LABOR DAY WEEKEND FESTIVAL! September 2, 3, 4 & September 5, 2016
SPONSORED BY TOWN OF ROWLESBURG, TOURISM COMMISSION AND COMMUNITY PARK
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Events scheduled all three days in the Park, Szilagyi Center, Railroad Depot and Ambulance Building.
KIDS FREE CABOOSE RIDES AROUND TOWN SUNDAY!
LABOR DAY WEEKEND FESTIVAL IN ROWLESBURG
What is late summer without the Rowlesburg Ox Roast! This event has something to offer on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday of Labor Day Weekend. On Friday the FIREMAN’S PARADE starts at 7 P.M. The big firemen’s parade draws large crowds with bands, fire trucks, the Buckwheat Festival Royal Court, floats, railroad trucks, antique cars and lots of candy for the kids!
FRIDAY Sept. 2, 2016
The Fireman’s Parade Starts At 7 P.M. Music and food in the Park.
SATURDAY Sept. 3, 2016
Rowlesburg hosts the Preston County Train Show, September 3, 4 & 5, 2016 at the Depot and Ambulance Building. This is the second decade of model train shows in Rowlesburg for the Labor Day festivities. The three-day show celebrates the people and heritage of this old railroad town. This year’s show features the N-Track model railroads of Edd Braithwood and his friends from the Northern Virginia N-track Club. The sponsors this year are Rowlesburg’s Tourism Commission and the new River House Lodge in Rowlesburg.
The clubs set up in the Ambulance building a few steps from the railroad depot. The Depot will be open for the weekend. The trains will be up and running by 10;00 am on Saturday, September 3rd. Just outside the doors of the Ambulance Building is the old B&O main line that sees regular CSX service. The famous mountain helpers are coupled to the back of the eastbound trains pushing the heavy loads up Cranberry Summit. Quite a sight to see. The 1927 caboose is next door and will be open for visitors. Start your tour at the caboose and B&O Depot Museum or the Ambulance building. Get free ride on the River House Lodge’s road caboose from venue to venue! Adults and kids ride all weekend for free. Get on or off anyplace in town.
Railroaders from Cumberland to Clarksburg come every year to enjoy the exhibits and Park. The 1927 Centenary B&O Model Bridge Exhibit is open all day on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, along with the famous WWII Exhibit. Both are permanently housed at the Szilagyi Center (High School), thanks to the RRC. Loads of fun for the kids, moms, dads and the grandparents!
In addition to all of the model trains, the Szilagyi Center will be offering many different events, including the Annual Alumni Dance, featuring “The Classics.” The dance will be held in the auditorium of the Szilagyi Center on Saturday from 8:00 ‘till 11:00. The dance is sponsored by the Rowlesburg Revitalization Committee and is open to the public. For information regarding tickets call Katie Wolfe at 304-454-9232.
The Park is open all day serving food, music and fun. Saturday is grilled chicken dinner day. Roger Riggs prepares and grills the chicken from an ancient family recipe, believed to have been brought to this country centuries ago. Some say the chicken is the best in three states.
CANNON HILL RIDES Sat., Sun., & Mon. September 3-5, 2016
Cannon Hill rides will run this year! The RRC in cooperation with Rowlesburg Historical Society will sponsor the rides once again. To sign up for rides go the Café in the Szilagyi Center, or the RRC welcome tent and pick a time to go. Staff in the Center or welcome tent will collect a fee of $8 for adults and $4 for children (credit cards accepted) and you will learn about the Battle of Rowlesburg and see one of the most spectacular views in West Virginia. The rides leave from the Szilagyi Center on all three days beginning at 12:00. Of course, the trip depends upon the weather. A notice will be posted at the Szilagyi Center if the rides are cancelled for a particular day. For advance booking call Tim Weaver at 304-454-2095.
SUNDAY Sept. 4, 2016
When it comes to trains everyday is Kids Day! Kids of all ages and their families are welcome to the model train show, and to watch the real trains operating in Rowlesburg. This year we will offer opportunities on Sunday for kids to run the model trains; there will be free rides in the caboose everyday and treats for the kids at the Model Train Show! Bicycle clubs and kayaking clubs also are invited to an outdoor mountain and river festival in Rowlesburg starting at 9:00 am Saturday in the Park. Sunday is Reunion Day for families and old high school friends. The Szilagyi Center Auditorium is open all day for alums. Come early and spend the day. Food will be served. The Concession Stand in the Park will be open. Bell’s will be open all three days for pizza, food for picnics, sandwiches, soft drinks and other beverages, and a full line of groceries. Rowlesburg's newest restaurant, the Sidetraked Bar and Grill, will be open all day serving a complete menue. Cool Springs will be open all three days. There should be plenty of food in the Rowlesburg area. If you have not reserved a pavilion in the Park, please do so immediately! Call Delores Riggs at 304-454-9533.
MONDAY Sept. 5, 2016
That mouth-watering aroma wafting over the park is the most famous roast beef in West Virginia! This delicious treat is served from noon until dark. The roast beef is pit-cooked all night right in the Park on a fire of local hardwoods. Secret seasonings are added to the meat. The roast beef is served with complete dinners or on sandwiches.
Another big feature on Monday is the appearance of Owen Schmitt, former WVU and NFL star. Owen will meet folks from 1-3 pm and sign autographs. The music starts in the morning and plays all day. Bring your chairs and enjoy the roast beef and entertainment. The bands include Paul Berger, the Vandells, the 501 Band and others. These are a smash hit every year and draw hundreds of visitors. Monday is the traditional antique and classic car show.
For the kids there will be Mickey and Minnie, face painting, horse and wagon rides, play ground equipment and plenty to eat. There will be vendors galore and old friends to greet. Many come for takeout and the Park is happy to accommodate. Lots of parking and plenty to do for folks of all ages. Things end with a bang at 8:30 pm--the BIG fireworks show against the backdrop of Cannon Hill. This is one of the biggest fireworks shows in Northern West Virginia.