A whirlwind weekend of fancy cars, concerts, crafts and carnival rides opens today with the 2018 Friends of Coal Auto Fair at the Raleigh County Memorial Airport in Beaver.
Fairgoers may stroll along the grounds to admire row after row of hotrods, customs, classics, muscle cars, motorcycles, tuners and trucks from all years of automobile history, according to a post at wvautofair.com.
Arts and crafts vendors and booths representing local businesses will be available, and plenty of food, organizers report.
The acclaimed country music group Taylor Made will perform, along with the show band Rick K and the All-Nighters. Concert-goers may bring a favorite blanket or lawn chair for seating.
Showgrounds admission is $5, with all proceeds supporting Hospice of Southern West Virginia and the Raleigh County Humane Society. Carnival tickets are not included in general admission.
The weekend starts at 8 a.m. with registration, and the carnival opens at 11 a.m. At 5 p.m., the Midwest Allstars Hydraulic Hop and Show will happen, followed by a Car Glow Off Contest at 8 p.m.
On Saturday, gates open with registration at 8 a.m., and cars will line up at 10:30 a.m. for an 11 a.m. cruise. The carnival will open at 11 a.m., and Car and Truck Limbo competition will take place at 1 p.m., followed by Creager Tire's Burn-out Competition at 2 p.m. and 2 Brothers' Collision Car Window Demonstration at 3 p.m.
AirEvac Lifeteam will present a Mock Disaster Drill at 3:30 p.m.
At 4 p.m., voting for the People's Choice will end, and judging for the Sponsor Car Show will begin. Car show awards will be given at 5:30 p.m.
At 6:15 p.m., the gates will open for the concert on the Main Stage. Festival seating, or lawn space, is available. Guests may begin to place their lawn chairs and blankets on the lawn.
The Saturday Night Concert starts at 7:30 p.m., with performances by Rick K and the All-Nighters and Taylor Made.
The 2018 fair will close with a fireworks display at 10:30 p.m.