POINT PLEASANT — Battle Days kicked off Friday and will continue through Sunday.
The festivities began with the annual Heritage Queen Contest, held at the Gene Salem Center on Friday morning. Mayor Brian Billings was the emcee with Sheriff Greg Powers and Delegate Jim Butler escorting contestants to the stage.
This year, after competing in the competition nine times over nine years, 96-year old Charlotte Knaul, finally had her name drawn as this year’s winner. Knaul, of Point Pleasant, said it was exciting to be chosen and “I didn’t expect it.” Knaul’s daughters Carol Jarrell and Edie Legg said their mother almost threw in the towel and didn’t run but at the last minute, decided to try just one more time. The prize baskets and free cake from the GFWC Woman’s Club are always good incentives to show up, according to those in attendance. The Mason County Action Group helps organize the event each year.
Competing with Knaul were Geri Schronce, Geneva “Cookie” Gardner and Phyllis Coleman, all of Point Pleasant.
In addition, elementary school students from across Mason County and beyond arrived at Tu-Endie-State Park to participate in educational workshops, including lessons about Native Americans, apple butter making, local historical figures like Daniel Boone and Ann Bailey, and more. Students were also treated to horse-drawn wagon rides which will be at the festival on Saturday as well.
Battle Days continues through the weekend at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park with the following schedule of events. Admission is free.
Saturday, Oct. 8: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mansion House Museum open; 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., crafts, activities, entertainment sponsored by Main Street Merchants; 11 a.m. parade on Main Street; noon, elementary school chorus, wagon rides start at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park; 12:30 p.m. John Marshall Fife and Drum Corps perform; 1 p.m., Center Shot Ministries (archery), Chief Cornstalk reenactor, Pipes and Drums; 1:30 p.m., Colonial Games, Daniel Boone reenactor, Dulcimers musical performance; 2 p.m. Modock Rounders perform, Ann Bailey reenactor; 2:30 p.m. Chief Cornstalk reenactor; 3 p.m. Ann Bailey renenactor; 3:30 p.m. Daniel Boone reenactor; 4 p.m. Princess Tea Party, (the Princess of the Point and her friends will serve tea and cookies to all princesses under the pavilion in their “magical kingdom,” cost is $8 per princess which includes admission, refreshments and favors, RSVP was required), also at 4 p.m., Kootaga Indian Dancers; 6-8 p.m. Colonial Governor’s Reception at American Legion (Sons of the American Revolution members only, tickets required); 7-9 p.m. “An Evening with the Newmans” is presented (the Mansion House will be lit by lanterns as Walter and Catherine Newman reenactors share stories of life on the Virginia frontier, period music and light refreshments will be provided); 8-10 p.m., Colonial Ball at the American Legion (free for ages 13 and up).
Sunday, Oct. 9: 10 a.m. Colonial Church Service; 1-4:30 p.m. Mansion House Museum open; 2 p.m., memorial service honoring those militiamen killed at the Battle of Point Pleasant.
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