POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — The annual Battle Days festival kicked off Friday with a day of learning and educational demonstrations for fourth graders from Mason County, W.Va. and beyond.
Held at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park, students traveled from station to station, learning everything from blacksmithing, to colonial childhood games, to how to join the militia.
Friday morning the park was full of students from Leon, Roosevelt, Beale and even Guyandotte elementary schools. Friday’s weather had an autumn feel, making it ideal, volunteers remarked. Friday is traditionally known as “Living History Day” at the festival and will be followed by a full day of events this Saturday and the annual memorial service this Sunday.
Saturday’s event schedule:
11 a.m., Battle Days Parade, Main Street, line up is 10 a.m. near Main Street Baptist Church. The theme of the parade this year is “Battling for 245 Years;” noon – 4 p.m., Tu-Endie-Wei State Park, various colonial demonstrations will be taking place in the park; noon – high school and elementary school chorus; 1 p.m. – demonstration by Mad Anne Bailey; 1:30 p.m. – demonstrations by Daniel Boone and Pucksinwah; 2 p.m. – gathering of descendants; 2:30 p.m. – demonstrations by Chief Cornstalk and Mad Anne Bailey; 3 p.m. – demonstrations by Daniel Boone and Colonial Games; 3:30 p.m. – demonstrations by Pucksinwah, Mad Anne Bailey and Chief Cornstalk; 6-8 p.m. – Colonial Governor’s Reception at Sacred Heart Catholic Church (Sons of the American Revolution members only, tickets required); 8-10 p.m. – Colonial Ball at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, free for ages 13 and up.
Sunday’s event schedule:
10 a.m. – colonial church service; 1-4:30 p.m. – Mansion House open for tours; 2:30 p.m. – memorial service.
The memorial service, and festival, will commemorate the 245th anniversary of the Battle of Point Pleasant.
Admission to the festival is free. Concessions located just outside the park entrance.
Beth Sergent is editor of Ohio Valley Publishing.