Activities will kick off tonight with the first Mayor’s Night Out Concert of the 2011 summer season. This evening’s concert, slated to run from 8-10 p.m. at the Point Pleasant Riverfront Park, will feature the South of the River Band.
According to the group’s bio, South of the River Band’s musical influences include styles similar to Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert and Lynyrd Skynrd.
Several events also are on tap for Saturday, including the 21st Annual Bend Area C.A.R.E. Catfish Tournament. The event, slated to take place Saturday at the Lottie Jenks Memorial Park in Mason, is one of the largest catfish tournaments east of the Mississippi River.
According to Elvis Zerkle, tournament director, people travel from all over West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Illinois, North Carolina and South Carolina to compete in the event. The tournament is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. with registration slated to run from 5-6:15 a.m. Weigh-ins will take place at 4 p.m. In addition to fishing, families are welcome to attend the event as kids games are set to take place at noon. A raffle for $500 also will be held.
Proceeds generated from the tournament will go towards the Bend Area C.A.R.E. Kids for Christmas Program, which helps local families in need. For more information on the tournament, call Zerkle at 304-773-5680 or at 304-675-1150, ext. 201.
Also taking place this Saturday is the West Virginia State Farm Museum’s Antique Tractor Pull. The event, slated to start at 6 p.m., is free to the public. The farm’s kitchen also will be open for dining during the tractor pull. For more information on the tractor pull, call the museum at 304-675-5737 or visit the Web site, www.wvfarmmuseum.org.
Those who may not be a fan of fishing or tractor pulls, can still find something to do on Saturday with Fort Randolph’s Eastern Woodland Indian Gathering and Second Annual Trade Faire. The event will take place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. The Eastern Woodland Indian Gathering will feature re-enactors, presentations and demonstrations. Workshops also will be held on the proper period clothing dress. In addition, the Trade Faire will include various vendors and period merchandise.
There is no admission fee for the fort event, however, donations will be accepted. For more information, visit www.fortrandolph.org or contact Craig Hesson, chairman of the Fort Randolph Committee, at 304-675-7933.