By Hayley M. Cook
WILLIAMSON – The 65th annual Magnolia Fair is returning to the town of Matewan once again, with plenty of local entertainment and festivities for everyone to enjoy.
The week of fun begins on Monday and lasts until Saturday at the Magnolia Park in Matewan. The gates will open nightly at 6 p.m. and admission is $10 per person.
The event schedule is as follows:
On Monday evening, the band Mountain Station will perform and the Baby Miss Magnolia Fair Pageant will take place. Monday is “Family Night,” which means all tickets will be half-price for young children.
On Tuesday there will be an open mic night for anyone interested in performing for the crowd, but no drum kits are allowed on stage. Although anyone present may perform, the fair’s Facebook page states there is a two-song limit, and it is on a “first-to-come, first-to-sing” basis. There will be no contests or judging during open mic night, and those who want to take the stage will have the chance to sign up on Tuesday evening.
Tuesday night will also feature the Mister & Young Miss Magnolia Fair Pageant.
On Wednesday, Taylor Made will perform.
On Thursday, the band Mile to Nowhere will perform. The band has performed at the Magnolia Fair in the past.
On Friday, Ronnie McDowell will perform.
On Saturday James Otto will perform and the West Virginia Ultimate Queen Pageant will take place. On this night, there will be a fireworks celebration as well.
All of the concerts are free with gate admission.
In the past, the Magnolia Fair has seen events such as a show by the National Wrestling Association,
The fair was founded in 1949, and has been held for 64 consecutive years. The very first fair day was on Aug. 1, 1949.
The Magnolia Fair is owned and operated by the Rotary Club of Matewan and is held as a fundraising event to generate funding for community projects and programs. The fair is usually held during the first week of August and includes a carnival midway, live music, pageants, exhibits and food.
The Magnolia Fair is the longest-running event of its kind to be held in Southern West Virginia.