WILLIAMSON – At a regular meeting of the Williamson City Council, Jada Hunter President of Action in Mingo (AIM) approached the council to discuss the upcoming annual King Coal Festival.
Hunter approached the council stating, “I am here on behalf of the AIM group. We have been meeting for some time planning the King Coal Festival for this year… “
Hunter continued, explaining that she had come before the council to request that the festival be held in downtown Williamson again this year. “It will be held September 15, which is Thursday through September 18 which is Sunday. The only day we will be downtown is the 17th. On the 15th we will have our pet show at the gazebo located near the old Williamson swimming pool. Friday night, Landau Eugene Murphy is performing at Mingo Central High School (MCHS). The Tug Valley Arts Council is sponsoring him and they wanted to schedule it during the King Coal Festival week. There are a couple of reunions going on that week and it gives them something to do,” Hunter stated.
Hunter explained that because of the concert at MCHS, the block party that traditionally takes place Friday night will be moved to after the festival on Saturday. “We normally have our block party on Friday night, but this time we are having it Saturday night after everything else has happened during the day. That is going to be a very long Saturday. That morning, the vendors will start setting up their booths at 7 a.m. They are to have everything set up and ready to go about 8:30. The public is invited to come at 9 a.m. We will have music all day as usual. We have already reserved the stage from the county commission. We will be asking them to provide a guard at the Courthouse so we can have it open all day.” The block party will be held following the festival and the parade and will continue until around 11 p.m. Saturday night.
Hunter then requested that Williamson Police Chief Barry Blair have an officer led the parade later that evening. “I wanted to ask Chief Blair if we can have an officer lead our parade at 5 p.m. that day.” Blair was in attendance at the meeting and explained that it should not be a problem. Later in the meeting, Blair and Fire Chief Joey Carey agreed to assist with blocking the road, covering the parking meters and provide other assistance as needed.
This year, horse and carriage rides will be available during the King Coal Festival on Saturday. “We will be having horse and carriage rides this year…It adds another feature. It will be $5 for adults and $2 for children,” Hunter explained.
This year, AIM has lowered vendor prices during the festival. “Another thing, we lowered our vendor prices from the $50 that it has been for about four or five years to $25 dollars. It will make it easier for them to pay that.”
The King Coal Festival is scheduled to begin on Thursday, September 15 and continue until Sunday September 17.
(Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)