By Kyle Lovern
September 13, 2013
WILLIAMSON - Jada Hunter, the President of the Action in Mingo (AIM) group who sponsor and organize the annual King coal Festival has released the schedule of entertainment for this year’s 41st annual event that will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21 in Williamson. This portion of the festival is under the supervision and planning of Eddie Curry and Lyrick’s Promotions.
The popular tradition of having the Hilltop square-dancers perform, much to the delight of the crowd, will continue another year with two performances planned for Saturday. The first dance session will be from 10-10:20 a.m., with the second one scheduled for 11-11:20 a.m. Local singer Mahayla Caudill will take the stage at 10:30 a.m. with the area’s next rising singing sensation, Chelsea Stepp, scheduled for 11:30 a.m.
Scott Goff will be featured at noon and will he be followed by Glen Simpson and Glen Dillon at 12:40 p.m. An announcement and awards presentation ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. with a patriotic musical number being performed by the Tug Valley Children’s Choir. The winners of the Humanitarian and Community Service will be announced by AIM members and the prestigious “Mr. King Coal” crown will be placed on the head of the oldest contestant to be nominated in that category.
Josh Addair, a popular country singer from Matewan, will command the stage at 1:30 p.m. to entertain the crowd. Kelsia May will begin her performance at 2 p.m. and will be followed in the schedule by Renea Roberts (2:20) and the group “Wildfire” at 3 p.m. Rhythm and Blues singer Katie Rose Curry, a crowd favorite, will sing between 3:45 and 4:15 p.m., right before “Mama’s Pumphouse” (4:30-5:15 p.m.) takes over to play and sing country top-40 hits. The final group of the day will be the rock/heavy metal band “Crumungion” (5:30 until 6 p.m.)
Bleachers will be set up on Logan Street in front of the stage to accommodate the needs of the public, or you may choose to bring your own chair and spend the day enjoying the talents of the large variety of local stars performing for those who choose to attend the 41st annual King Coal Festival.
For more information regarding the festival’s entertainment schedule, you may contact Eddie Curry at 304-235-0707 or Natalie Young, the Executive Director of the Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce at 304-235-5240.