WILLIAMSON, W.Va. – If you or someone you know thinks the Pokemon Go app is “all the rage” and take advantage of every free moment you have to chase those little creatures, then you can’t miss PokeFest Saturday evening in downtown Williamson.
With several cities and towns surrounding the Mingo-Pike area hosting events and setting up charging stations, event organizer Tonya Webb thought it would be a good idea and great economic boost for Williamson.
The event will kick off in downtown at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and will last until 9:00 p.m.
Inflatables and vendors will be set up along second avenue from the Health and Wellness Center to the intersection of the Harvey Street Bridge.
Homer Mullins a DJ with No Limit Entertainment will be set up on stage in front of the Mingo County courthouse for the entire event.
Nathan Varney, owner of Page 3 Game Zone in Pikeville, Ky will have a tent will be set up in the area of Pike Street and second avenue around Justin Marcum’s Law Office.
Varney will be teaching players how to play the Pokemon card game and will also have a card trading table set up.
Several vendors are scheduled to be at the event selling various Pokemon items, such as cinch sacks, bracelets, collectables and other items.
Mo’s Ark will have a booth set up to sell Christian items, a face painting booth, a temporary tattoo booth and a Tropical Sno booth.
Lassoing Hearts will be set up around Hurley Drug on Logan Street. You can have a picture taken with a pony for $1 or take a ride on one of the ponies for $5.
WXCC will be doing a live remote throughout the event and will have giveaways.
Several vendors will be doing giveaways also.
Parking will be available free of charge at several locations including beside the Cinderella Building on third avenue, across from Sazon’s at the corner of first avenue and Prichard Street, as well as the parking lot across from BBT and beside and behind Goodwill (on the floodwall side). Overflow parking will be available across the bridge in the Appalachian Plaza.
Around 9:00 p.m. Giovanni’s of South Williamson will sponsor a movie at the Williamson Fieldhouse.
Treat bags will given to the first 50 kids through the door.
Punch and popcorn will be provided, but you will need to bring a blanket or chair.
Weather permitting, on Friday afternoon Jenna McCowan, Jennie McGuire, Jordan Zienkiewicz, Kim McClanahan, Lauren Thompson, Matt Harris, Staci Gilliam and Sydney Daugherty will be volunteering their time and artistic talents to decorate local business with window paint and sidewalk chalk.
They are providing their talents to businesses free of charge.
Anyone wanting to come by and watch the transformation and observe the talents of these artists is welcome to do so.
Anyone needing more information on PokeFest may contact Tonya Webb at 606-625-1628 or on Facebook.
Kendra Mahon is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be reached at [email protected] 304-235-4242 ext 2278.