POINT PLEASANT — There’ll be some changes at Battle Days this year at Point Pleasant’s Tu-Endie-Wei state park, said organizer Darlene Haer.
For a start, Haer said, a storytelling contest has been added to the agenda this year. Winners will receive cash prizes and rosettes, and the competition will be held on the Saturday of the event, with registration beginning at 12:30 p.m. and the contest at 1:30 p.m. Stories should be a maximum of five minutes long, and may be funny, or dramatic, or supernatural, but definitely family-friendly — there will be children present.
“We’d like people to be aware of it, so they can make plans to enter,” said Haer.
Judging will be based on technique, story-development, originality, and audience response.
Haer said that the traditional lantern tour has evolved for this year into “History in the Round.” The Battle Days committee has decided that during the event, light will only be provided by lanterns; people may bring chairs and sit where Colonel Lewis camped before and after the Battle of Point Pleasant. Spectators will be surrounded by the sounds of battle, and Anne Bailey and Chief Cornstalk will come out of the mist to tell their tales for an added touch of authenticity.
“The lighting will be around the lawnchairs,” Haer said. “We’ll also have Daniel Boone and the reenactors from the camp.”
This event will be held at 7:30 p.m. on October 5.
The bluegrass band Hominy Falls will perform at 4 p.m. on October 5, said Haer, featuring Rob Mayes on mandolin and Danny Bonecutter on banjo.
“It’s going to be a lot of good old-fashioned music, and the band is supposed to wander the park and meet everyone,” Haer said.
Another new event this year is a visit from author Charles Whitt, who has published books about local history including stories of Chief Cornstalk and the Battle of Point Pleasant. People can meet Whitt between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 5.
Some of the events remain the same, said Haer; Battle Days will still feature History Day for fourth-grade students, the parade, the colonial ball and the All Nations Drum at 6 p.m., Saturday, October 5.
For more information, see future articles in the Point Pleasant Register, or call Haer at (304) 675-6002.