MASON COUNTY — Mason County does enjoy a good parade with the AMVETS Memorial Day Parade, held this Saturday, May 27, helping to unofficially kick off summer.
Local residents have a chance to show their support and respect to local veterans during the annual parade sponsored and organized each year by AMVETS Post #2. The actual parade begins at 1 p.m. and travels south along Main Street in Point Pleasant. It is also free to participate in the parade which lines up at 12:30 p.m. at the old Central School. Veterans, Native Americans, churches, scouts and pageant queens often come out to show their patriotism in the parade.
The AMVETS Post #2 and its ladies auxiliary are active in not only Memorial Day activities but on Veterans Day and on 9/11. Contact Dennis Rayburn at 304-674-3663, or firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
Of course, the Memorial Day Parade is one of many planned for Mason County this year. The following is a parade listing released by Mason County Tourism for 2017:
July 1 – Point Pleasant Regatta Parade (Main Street) begins at 11 a.m. Line-up is at 10 a.m. at the former Central School.
July 4 – New Haven/Mason July 4th Parade (New Haven and Mason) begins at 11 a.m. Line-up at the Community Center in New Haven. Contact the New Haven City Building, 304-882-3203 or e-mail email@example.com, for more information.
July 29 – West Virginia State Farm Museum’s Tractor Parade & Show Parade of tractors starts at 9 a.m. from the farm museum and travels to Point Pleasant and back to the farm museum. The parade is followed by tractor games and equipment. For information, contact John Ohlinger, 304-882-2422 or the West Virginia State Farm Museum. 304-675-5737, firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.wvfarmmuseum.org.
Aug. 5 – Mason County Fair Parade (downtown Point Pleasant), starts at noon with line-up at 10 a.m. on Second Street, moving north along Main Street. Contact Brian Billings 304-675-6633 or Mason County Fair Office 304-675-5463. Mason County Fair, P.O.Box 334, Point Pleasant, WV 25550.
Oct. 7 – Battle Days Parade (downtown Point Pleasant) 11 a.m., parade entries call Mason County Tourism Center 304-675-6788. Parade line-up at 10 a.m. at the former Central School. Sign-up for parade is not mandatory but appreciated.
Nov 4 – AMVETS Veterans Day Parade (downtown Point Pleasant) at 1 p.m. Line-up 12:30 p.m. at the former Central School. Sponsored by the Mason County Post #2 AMVETS. Contact Dennis Rayburn, 304-674-3663 for more information.
Dec. 1 – Point Pleasant Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting in Gunn Park, (downtown Point Pleasant) 6 p.m. Parade has Christmas holiday theme complete with Santa Claus. Line-up 5 p.m. at former Central School, tree lighting ceremony in Gunn Park immediately after parade. Sign-up for parade is not mandatory but appreciated. Contact Mason County Tourism Center 304-675-6788, email@example.com for more information.
Dec. 2 – Christmas Parade for Mason/New Haven, noon, sponsored by the towns of Mason and New Haven. Contact the New Haven City Building at 304-882-3203 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Beth Sergent is editor of Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at email@example.com.