Williamson's favorite festival kicks off tonight with the King Coal Beauty Pageant to be held at the Rose G. Smith Theater at 6:30 p.m. The pageant is being held first to allow the winners to attend other King Coal activities throughout the week. The Action in Mingo (AIM) group has activities lined up throughout the coming week and into the weekend to entertain festival-goers and to celebrate our coal heritage. The schedule for the 39th annual King Coal Festival is listed below. All events and times are subject to change.
Friday, Sept. 10 King Coal Beauty Pageant, Rose G. Smith Theater, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 11 The King Coal Car and Bike Show. Registration for the car show is $15. Pre-registration for the event is optional. Registration will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. A "Power Wheel" race, 6 and 12-volt cars and jeeps, for children will be featured at 3p.m. as well as inflatables and a showing of Disney-Pixar's animated movie "Cars" at dusk. Trophies will be presented at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Dave or Connie Rockel at (304) 239-0250.
Monday, Sept. 13 Dogs and Cats Pet show will be held at Lefty Hamilton Field beginning with registration at 5:30 p.m. The event begins at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 14 Making of the King Coal Apple Butter will begin at 8 a.m. and last throughout the day at the First Baptist Church on Fifth Avenue. Students and faculty from Williamson High School will help make the treat. The apple butter will be sold during the Saturday, Sept. 18's festivities. Orders can also be placed at that time.
Wednesday, Sept. 15 Baby Crawling Contest, at the First Baptist Church, Fifth Ave. Registration 5:30 p.m. Contest begins at 6 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 16 King Coal Cruise Night, 7:30 p.m. All area teens are invited to the Cruise Night and prizes will be awarded. For more information, contact Bessie Hunt of Williamson High School at (304) 235-2518.
Friday, Sept. 17 The Massey Energy- AIM Group King Coal Bowl, Williamson vs. South Floyd, Ky., Lefty Hamilton Park, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 18 All day, Pocahontas Express Rides. 7 a.m., Registration for the 4-mile run at the Belfry Fire Department in Belfry, Ky. 8 a.m. 4-mile Run begins. The run will end in downtown Williamson. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Craft and food vendors set up. 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Blackberry Jam, a bluegrass group, will perform. 10 a.m., Baby pageant registration, Williamson Community Center next to the pool in West Williamson. The pageant begins at 10:30 a.m. 10 a.m. until dusk, Airplane rides sponsored by 523 Flying Club at the Mingo County Airport. Rides cost $10. 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., Hill Country Dancers will perform on the main stage. 12 p.m., Entrants in the King Coal Chili Cook-off Contest should be set up and cooking no later than noon. 1 p.m., Awards show for Mr. King Coal, Humanitarian and Community Service Award. 2 p.m., The Kids Fun Run in front of the Williamson Public Library. 2 p.m., Josh Addair, country singer, will perform on the main stage. 3:30 p.m., The King Coal Festival Chili Cook-off public sampling and judging begins. 3:30 p.m., Tonja Rose and Rob Harris will perform on the main stage. 5 p.m., The King Coal Grand Parade. The parade will lineup at the Sycamore Inn at 4:30 p.m. 6 p.m. Wildfire, a bluegrass group, will perform on the main stage. 7 p.m., The Brothers Satch, a rock-and-roll oldies group, will perform on the main stage. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Acoustic guitar revue featuring Wayne Graham, Waylon Nelson, and Kevin Harmon. Righteous Brew Coffee House, Second Ave. Cover charge is $5.
Sunday, Sept. 19 The King Coal Festival will end with a free 'Coal Miner's Supper' of cornbread and beans at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The dinner will offer live Gospel music and fellowship.