As one of several events planned for the Appalachian Festival (Augest 23-25) , Taste of Appalachia will be featured on Saturday, August 24th from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. in uptown Beckley. The festive block party will offer a variety of food, entertainment & fun for all.
New River Jazz Band at 6:00 p.m.
Clinton Collins and the Creek Boys at 7:00 p.m. Clinton Collins is an award-winning singer / songwriter from the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. His original songs are a blend of rock, country, blues, folk, gospel and mountain music.
Southern Communications and Sam’s Club will have an Oreo stacking contest on Main Street around 6:45 p.m. Faith Community Church will offer activities for children to enjoy. Plus, the Muse Lounge Art Exhibit will showcase a variety of artists at the corner of Woodlawn Avenue and Neville Street.
The event also offers an opportunity to take a Ghost Tour — a unique candlelit walking tour of historic sites in Beckley. The tour will begin in front of the courthouse at 8:30 p.m. Please call 304-256-TOUR for reservations ($).
Restaurants, organizations and event vendors will set up booths along Main, Heber & Neville Streets selling their specialties to the community. Vendors sell items on their own, so tickets are not required. From restaurant specialties to fair food favorites, a variety of cuisine will be available. There will be a People’s Choice Booth Award so be sure to vote! The ballot box will be located at Beckley Renaissance’s booth near the corner of Main & Heber Streets.
Other Appalachian Festival activities held uptown include the August 23rd Friday in the Park held at Word Park on Neville Street from 11:30am to 1pm.
Lost Cannon Bluegrass Band at 11:30 a.m.
Shane Ingram and Friends at 12:20 p.m.
Attendees can buy their lunch from food vendors at the park. The uptown farmers market is located nearby at the Beckley Intermodal Gateway.
These activities are among several planned for the Appalachian Festival – other event hosts include the Arts & Crafts Fair at the Raleigh County Convention Center, and events at Crossroads Mall, Tamarack, Grandview, the Cynthia Bickey Art Gallery, Raleigh County Library, the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and Youth Museum. For more Appalachian Festival information, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 304-252-7328 or go to www.appalachianfestival.net or www.brccc.com.