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Fall River Fest set for Sept. 29-30

September 20, 2012
From staff reports , The Herald-Star

NEW CUMBERLAND - The fourth-annual Fall River Fest is slated for Sept. 29-30 along the scenic River Avenue.

The Fall River Fest, founded in September 2009 by the New Cumberland Festival and Parade Committee, is the site to more than 30 food and craft vendors, entertainment and the Hancock County Arts Council show.

Additionally, Sept. 29 will include a catfish tournament and The Riverfest 5k Walk/Run.

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The Joseph Sisters will be one of the performers during the fourth-annual fall River Fest in New Cumberland set for Sept. 29-30 at various locations throughout the city. Activities include an art show, entertainment, a catfish fishing tournament and a 5K race. -- Contributed

Festivities Sept. 29 begin at 11 a.m. with an opening ceremony with the singing of the national anthem and the New Cumberland Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2716 Honor Guard.

Musical entertainment will begin at noon with Brad Hileman, followed by John Edwards at 1:30 pm. Michele's Dance Studio will be performing at 2:30 p.m. The Route 45 Band will kick off its country sounds beginning at 4 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. the Joseph Sisters Band takes the stage, and the evening will conclude with Fall River Fest's fireworks display.

Activities Sept. 30 begin at 1 p.m. with the New Cumberland Kids Got Talent contest - featuring Trina Janura - with a talent show for those age 16 and younger. The day will finish up with the musical sound of Spinning Jenny at 3 p.m.

The Hancock County Arts Council and the Top of West Virginia Convention and Visitors Bureau are calling for local artists to participate in the fourth-annual art show during the festival.

The art will be displayed for both days inside the former city building beside the overlook at the corner of River Avenue and Jefferson Street. As last year, the council will accept paintings, pottery and photography. Due to limited space, quilts will not be accepted.

The children's art room will be featured and judged in categories of creative arts for grades preschool through 12th grade. Monetary prizes will be awarded to pupils and students.

A free drawing will be held on Sept. 30 for a wine and cheese basket featuring wines from the Breitenbach Winery in Sugarcreek, Ohio.

Last year, more than 300 people visited and enjoyed work from artists from West Virginia, Ohio, Virginia and Florida.

Those interested in submitting artwork can contact Maureen Vulgamore at (304) 564-3110 or Joyce Beatty at (304) 564-5200. Art will be accepted from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 28 and 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sept. 29. The art must be picked up between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sept. 30. Also, artists may offer their works for sale during the event.

Also coinciding with the event will be the Ohio River Catfish Association's Fall River Fest Catfish Tournament to be held Sept. 29. The youth division tournament will run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and the event is free. The adult tournament will be from 7 a.m. to final weigh-in at 6 p.m., and the event costs $20 per person.

Prizes will be awarded for heaviest and longest fish for youth, while adults will be judged on the weight of the top three fish caught. For information and signup, visit Orca Outdoors, 607 N. Chester St., New Cumberland; or call (304) 564-7072.

The Riverfest 5K, sponsored by the New Cumberland Park Board and Oak Glen High School physical education department, is set to begin at 9 a.m. Sept. 29 at the Hines Park gazebo. The race is $15 due by Sept. 25 and $18 on race day.

Those participating will compete in categories. Registration forms are available at the New Cumberland City Building, Hancock County Schools, Trinity United Methodist Church, Plaza Lounge, Potts Marathon and Chaney's Gas Station. Race forms must be submitted to the same registration locations or mailed. T-shirts are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and participants should arrive at the starting point by 8:30 a.m. Race day registration will be from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

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