POINT PLEASANT — The annual Mason County Outdoor Youth Expo, sponsored by Pleasant Valley Hospital, is set to take place this week at the National Guard Armory in Point Pleasant.
The event will be 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and is open to the public. According to the flyer, the expo promotes awareness of positive, safe and drug-free recreational activities for students, families and communities.
Students from the intermediate classes at New Haven, Point Pleasant Intermediate, Ashton, Leon, Roosevelt and Beale elementary schools will be bused to the expo to take part in the activities. The children will attend shows presented by both Mark Wade, ventriloquist, and Roy Moose of “Snakes Alive.”
Children will have the opportunity to visit various booth displays, and prizes will be awarded each day.
Among the displays expected to be set up this year are from Andrea’s Army, Coventry Cares of West Virginia, Department of Agriculture Communication Division, FFA Chapter, ICL Industrial Products, Johnna Jorgensen, D.D.S., Mason County 4-H WVU Extension Service, Mason County CEOS, Mason County Convention and Visitor Bureau, Mason County Health Department, Mason County Library, Mason County Prevention Coalition, Mason County Solid Waste Authority,
Monarch Butterflies, Ohio Valley Bank, Pleasant Valley Hospital, Point Pleasant River Museum, Relief Carving, River Works Discovery, Snakes of WV Forest Service, Cranberry Mountain Nature Center, The First Tee WV, Thomas Do-It Center, U.S. Department of Agriculture, WV Department of Agriculture Animal Health Division, WV State Parks Tu-Endie-Wei State Park, and WVDNR Operations Center/Wildlife Diversity Program.
The youth expo committee includes Dave McClung, George Shell, Greg Martin, Jack Cullen, Joann Cullen, Leigh Ann Shepard, Lorrie Wright, Nicole Leport, Paul Nichols, Randy Searls, Rodney Wallbrown, Sarah Roush, and photographer Ed Lowe.
Others assisting with the event are AEP River Transportation Division, Air Evac, Bob’s Market and Greenhouses, Hannan High School FFA, HealthNet, Josh Russell, Mason County Schools, Mason County Vocational FFA, Pleasant Valley Hospital, St. Mary’s Medical Center TIPS, Walmart of Mason, WBYG Big Country 99, Western District Soil Conservation, WV National Guard Armory and the WVU Extension Service, as well as school and parent volunteers.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.