayaks will again enter the Guyandotte for a river poker run, and another ATV poker run will kick off at the same time.
From 5 to 7 p.m., a spaghetti dinner will be served at Four Seasons.
The Jimmy Dillon Band will perform at Four Seasons from 6 to 7 p.m.
Poker run awards will be given out at 7:30 p.m., and from 8 to 9:30 p.m., One Horse Town Band will perform at Four Seasons.
“Star Wars” will be shown at the Hot Cup Coffee Shop at 9:30 p.m.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]