LOGAN, W.Va. — The recent City of Logan-Hatfield McCoy Trails Woods and Water Festival seems to have made waves across the region according to Logan City Clerk Amber Miller Viars.
The recent event, which had three days of activities across the Labor Day weekend was started as a possible way to raise funds to return the long-time July 4th weekend WV Freedom Festival, but it seems to have picked up steam across the area.
Viars told council members that other towns were interested in what Logan had done and were looking in to cashing in on the current popularity of canoeing and kayaking on the Guyandotte River.
“Other towns have looked at what we did with the first Woods and Water Fest and are thinking about hosting similar events in their own areas,” she said.
One of the events that came about from the Woods and Water Fest was an outdoor Movie Night in the City of Logan that will become a regular weekly event this fall, noted Mayor Serafino Nolletti.
“We have had five movie nights so far,” he said. “We had a few bumps in the road, but so far it has been a good thing.”
The mayor said he had so much faith in the event that he purchased a new popcorn machine privately and will be letting the city use it for the events.
The Mayor, the clerk and Fire Chief Scott Beckett discussed some upcoming events and the incredible explosion in popularity that water activities on local streams like the Guyandotte and the Tug Rivers have seen.
“Canoeing and kayaking have become as popular as riding the Hatfield-McCoy Trails,” Beckett said.
“Many people do not realize that the Guyandotte is the third cleanest river in the state and every week you are seeing more and more people out fishing and canoeing and enjoying it….We have so much natural beauty in our region with our river and our mountains and so many folks who live here take it all for granted. But when you talk to folks from other places they are overwhelmed with what we have going for us here in the outdoors. We had some Special Forces soldiers here from out West recently and they just loved it here.”
Beckett noted that other upcoming events this fall will include a monthly fishing tournament on the Guyandotte as well as the return of the annual Mud Buddies Charity Ride on the Hatfield-McCoy Trails. Movie nights will be held every weekend in October.
On Sept. 17 the Logan Shrine Club will be having their annual motorcycle poker run.
On Oct. 1 the Fox on the Run event will be taking place. Fox on the Run is a fundraising event for Parkinson’s disease.
On Oct. 23 the annual Mud Buddies Ride returns to the Hatfield McCoy Trails. The Mud Buddies Foundation makes ATV and UTV rides for disabled children possible on the world famous Hatfield McCoy Trails.
J.D. Charles is a freelance writer and a former reporter for The Logan Banner.