The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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April 17, 2014

Rainelle provides site for this year’s Meadow River Sporting Festival

Following up on the success of last year’s centennial celebration, Rainelle is launching a new three-day festival centering on sports this spring.

According to Mayor Andrea Pendleton, featured competitions at the inaugural Meadow River Sporting Festival will include golf, muzzleloader shooting, archery, horseshoe pitching, turkey calling and a cornhole contest. Winners of each event will receive medals, and Pendleton says “great prizes” will be awarded in many categories.

The weekend kicks off May 2, with Greenbrier Hills Golf Course hosting a golf tournament that will tee off at 9 a.m. The tourney will resume at 1:30 p.m. on May 3. Entry fee for the golf event is $15 plus greens fee; call 304-438-9050 for further information.

Other events planned for Saturday include a parade led by West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, who is serving as grand marshal. Parade entries will line up at 11th Street at 9 a.m. and step off at 10.

Celebrating opening day on May 3, Western Greenbrier Little League participants plan to march in the parade from 11th Street to the ballpark, the mayor says. Little League games will run from noon until 10 p.m. at City Park Field.

Various sporting competitions are set to begin immediately after the conclusion of the parade on the grounds of the former Meadow River Lumber Co. Entry fees run from $5 for cornhole, turkey calling and horseshoe contests to $15 for muzzleloading and archery. Awards for first, second and third place will be given in all events.

The festival’s main venue — the Park Center Complex — is expected to be filled with food vendors and craft booths, as well as serving as the staging area for demonstrations by the WVU Lumberjack Team and rides for the kids provided by Lewis & Clark Carriage Service, all beginning at noon Saturday.

Rising country singing artist Colton Pack will perform at the Armory at 1 p.m., and the band Switch will take the stage from 7-9 p.m.

A 5K race will wrap up the weekend on Sunday. Runners will check in at 1 p.m. in the Armory parking lot, and the race will get under  way at 2.

“We invite everyone to attend the festival,” Pendleton says. “There’s something for every interest.”

For more information, or to register for any of the Saturday competitions, call Darrell Brown at 304-438-5612.

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