By Rachel Dove
LAUREL LAKE - After months of diligent planning, the first annual Laurel Lake Homecoming became a reality and was deemed a huge success by all who attended.
On Saturday, individuals from throughout Mingo County and surrounding counties flocked to the picnic area and campgrounds of Laurel Lake, which is the only state wildlife management area in Mingo County. to participate in the celebration. According to Lola Lackey, secretary/treasurer of the Laurel Lake Foundation, the group of organizers was extremely pleased with the turnout for the homecoming, as well as how smoothly the day went.
Musical performers for the event included Savannah Fluty, Candy Fluty, Chris Deskins, Amanda Hensley, the Coal Fired Band and local sensation Kayla Slone. An estimated 200-250 people enjoyed the event at Laurel Lake Park, which was also very crowded with family reunions taking up just about every shelter in the park.
Winners of the horseshoe tournament were Skyler Dingess and Tommy Hinton. Dingess and her teammate Brian White claimed the first-place trophy in the corn-hole tournament. The children who attended the event enjoyed a day of free swimming and crafts. Delicious food was available for purchase, and the event also marked the opening of the Laurel Lake swimming facilities for the 2014 summer season.
The Laurel Lake Wildlife Management Area Foundation is a nonprofit foundation and all the proceeds from the event will be used to revitalize the park. For more information on the Laurel Lake Foundation, please feel free to contact Lackey at (304) 518-0123.