POINT PLEASANT — Though school supplies are appearing on store shelves, there are still plenty of summer activities on the tourism calendar in Mason County.
If a “staycation” is the plan, residents don’t have to go very far to find something to do and experience.
This month and into August, the Mayor’s Night Out free concert series continues at Point Pleasant Riverfront Park. The remaining schedule of performers is as follows: 8 p.m., July 22, C.C. Miller returns for country, rock and blues performance; 8 p.m., July 29, Mason Dixon and Backwoods Brotherhood performs country music; 8 p.m., Aug. 5, Four Ever Blessed performed gospel music; 8 p.m., Aug. 19, Modock Rounders performs classic country and classic rock music; 8 p.m., Aug. 26, Two River Junction performs country music.
Also this month, the Belle of Cincinnati Dinner Cruise at Riverfront Park, sponsored by the Point Pleasant River Museum and Learning Center, returns July 25. Boarding is at 6:30 p.m. and departure at 7 p.m. from Point Pleasant Riverfront Park. The vessel should return to the park around 9:30 p.m. that night. A buffet-style dinner is planned as is a performance from local entertainer Joey Wilcoxon. Tickets are $50 for adults and $25 for children ages 4-12. This cruise is also handicap-accessible for those with special needs. Call the museum for tickets at 304-674-0144.
The Second Annual Peck Fest Concert and Festival returns July 22-23 at Kanawha River Campground, less than 10 miles outside Point Pleasant. This year’s headliners are Chris Janson and Kane Brown, who will be joined by Krista Hughes, a contestant on “The Voice” who was part of Team Blake, as well as many other popular bands from the area. For more information on Peck Fest and how to get tickets, go to www.peckfest.com.
Then, July 28-30, the Point Pleasant River Museum and Learning Center Tennis Tournament returns, followed on July 30 at 5 p.m. by the Antique Tractor Pull at the West Virginia State Farm Museum.
August begins with the Mason County Fair Aug. 8-13 with this year’s entertainment headliners being: Tuesday, Aug. 9, gospel groups the Jim Brady Trio going on at 7:30 p.m. followed by Among the Thirsty at 9 p.m.; Wednesday, Aug. 10, 9 p.m., Shania Twin, a Shania Twain tribute artist; Thursday, Aug. 11, 9 p.m., Confederate Railroad; Friday, Aug. 12, 9 p.m., Darryl Worley; Saturday, Aug. 13, 9 p.m., Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers.
September will welcome the last days of summer with Tribute to the River on Sept. 2-3 at Riverfront Park. The festival will include boat tours, a line throwing competition, games for children, concessions and more. On Sept. 3, an Antique Tractor Pull will be at 5 p.m. at the West Virginia State Farm Museum. Then, the Mothman Festival flies into town on Sept. 17-18, bringing thousands of people into downtown Point Pleasant. On Sept. 17, the Mothman Festival Hayrides at the West Virginia State Farm Museum will begin at 7 p.m. and also on Sept. 17, the Annual Fall Bend Area C.A.R.E. Catfish Tournament at the Mason Levee is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. A busy month of activities will wrap up on Sept. 24 with the Dragon Boat Festival at Krodel Park, hosted by Point Pleasant River Museum and Learning Center.
Beyond this summer, the tourism calendar in Mason County is still busy with activities well into fall. October will welcome the Country Fall Festival, Oct. 1-2 at the West Virginia State Farm Museum. Then, Oct. 7-9 is Battle Days at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park and on Main Street in Point Pleasant. Oct. 7-9 a Battle Days Encampment is at Fort Randolph. Oct. 28-30 is the Harvest Fest and All Hallows Eve Encampment at Fort Randolph at Krodel Park.
Information for many of these activities released by the Mason County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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