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Events Scheduled Despite COVID-19, But With Changes

Several events are being planned in Moundsville for the remaining months of the year, and those involved are hoping that nothing takes place in the meantime which would alter the plans.

Although these events –namely the Marshall County Relay for Live, Haunted House, Elizabethtown Festival and the Moundsville Christmas Parade — all have been longtime favorites, all are making changes because of COVID-19.

Before getting into the dates and other information of these four events, another longtime event will be taking place this Wednesday, that being the Marshall County Schools Fun Fair.

This will be the 20th year for this event.

This year’s Fun Fair will be held at the Marshall County Fairgrounds instead of at the Training Center at the former West Virginia Penitentiary.

In addition to a change in location, it will be a drive-through, which ensures that the event will meet with social distancing requirements.

Vehicles are to enter the fairgrounds through the 12st Street gate, and exit onto Myrtle Avenue, the latter gate to be open only during the three-hour — 9 a.m. until noon — period of the Fun Fair.

Participants must stay in their vehicles and volunteers will bring bags to the vehicles. Each child will receive free school supplies such as back packs, pencils, pens, notebooks and more.

The Fun Fair is open to any Marshall County student in pre-K through 12th grade.

As to the Fun Fair itself, it was started by Marshall County Schools employee Susie Baker and during the past 19 years has not only increased in the number of families, but also vendors. Last year more than 1,300 families took part in the event.

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Now, back to the other four events:

Trish Weinschenker this past Tuesday gave an update pertaining to the Relay for Life at the meeting of the Moundsville Lions Club.

She said, “Due to the current situation with COVID-19, it has been necessary to revise the event, as this year we are sponsoring a drive-through, which will take place from 9 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Aug. 22 in the north parking at John Marshall High School.”

“This will be the 35th year of the MCRFL,” Weinschenker said.

There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony to kick off the event, according to Weinschenker, who stated that those who have not purchased luminaries prior to the event can do so at the Relay.

She added, “We would love to set a record this year with the number of luminaries on display. Our cancer patients need our help more than ever before. Plan to participate, donate, buy luminaries and decorate your porch in purple.”

Anyone with questions about the Relay can call either Weinschenker at 304-845-0290 or Donnie Wendt at 304-686-2112.

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Tom Stiles, executive director of the Moundsville Economic Development Council, on Tuesday told members of the MEDC board that it is less than two months until the opening of the Haunted House at the former West Virginia Penitentiary, and that he needed to know if the board members wanted him prepare for the event.

He was given the OK to plan for this year, which is the main fund raiser for the yearly operation of the facility and in addition to helping fund that site, also helps businesses in the city.

Stiles also stated that he had been in contact with the president of Pittsburgh Hearse Club about having members of the club parking their vehicles on the front lawn of the Prison on Halloween Day. Stiles said the Club had been there last year on Halloween and were well received.

As to the dates of the Haunted House, the first day will be Sept. 25, and that weekend it will also be open on Sept. 26. Other dates will be Oct. 2-3, Oct. 9-10, Oct. 15-17-18, Oct. 23-24-15, and Oct. 30-31.

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The Elizabethtown Festival, like some of other events, will be having a new location because of COVID-19.

It has always been in the Training Center at the prison, but this year it will be on the front lawn.

In past years the Festival has featured the history of Moundsville, and vendors selling items many of which were Christmas items.

This year, co-founder Hilda Blake said that Elizabethtown’s attraction will be the selling of Christmas Trees.

The Elizabethtown Town will open on Nov. 21, which happens also to be the date of the annual Moundsville Christmas Parade.

The Elizabethtown Town will be open on both weekends and evenings on weekdays. It will continue until all the trees are sold.

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Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Scott Reager said this past week that the chamber will be sponsoring the annual Christmas Parade, which will be a night parade on Nov. 21.

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Speaking of the chamber, representatives will be on hand at 9 a.m. Monday, along with city and county officials and officials from Unified Bank to cut the ribbon for the new bank in Moundsville.

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The theme of Thursday’s “Hungry for History” Summer Speakers Series, will be “The Second World War,” to be presented by Gary Rider.

Rider’s first edition of “Patriots and Heroes” included 58 pages about World War II veterans, and there have been stories about others who served during that War in recent editions of the series.

The speaker series will be held at noon on Thursday on the front lawn of the Cockayne Farmstead in Glen Dale. The public is invited to attend.

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This year’s “Grand Adventure Leadership Camp” at Grand Vue Park will conclude this coming week at Grand Vue Park.

The theme for the week long 7th Camp will be, “Find Your Voice — Kids Leading Our Future.”

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The Marshall County Commission meeting scheduled for Tuesday has been canceled with the next meeting to take place at 9 a.m. on Aug. 18.

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Well one week of Major League Baseball is in the books!

Hopefully once the teams get settled in with rosters of 26, the play will get better.

Of course, you never know if any more changes will take place in the rules.

Also, it would be nice to have fans in the stands.

Next year’s schedule is out, and I know that the Uniglobe Baseball group will be heading to Texas to see the Rangers in action. It will give several of us the opportunity to see yet another new Stadium. That will be No. 34 since we began traveling in 2003.

Speaking of Bill, he has come up with a golf/curling trip to the Pittsburgh on Oct. 12.

Last year, our group did their first curling in the Mid-West.

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Happy Birthday to two of my loyal readers of this column who happen to be my sister and brother. My sister, Melba Huddlestun, will be celebrating her birthday on Thursday, while my brother, Howard’s birthday is on Friday.

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By the way, my wife, Linda, had a birthday this past Wednesday, and it just so happened it was the same date of “National Chicken Wing Day.”

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