The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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July 18, 2014

Popular FOC Auto Fair begins today

The 11th annual Friends of Coal Auto Fair starts today at the YMCA Paul Cline Memorial Youth Sports Complex.

Hundreds of classic and new automobiles will be onsite, as well as carnival rides, flea market items, vendor foods and much, much more.

Fairgrounds are open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and event directors promise something fun for all ages.

The annual Classic Car Cruise will begin at 6 p.m. from the fairgrounds to Uptown Beckley, where guests will be met by live entertainment and vendor booths.

The Backtimers will perform at Jim Word Memorial Park and “American Idol” contestant Jada Vance will perform on Main Street.  

The fun will continue Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. — Jake Owen and Kellie Pickler will take the stage for the Saturday night concert. Gates to the concert area open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Tickets are still available at

Cost to enter the fairgrounds is $2 with children age 6 and under admitted free with a paying adult. Concert tickets and carnival ride tickets (see box for pass prices) are sold separately.

Free parking and shuttle service is available throughout the weekend; police will direct patrons to the proper parking area along Grey Flats Road.

Auto fair attendees are encouraged to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat for shade, long-sleeve shirt or hoodie for the evening, blanket or folding chair for the concert, ear plugs, bug spray, camera, rain jacket and cash.

Attendees are asked not to bring the following: alcohol, drugs, coolers, weapons, fireworks, glass containers, golf carts, bicycles, scooters or ATVs, pets or grills.

Proceeds from the Friends of Coal Auto Fair will benefit youth programs at the YMCA of Southern West Virginia, as well as maintenance and upkeep at the YMCA Sports Complex.

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