Larry See

Hampshire County Parks and Recreation will offer four Summer Sports Camps beginning in June. The camps are open to all boys and girls in grades three-through-eight as of the fall, 2019, except wrestling. The Wrestling Camp is open to all boys and girls age four through high school. The registration fee for each camp is $20.

The schedule for the camps is as follows: Volleyball — June 17-18 from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. at the Hampshire High School Gym; Boys’ Basketball — June 24-25 from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. at the Hampshire High School Gym; Girls’ Basketball — June 24-25 from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Hampshire High School Gym; Wrestling — June 29 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Old Romney Middle School gym.

There are three ways to register for a camp. First, log onto the HCP&R website, hampshirecountyparks.com, scroll to the bottom of the home page, and fill out and send the Program Registration Form. The registration fee may then be mailed to HCP&R at P.O. Box 213, Romney, WV 26757, or you may pay the registration fee at the camp site the first day of the camp. Second, you may register in person at the HCP&R Office at 90 North High Street in Romney any weekday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Also, registrations will be accepted the first day of each camp at the camp site.

Our Summer Sports Camps offer opportunities to learn the fundamental skills that will help you improve in every facet of your favorite sports. Don’t miss out on these chances to learn to play the Trojan Way.

South Branch Valley Bluegrass Festival and Fireworks

The eleventh annual South Branch Valley Bluegrass Festival and Fireworks will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2019, at the Wapocoma Campground on South Branch River Road, south of Romney, with the first acts set to appear at 11 a.m. The Festival has attracted an impressive lineup of some of finest Bluegrass entertainers in the country, including Sideline, Dave Atkins Band, Deercreek Boys, Davis Bradley, and Audie Blaylock and Redline.

There will also be great food and crafts, a Kids’ Corner for the youngsters, and one of the finest fireworks shows in the area at the conclusion of the Festival. Admission to the Festival is free, but there is a $10 parking fee. No pets, ATV’s, golf carts, or alcohol are allowed in the concert area. Also, tents and high-backed chairs are prohibited in the concert area. Mark your calendars right now so you don’t miss this great event. I know you’ll be glad that you did.

Lewis and Clark Circus

The circus is coming to Romney. The world-renowned Lewis and Clark Circus will be in Romney on Friday, June 28, for two big shows under the big top at 5:30 and 7 p.m. at the Old Romney Middle School field.

Advance tickets for both shows may be purchased at the Hampshire County Parks and Recreation office at 90 North High Street in Romney any weekday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Advance tickets are $10 for adults, and one child 12-and-under will be admitted free with each paid adult. Tickets the night of the show will be $15 for adults and $6 for children 12-and-under. For more information about tickets, contact HCP&R at (304) 822-7300, or email us at hampshirecoparks@hotmail.com.

Lewis and Clark Circus is offering free children’s tickets to all elementary students in Hampshire County. Unfortunately, those tickets didn’t arrive at HCP&R until last Monday. Tickets were distributed to the schools that day, but many students weren’t there. If you didn’t get your free ticket, you may pick it up at the HCP&R office at the times listed above.

Discount Tickets to King’s Dominion

Hampshire County Parks and Recreation has once again entered into an agreement with King’s Dominion to offer discount tickets to the park for the coming summer. These are any-time tickets that are good for admittance to the park any day that it is open. The park opened on March 23 for the 2019 season and will remain open until the end of October.

The price for each ticket is $38, which is a considerable savings from the normal $68 admission price. These tickets can be purchased at the HCP&R office at 90 North High Street in Romney any weekday between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. If you can’t make it to the office, give us a call at (304) 822-7300 or email us at hampshirecoparks@hotmail.com, and we’ll make arrangements to get your tickets to you.

If you’re planning a family or group outing to King’s Dominion this spring or summer, this is a deal that you can’t afford to pass up.

Elementary Field Day

We had a great day for our Elementary Field Day last Wednesday. The weather was warm and sunny, and the competition was as hot as the temperature. Even though the competition was fierce, an air of good sportsmanship and camaraderie permeated the surroundings. Congratulations go out to Capon Bridge Elementary for capturing the team championship for 2019.

As with nearly all our events and programs, volunteers were the lifeblood of Field Day. Thanks go out to the Hampshire County Board of Education and Superintendent Jeff Pancione for approving the event and providing transportation for the athletes. Also, Athletic Director Trey Stewart and the Hampshire High School administration allowed us to use their facilities for the day. Head Track Coach Megan Fuller provided equipment and supplied workers to time the races and record the scores, and those HHS students did a fantastic job of supporting the athletes along with their other duties. Special thanks also go out to Donna See and Deacon Delaplain for all the work they did behind the scenes to make the day a success. o

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