Friday Summer Festivals

Soccer fans looking for a Friday night if fun? Tony has some suggestions to keep you entertained.

Soccer Entertainment

Let the games begin! The opening ceremonies for the Youth Soccer tourney are now history and it’s time for the corner kicks and headers to take over.

Friday’s weather looks fine as morning clouds succumb to the powerful July sun. While skies won’t be perfectly sunny at any time, I caution soccer moms to put the sun block or screen on your favorite striker, midfielder or goalie. That’s because at this southern latitude the West Virginia sun is a real dynamo in early July.

Since pool play in soccer tournaments can take all day for some but leave many with time on their hands, my guess you will have ample time to visit one of the festivals our region is enjoying this weekend.

I have been to them all over the years so here’s a preview of what you can expect for your evening entertainment on Friday.

Please note, there is plenty to do here in the Huntington-Barboursville area. Your travel agent and the soccer people have already outlined that.

Pullman Square is the central gathering place for Huntingtontonians. Camden Park is a neat amusement park for the kids and Ritter Park is as beautiful a park as America has to offer.

Within an hour's drive, several summer festivals will be shifting into high gear on Friday.

Summer Motion in Ashland Kentucky is a 40 minute drive from the village in B-Ville. The festival is family friendly which means no alcohol is allowed or sold. Corporate sponsorship has helped this festival to thrive for more than 20 years. Friday night’s headline act is Micky Dolenz of the Monkees. Last train to Clarksville anyone?

Take I-64 west to the first Kentucky exit. Turn right and follow Route 23 for roughly 7 miles. Once in town, follow the flow out to Central Park.

Here's the Summer Motion webpage. Enjoy!

If you are into boats, then the Point Pleasant Sternwheeler Festival invites you to a night on the Ohio River at Battle Monument National Park. It is here that the library of Congress has certified that the Revolutionary War began (sorry Lexington and Concord).

The sternwheeler roamed the Ohio, Kanwaha and Mississippi Rivers back in the mid 1800s and was the primary form of transportation here in the pre Civil War era.

At any rate, a fleet of sternwheelers will be docked at the Point Pleasant Riverfront in time for Friday night’s country music concert starring Whitney Duncan straight from Nashville.

To get to Point Pleasant take Route 2 from Huntington north for an hour’s drive. There is a nice short cut from B-Ville but I will let your hotel concierge give you the directions as you will need to take the Merritts Creek extension which can be tricky to get to.

Now across the River from Point Pleasant, the old French Town of Gallipolis Ohio is hosting its annual River Recreation Festival. This is one of the most quaint Appalachian towns you will ever visit. Rich in history, Gallipolis will host its Independence weekend parade at 7 pm Friday. Blaring fire engine sirens and high school bands playing all sorts of Yankee Doodle Dandy music highlight this special tradition here in Appalachia.

There will be live entertainment all evening long at City Park in Gallipolis, a entry on the national registry of historic landmarks.

From Huntington, take Route 60 til you see the sign of the 31st bridge. Cross the bridge, turn onto Ohio State Route 2 and drive for roughly one hour.

Enjoy your stay.
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