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Dave's Drive-Through Weekend

Dave's Drive-Through Weekend

Dave’s Drive-Through Weekend

Your Guide to the Weekend

Fall is just around the corner, our best weather has arrived and we are celebrating this weekend.
Here's a look at our feast of fests in the Tri-State.

Marshall's Fest2 @ Harris Riverfront 

At 3 p.m. Friday, head to Harris Riverfront Park where Marshall's office of student activities pops and drops Fest2 with a ton of musical acts including Huey Mack, We The Kings, Ryan Cabrera, 3OH!3, Chanel West Coast, as well as six regional acts including Ona, Time and Distance and DJ Veil.
Tickets are $30 and free for those 12 and under. Other regional acts include: A Story Told, DJ Veil, Letters, and The Company Stores. Those bands all picked from more than 30 local groups during a "virtual audition." There will also be drink and food vendors including Chickpeas and many others,
Tickets are on sale at Ticketmaster and the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse Box Office.
Go online at www.facebook.com/MarshallFEST and Twitter and Instagram at @MarshallFEST.

Poage Landing Days

Set in downtown Ashland, the annual Poage Landing Days runs Friday through Sunday with some great live music, arts and crafts and some really unique events.
One of the biggest things this year is the 10th annual Kentucky Fried Cone Fest that will serve as the World Championship for Slalom Skateboarding.
There's also a unique event for pet lovers as Kentucky DockDogs present WoofStock a pet-friendly part of the fest that will also feature the high-flying sport of DockDogs. 
Music fans will enjoy three great days of music including the 20th annual Ed Haley Fiddle Festival and contest and such free music as Joe Dee Messina, Kelsie May and Cody Wickline, Sundy Best and the Davisson Brothers.
Call the Ashland Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, 606-329-1007 or 800-377-6249 or go online at www.visitashlandky.com for a complete schedule.

My other festival picks this weekend ... get a head start on Halloween by heading to Point Pleasant where the 14th annual Mothman Festival runs Saturday and Sunday, Sept.19-20, in downtown and head to Charleston for the fourth annual ShockaCon Horror and Sci/Fi Convention at the Beni Kedem Shrine. ShockaCon runs Friday through Sunday with celebrity guests, authors, artists, filmmakers and FX professionals.

Here's more info on those two fests....

Call Mothman Lives at 740-286-4772 or go online at www.mothmanfestival.com for more info.

More information and specific times for individual workshops and demos can be found at www.wvshockacon.com and www.facebook.com/wvshockacon.

The 'Rent' is Due at the Paramount

The Paramount Players step up their stage game tackling the iconic modern musical, "Rent," the winner of both the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1996.
Paramount Players will present the edgy, rock musical at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17 and Friday, Sept. 18 at the Paramount Arts Center.
Tickets are $25. To purchase tickets call the Paramount box office at 606-324-0007 or visit www.paramountartscenter.com.
Based loosely on Puccini's "La Boheme," Jonathan Larson's "Rent" follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS and through such powerful songs as "Seasons of Love," "Out Tonight," and more. "Rent" is rated R. Tickets are $25. To purchase tickets call the Paramount box office at 606-324-0007 or visit ParamountArtsCenter.com.

Roller Derby @ The Arena

The Big Sandy Superstore Arena takes a round and round ride on the wild side as they host another home bout for the Women's Flat Track Roller Derby team, the Jewel City Roller Girls.
Come out at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19 and enjoy a double-header that features some of the region's best going at it. The Charleston-based Chemival Valley Roller Girls All-Stars will be taking on ROCK out of Lexington, Ky., and the Huntington-based Jewel City Rollergirls will battle Voodoo of Parkersburg, W.Va.
Tickets are $10 advance, $15 at the door. Kids 2-12 are $8 at the door, 2 years and under are free.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., first whistle is at 6:30 pm.
A portion of the proceeds from this bout will benefit Lily's Place (www.lilysplace.org).
For more info, check out the Jewel City Rollergirls FB page at https://www.facebook.com/JewelCityRollergirls?fref=ts

My Dave Trippin' Pick: 
My road-trip pick this weekend is to Morehead, Kentucky where the 23rd annual Poppy Mountain presents the best names in bluegrass and traditional country artists through Saturday.
Hear a wide range of traditional artists such as Dave Evans and Sam Wilson as well as country artists from SundyBest and John Anderson to Tracy Lawrence, and the best of contemporary bluegrass with Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Blue Highway, Town Mountain, Iron Horse, Dan Tyminski & Ronnie Bowman and many more.
Go online at www.poppymountainbluegrass.com.

Dave Lavender is the author of "Dave Trippin: A Daytripper's Guide to the 
Appalachian Galaxy of Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia" and his new 
travel book, "Mo' Dave Trippin" now for sale on Amazon.com and through 
CreateSpace. He covers regional travel. Follow The Herald-Dispatch 
reporter on Facebook and Twitter @DaveLavenderHD.