WILLIAMSON – A large crowd turned out to celebrate the Tug Valley area’s coal mining heritage at the 43rd annual King Coal Festival this weekend in downtown Williamson.
Events began Thursday evening, with a pet show at the gazebo adjacent to the Williamson swimming pool. Many people turned out for the event with their favorite canine in tow.
The festivities continued Friday evening with a block party in downtown Williamson.
On Saturday,events kicked off at 7 a.m. at the Williamson Field house with the Frank O’ Brien Run sponsored by the Williamson Women’s Club. There was also a “One Mile Walk,” that began at 9 a.m.
Many vendors turned out at the downtown festival. Those attending the event were able to purchase their favorite festival food, crafts and specialty items.
The Car and Bike Show had numerous vehicle entries. Trophies were awarded for the top 25. Children participated in the Kid’s Power Wheel Race. There was a new category this year for the “best old fire truck.”
A new event was added this year, which enabled participants to decorate an ATV to be judged. The winning ATV was invited to join the parade line up.
Live entertainment continued throughout the event. Gilbert native, Thomas White was the featured performer at this year’s festival. White is a country music entertainer that has several CDs to his credit.
People also took advantage of the airboat rides and the Hatfield and McCoy Historic Bus Tour available during festival hours.
At 5 p.m. there was a parade. Kid’s gathered along Williamson’s streets, eager to collect free candy being thrown by parade participants. The winners of this year’s King Coal Beauty Pageant were included in the parade line up. This year, children driving battery powered vehicles were also included in the parade.
Events concluded at with The King Coal Festival Corn Hole Tournament at Starter’s. The event was held to honor the memory of Pierce Whitt.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2279.)