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Dave's Drive-Through Weekend

Dave's Drive-Through Weekend

Dave’s Drive-Through Weekend

Come Together America - Be Free On the Fourth 
While Americans may not agree on hot button issues from gay marriage to the Confederate flags, there's one thing they can agree on, it's good to be free. And thank God and George Washington we're going to celebrate that very fact come Saturday - if not before.

You can party like its 1776 this weekend as every little bitty city and dot on a state road map is lighting up a black sky with those rockets red glare and those firework mortars bursting in air.

Here's a look at a bunch of places to find some fantastic fireworks:

Camden Park gets the party started with fireworks on Friday night and some live music Friday through Sunday by the bluegrass act, The Fox Hunt.

Ashland bullets the blue sky during the 27th annual Summer Motion. Fireworks are at 10 p.m. Saturday, right after music from Hollywood Nights: The Bob Seger Experience and headliner Andy Griggs.
Go online at www.summermotion.com for more info.

On Saturday in Greenup, hook up with DragonFly Adventures as they're planning a Moonlight kayak paddle down to the Little Sandy to the Ohio River to watch the always amazing Greenup fireworks.
Go online at http://www.dragonflyoutdooradventures.com/ to find out more about this event and other Moonlight paddles this summer.

Enjoy some Friday night fireworks in Charleston as Live on the Levee has all that swing and jazz with Ryan Kennedy Trio and Columbia Records artist Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., at Haddad Riverfront Park in Charleston on Friday, July 3.
Ryan Kennedy, the ace guitarist who plays in the Mountain Stage band, will open the show at 6:30 p.m. with his trio, and Murphy and his band, led by Huntington keyboardist and bandleader Mark Smith, takes the stage at 7:45 p.m. Friday and fireworks follow.
Live on the Levee continues every Friday through Labor Day weekend. Go online at liveontheleveecharleston.com for more info.

July Fourth Holiday Going to the Dogs

The Big Sandy Superstore Arena is going a little red, white and pooch this holiday weekend. The July 4th weekend gets shared with man's best friend as the Huntington Kennel Club will have its 97th and 98th American Kennel Club dog shows in Huntington from 8 a.m. until Best of Show (usually about 4:30 p.m.) on Saturday, July 4, and Sunday, July 5.
Admission is $5; $3 for seniors; children 15 and younger are admitted free with a paying adult. The dog shows typically bring in about 500 dogs and owners from as far away as New York and Texas and from more than a dozen states.
To get things started, Charleston's Magic Valley Kennel Club is having a puppy match on Friday evening. They are having a sanctioned confirmation and obedience training that will start at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 3. That is free and open to the public.
On Saturday and Sunday, the doors will open at 7 a.m., and the judging will begin about 8 a.m.

Way Back Weekend at Heritage Farm Ice Cream Social

Escape the hustle and bustle of the holiday with a laid-back Way Back Weekend as Heritage Farm Museum and Village hosts its Ice Cream Social-themed Way Back Weekend from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 4.
Come out an enjoy some ice cream churned by the hit 'm' miss engine, as well as some great desserts and food from River and Rail Bakery. While at the Farm, enjoy browsing its seven museums, gift shop, petting zoo and Artisan Center.
Also take a wagon ride around the Farm, check out the Model A's car show by the River and Rail A's, and enjoy pioneer games and heritage dancing as well.
Go online at http://heritagefarmmuseum.com/ or call 304-522-1244 for more info.

Go Hit Some Waves of Fun

People will be tired from a July Fourth Weekend, and so you can beat the crowd out for some fun in the sun at Waves of Fun, the closest water park to Huntington/
Opened in 1981, Waves of Fun, at Hurricane's Valley Park, features a 505,000 gallon wave pool with three free diminishing to surf, there's 102 minutes of waves followed by eight minutes of calm. There are concessions, a 60,000 square foot area for sunbathing, several water slides and lots of nearby activities in Valley Park. The park has sand volleyball, 18-hole miniature golf, hiking trails and more.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon to 7 p.m. on Sundays. Cost is $10 (48' and taller), $9 (for individuals 42' to 47'), $8 (for under 42'). Four and younger get in free. Float rental is $5 ($1 back after returning the tube). $6 for all after 4 p.m. All ages $7 on Mondays for Putnam County residents (with proof of residency) excluding holidays.
Call 304-562-2355 or you can contact the park office as well for reservations for parties, 304-562-0518 and on the web at wvwavesoffun.weebly.com/.

Get Your Climb On at Carter Caves

Looking for a cool new place to climb or rappel? Carter Caves State Resort Park in Olive Hill, Ky. is opening a new adventure activity area at the park – rappelling and rock climbing. This free, self-guided activity is open to guests at the park. Anyone interested in taking part needs to register at the lodge front desk and obtain a permit. The climbing area will be open after 2 p.m. Thursday, July 2.
Climbing anchors have been placed in a cliffside along the Three Bridges Trail, and climbers and rappellers can park nearby. Climbers and rappellers will be asked to follow a few rules such as climbing only during daylight hours, not climbing alone and using only the existing anchors for rigging. Climbers and rappellers ages 17 and under must have a parent or guardian sign for them. Climbers and rappellers need to be experienced and must also bring their own equipment.
Call the park at 1-800-325-0059 for more information.
Carter Caves State Resort Park is located at 344 Caveland Drive in Olive Hill. The park has a lodge with a restaurant, cottages and campground. Besides cave tours, activities include hiking, boating and fishing.

Anchor Down in Ashland

It's a great time to anchor down in Ashland. On Friday, check out Summer Motion, of course, as well as some other cool events happening around the river city.
It's First Friday Art Walk along Winchester Avenue on Friday from about 5 to 9 p.m., and then for something completely different and fun, head out to the Tin Woof Inn, 126 Linn Ave., in the Paul Coffey Industrial Park, where dogs and owners from all over the eastern United States will be competing in the DockDogs North Central Regional Championships from 3 p.m. Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5.
Come out and watch some of the fastest retrieving, highest and farthest jumping dogs in a fun and fam friendly competition that is hosted by the Kentucky DockDogs. There's RV and tent camping at Tin Woof for folks wanting to stay the weekend.
Go online at https://www.facebook.com/kentuckydockdogs?fref=ts for more info,

My DAVE TRIPPIN PICK: My roadtrip pick this weekend is Hamlin, West Virginia where they're hosting four days of Fourth of July fun with a demolition derby, a mud run, a truck and tractor pull, a pig chase, a horse show, a carnival and, of course, fireworks and music. 

Kick it country style out of the Lincoln County Memorial Fairgrounds in Hamlin as they present four big days and nights of fun Thursday through Sunday, July 2-5 with some good time, mud-slinging 4X4 fun.
Fireworks cap off a full Saturday at 10 p.m. before that enjoy Saturday morning field games including the always fun pig chase in a barn at 11 a.m., there's a mud run at 1 p.m., and Coal Fired, burns up some country music at 8 p.m. Other highlights include a Thursday night demolition derby (at 7:30 p.m.), a Friday night truck and tractor pull (also at 7:30 p.m.) and a Sunday afternoon horse show at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 5.
All events are free except for carnival rides. Go online at www.lcfairsandfestivals.com for more info or call 304-549-7301 for more info.

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.