POINT PLEASANT — With summer nearly upon Mason County, it’s the perfect time to book a “staycation,” with plenty of things to do right here at home.
Though many complain there’s “nothing to do” in Mason County, that’s not true if you look at the summer tourism schedule released by the The Mason County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
May 19 – Point Pleasant River Museum’s Shanty Boat Night (Point Pleasant First Church of God). The evening will begin with dinner being served at 6:30 p.m. May 19-21—Siege of Fort Randolph (Fort Randolph at Krodel Park) 18th annual event, Friday, May 19, school tours 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., gates close at 5 p.m.; Saturday, May 20, demonstrations and frontier life skills in fort and nearby Indian village, 9 a.m. to noon, trade blanket shopping, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., flag raising, 10 a.m., magistrate court, 12:30 p.m.; “The Siege of Fort Randolph, The Death of Cornstalk” outdoor drama at 2 p.m., admission fee for drama $3, children under 6 free; running the gauntlet at the Indian village, 3 p.m., auction at 4 p.m., gates close at 5 p.m.; Sunday, May 21, gates open at 9 a.m., church service, 10 a.m., gates close 2 p.m.
May 27 – Amvets Memorial Day Parade (Main Street) 1 p.m., line-up from 12:30 p.m. at the north end of Main Street.
June 3 – Antique Tractor Pull (WV State Farm Museum, 1458 Fairground Road) 5 p.m., admission free. June 3 – Bend Area C.A.R.E./Budweiser Catfish Tournament (Mason Park and Levy, Mason,) tournament hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 10 – Going “Colonial” Workshop (Fort Randolph at Krodel Park) 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. June 10 – Bikes & BBQ (downtown Point Pleasant at Gunn Park) 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., inaugural Backyard BBQ Cook-off and Bike Tour of Mason County. June 29-July 1 -Annual Point Pleasant Regatta (Riverfront Park, Tu-Endie-Wei State Park and Main Street), this is the regatta’a 27th year.
July 1 – Antique Tractor Pull (WV State Farm Museum, 1458 Fairground Road) 5 p.m., admission is free. July 1 – Point Pleasant Regatta Parade (Main Street) 11 a.m., line-up at 10 a.m. at former Central School. July 1 – Point Pleasant Fourth of July Fireworks, 10 p.m. July 4 – New Haven/Mason July 4th Parade (New Haven and Mason), 11 a.m., line-up at the Community Center in New Haven. July 8 – Children’s “Liberty Day” Adventure (Fort Randolph at Krodel Park) 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. July 24 – River Museum’s Annual Belle of Cincinnati Dinner Cruise (Riverfront Park) 6:30-9:30 p.m. July 29 – WV State Farm Museum’s Tractor Parade and Show Parade of tractors start at 9 a.m. from the WV State Farm Museum and travels to Point Pleasant and back to the farm museum.
Aug. 5 – Mason County Fair Parade (downtown Point Pleasant) noon, line-up starts at 10 a.m., 2nd Street, Point Pleasant. Aug. 7-12 – Mason County Fair (Fairgrounds Road) 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. each day. Aug. 12 – Hearth Side Baking (Fort Randolph at Krodel Park) 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Aug. 18 – Aug. 20, Mothman Geo Trail (downtown Point Pleasant), the GeoTrail will be a series of Geocaches all relating to the Mothman.
Sept. 1 – 2, Tribute to the River (Riverfront Park), tow boat tours, line throw, children’s games and more, free admission. Sept. 2 – Antique Tractor Pull (WV State Farm Museum, 1458 Fairground Road) 5 p.m., free admission. Sept. 16 – 17 – Annual Mothman Festival (Main Street, Riverfront Park) 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Beth Sergent is editor of Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at email@example.com.