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21st Annual West Virginia Coal Festival To Start Tuesday

Reported by: Send eMail Kaylin Searles
Reported: Jun. 17, 2014 2:59 PM EDT
Updated: Jun. 17, 2014 3:43 PM EDT
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Madison , Boone County , West Virginia

Madison is rolling out the red carpet for visitors coming to the town’s annual West Virginia Coal Festival, which celebrates coal and its heritage.

Opening ceremonies begin Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. Chris Hamilton, senior vice president of the West Virginia Coal Association, will be the featured speaker this year. Hamilton has had a relationship with coal his entire professional career, starting with underground mining and moving up to serve as a deputy director of the West Virginia Department of Mines.

Festival officials said Boone County produces more coal than any county in West Virginia. Participants can enjoy learning the heritage of coal by touring the Coal Heritage Museum and visiting mine machinery displays.

The event will feature multiple free concerts that are bringing in a hefty line-up of musicians, including artists such as local favorite Rick Huckaby, Chasing Nashville winner Autumn Blair and the top recording artists Little Texas.

The five-day event continues through Saturday evening, concluding with a “Ladies Night” performance, featuring two female, artists and lighting up the sky with a fireworks show.



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