Point fireworks rescheduled


July 9, 2012

POINT PLEASANT — Though the storms and power outages may have delayed the fireworks display for the City of Point Pleasant, it did not cancel it.

According to Mayor Brian Billings, the city will have its fireworks display at 10 p.m., Saturday, July 14 at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park. These are the same fireworks which were to be detonated on Saturday, June 30 during the Point Pleasant Sternwheel Regatta. Due to storm damage and power outages, the fireworks were canceled and a later rain date secured.

Prior to the fireworks on Saturday, WBYG will be hosting its Texaco Country Showdown at 7 p.m. in the amphitheater at the Riverfront Park. The showdown was originally supposed to be held during the regatta but had to be rescheduled.

The contest is open to vocal and/or instrumental performers and welcomes individual acts or groups with up to seven members to compete. Acts also must not have performed on a record charted in the top 100 country format of Billboard, Radio and Records, or the Gavin Report within 18 months preceding local competition.

Again, WBYG “Big Country 99” will host the Texaco County Showdown, America’s largest country music talent search and radio promotion. Approximately $200,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded nationwide including the Grand Prize of $100,000 cash to the national winner, presented at the national final televised special.

Each year, hometown talent contests sponsored by over 500 local radio stations across the country pave the road to stardom. Local winners advance to over 40 state contests where the prizes include $1,000 in cash and the opportunity to compete at one of five regional contests in the fall. The five regional winners receive an expense-paid trip to the national final to compete for $100,000 and the coveted national title.

Also on Saturday, the Fourth Annual Point Pleasant River Museum Car and Bike Show will be held across from Tu-Endie-Wei State Park - luckily, this event did not have to be canceled and was already planned for this Saturday. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with the show lasting from noon to 4 p.m. There will be concessions, music and awards and prize drawings. Classes for the show include 1985 and newer; 1984 and older; motorcycle and motorized bikes. For more information contact Jack Fowler or Ruth Fout at 304-675-0144.

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