By Kyle Lovern
September 9, 2017 - The 45th annual King Coal Festival will run from Sept. 14-17 in Williamson, West Virginia.
The Action in Mingo (AIM) organization founded this popular festival back in 1972. The group thought it was a way of honoring the coal mining heritage in the Tug Valley area.
Festival goers will be able to enjoy food and beverages, crafts vendors, air boat rides on the Tug River, horse and carriage rides, live music, a car show and much more.
The naming and crowning of Mr. King Coal will highlight the Saturday events at around 1:00 p.m., along with the Humanitarian and Community Service awards.
Events taking place include:
Saturday, Sept. 9 at Southside Mall - Beauty Pageant, ages 2 years through 12th grade. Contact Jada Hunter, pageant director at 304-235-0909. Registration ends September 5.
Thursday, Sept. 14 at Williamson Swimming Pool Gazebo, 5:30 p.m. - Pet Show
Friday, Sept. 15 at downtown Williamson, 6:30 p.m. - Block Party, Cruise Night and Lip Sync Contest
Saturday, Sept. 16 - King Coal Festival Schedule
9 a.m. - Music begins and sound provided by "Blackberry Jam"
9 a.m. - Car Show, registration will take place from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on First Ave. in Williamson. Awards will be held at 3 p.m. Winners are invited to drive in the parade.
10 a.m. - Baby Pageant Registration at United Methodist Church. Winners are invited to ride in the parade.
10 a.m. - Singer Peyton Copley
10 a.m. until 7 p.m. - Air Boat Rides on Tug River, Board 2nd Ave., Bridge Dock. Call Keith Gibson at 304-928-7702 to register.
10:30 a.m. - Singers Arlene and Rhonda Estepp
11 a.m. until 4 p.m. - Horse and Carriage Rides ($5 Adults, $2 Children)
11 a.m. - The Mystery Mountain Boys
12 p.m. - The Swinging Sensations
12:55 p.m. - Introduction of Miss King Coal Festival Queens
1 p.m. - Presentation of Humanitarian Award
1:05 p.m. - Presentation of Community Service Award
1:10 p.m. - Crowning of Mr. King Coal
1:20 p.m. - Blackberry Jam
1:50 p.m. - Black Coal Brass Band
2 p.m. - Little Coal Miner Contest, boys and girls ages 2 years to 7 years old
2:40 p.m. - Singers Arlene and Rhonda Estepp
3 p.m. - Mayor of Iaeger, W.Va., "The Honorable Joe Ford"
4 p.m. - Donovan and the Hillbilly Drive Band
5 p.m. - Parade
5:30 p.m. - Angelina York
5:40 p.m. - Perfect Illusion Band
6:40 p.m. - Singer Peyton Copley
New Special Events to the 2017 King Coal Festival include:
ATV decorating contest - $100 for first place winner, $50 second place and $25 third place. For more information or to register call 304-235-0909.
Kiddie Car Riders - To register call 304-235-0909, riders will be featured in the parade again this year.