It may have a new location this year, but the celebration of Follansbee Community Days promises to have the same flavor that has drawn area residents for years.
Community Days has long been one of the major events of our area, bringing together residents and former residents for multiple days of food, fun and entertainment.
This year, at the request of residents, the festivities have been moved to the parking area near Follansbee Park. It is hoped this area will provide an opportunity for even more enjoyment as there will be additional room for food and craft vendors and other activities.
We agree, and we hope to see our area continue to show its support for this wonderful event.
The move will provide easier access to the site, and closer parking for visitors. In addition, its proximity to Follansbee Park will provide an opportunity for festival-goers to use some of the park's amenities while there.
Some new events also have been in the works, taking place prior to Community Days itself, including the soap-box-derby style race which took place along Mark Avenue on Sunday. It's an event we hope will be a big draw for years to come.
Wednesday's Community Days Dinner will feature guest speaker Oliver Luck, the athletic director at West Virginia University, and will take place at the St. Francis Center.
Don't forget the Mayor's 5K race and the fireworks display during the weekend.
Music also is a big part of Follansbee Community Days, with a variety of musical acts slated to perform, including Phil Dirt and the Dozers, the Driftin' Hoopie Experience, the Original Fantasys and the Four Townsmen.
Follansbee Community Days is one of those can't miss events of the Ohio Valley's event calendar, and we encourage everyone to take some time to get out and enjoy the experience while checking out some of what one of our area's communities has to offer visitors and natives alike.