The Williamson Park Board and its new director Brandon Ball should be commended for trying to schedule events for the youth of the Williamson area.
The Park Board has three events scheduled in October, including taking on the Halloween Bash to be held at the historic Williamson Fieldhouse.
For many years the Williamson Kiwanis Club held its annual Trick or Treat event for the children, but due to declining membership and finances, that was dropped last year.
The event offers a safe alternative for the children of the Tug Valley area.
A Halloween Bash has been scheduled at the Fieldhouse on Thursday, Oct. 29.
The event is sponsored by the Park Board and the Citizens for a Better Williamson and coincides with Mingo County’s scheduled Trick or Treat. The citizens group should also be praised for the work they are doing in the city of Williamson.
For the Halloween Bash on Trick or Treat Night, the Fieldhouse will be open from the hours of 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and will feature treats, games and costume contests.
Another event slated and organized by the Park Board is a movie night on Saturday, Oct. 24. This will be an event for the entire family and starts at 7:00 p.m. The occasion features two popular family friendly Halloween movies: “Hocus Pocus and Beetle Juice.” Weather permitting, the event will be held outside at the Lefty Hamilton Park on the football field. For that reason, those attending are encouraged to bring a blanket and folding chairs. If it rains, the event will be moved inside the Williamson Fieldhouse.
There is no entry fee but donations will be accepted. Vendors are welcome to set up at the event for a $10 fee.
Rocktoberfest has been scheduled at the Williamson Fieldhouse on Oct. 31 at 6:00 p.m. The event features local bands: One in the Chamber, Victimeyes, Kender and Sever the Wicked. There will be a costume contest as well. The cost for admission will be $10.
Ball has regularly held “open gym” night for local basketball enthusiasts. This has drawn good crowds for those who still like to hit the hardwood for some hoops.
The new director has hit the ground running. He has also worked with a local group on a “game night” at the softball park.
An Alumni Basketball Tournament featuring two age divisions, 29 and under and 30 and over, has also been planned. Teams from Mingo County and all surrounding areas are invited and welcomed. All teams are guaranteed three games with a double elimination tournament. Entry fee is $40 per player with one team captain responsible for turning in money and shirt sizes for each team entered. Contact Williamson Park Board, Todd Nenni or Ball with questions or for more information. Contact Ball at 606-625-2458.
The Fieldhouse is also open for walkers, especially now that the weather has gotten cooler.
Ball, a longtime basketball enthusiast and local youth coach, is also assisting with the Williamson Buddy League to help build that league back up. He will definitely be an asset in that capacity.
Many times people in the area say there is nothing to do. But the Park Board is trying to organize events for the youth and adults.
So the next time you hear someone say they have nothing to do, you might want to tell them to see what the Williamson Park Board has scheduled.
(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern)