Having a great time while supporting a great cause. When looking for a summer activity, it doesn’t get much better than that.
The YMCA of Southern West Virginia 10th Annual Friends of Coal Auto Fair kicks off its expanded four-day schedule tonight at the Paul Cline Memorial Youth Sports Complex.
Billed as one of the top community-supported events in the state, the fair raises money to support local programs at the YMCA of Southern West Virginia.
This marks the 10th consecutive year for the fair, which draws car enthusiasts and music lovers from all over. It is always well-attended.
Of course, the cause it supports is very important to our communities.
The Y operates after-school programs in six local elementary schools, soccer and volleyball programs, youth sports programs, a pre-school, a summer day camp, swim lessons and various classes and initiatives that promote healthy communities.
A lot has to come together for the event to be successful. Area businesses and agencies chip in, including the main sponsor — the coal industry.
Hundreds of volunteers work tirelessly to make it come off seamlessly. And by attending this worthwhile event, you’re making an investment in our area’s youth. While listening to some great music and eating a funnel cake.
Not a bad way to spend a summer night, huh?
We invite our readers to take in this outstanding event and to support our youth through the YMCA of Southern West Virginia programs.
The fairgrounds will open to the public tonight with a $5 cover charge at the YMCA Soccer Complex with performances by Motion Theatre and Shea from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., and carnival rides.
Friday is “Family Night.” The Car Show opens at 10 a.m., with the auto line-up beginning at 6 p.m. for the Uptown Beckley Cruise-in at 7 p.m.
Jada Vance of “American Idol” fame will be performing. When dusk comes, everyone’s invited to pull out their own blankets and lawn chairs to watch the film “Wreck it Ralph” for free on the lawn.
Carnival rides and concessions will be available, and kids can enter NAPA Auto Parts’ “Kidzone” for inflatables, the Eurobungee and ziplining. Admission to the grounds is $2 for adults and free for kids age 6 and under.
On Saturday the show opens at 8 a.m. World-famous mine safety competition teams will perform mine rescue scenarios on the field until the concert starts. Artie and Ciro, dogs of the award-winning Beckley Police Department K-9 Unit, will be doing demonstrations. WVU basketball fans will have an opportunity to meet Da’Sean Butler and Oliver Luck between noon and 5 p.m.
At 2 p.m., car show entrants will rev up their engines and create a bunch of smoke to “blow up” their tires in the Creager Tire Burn Competition. The gates open at 6 p.m., with carnival rides and concessions.
Travis Tritt and the Davisson Brothers will perform beginning at 7 p.m. with a fireworks display capping the evening.
Grounds admission is $2 for adults, with kids 6 and under getting admitted free.
On Sunday, a non-denominational church service will begin at 10:30 a.m. with the awards presentation held at noon.