Larry See

The eleventh annual South Branch Valley Bluegrass Festival and Fireworks will be held on Saturday, June 29, 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 the 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, ATVs, 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 7:00 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 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 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 the last day of school. 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.

Gary Crane Cup Golf Competition

It’s hard to believe that we are looking at July already, but our fourth qualifier for the 2019 Gary Crane Cup will be held this Tuesday, July 2, at the Pines Country Club in Morgantown. The Pines course is located at 3062 Point Marion Road. The cost for eighteen holes of golf with a cart will be just $40, and tee times have been reserved starting at 1:00 pm. If you’ve never played the Pines, you’re in for a real treat. It truly is one of the great courses in West Virginia.

If you’re interested in competing for the cup, the format for the competition will be the same as previous years. Those wishing to compete must play in at least three of the six qualifiers and turn in their scorecards to the pro shop after the round. From those scores, a handicap will be tabulated and applied at the Final Round, which will be held at Capon Springs Resort in October. Both a gross and a net champion will be crowned at the Final Round.

The remaining schedule for our qualifiers will be as follows: August 6- Locust Hill in Charles Town; September 3- Canaan. Even if you’re not interested in competing for the Crane Cup, come on out and join us for a relaxing round of golf at a great price on one of the area’s best golf courses. Now that’s a deal I know you don’t want to miss.

Summer Sports Camps

There is still one opportunity to attend one of our Summer Sports Camps. Our Wrestling Camp will be held this Saturday, June 29, from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Old Romney Middle School Gym. The camp is open to all boys and girls ages four through fourteen, and former WVU Wrestler Dylan Cottrill will be in charge of the instruction. Registration fee for the camp is $20.

There are three ways to register for this 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 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 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Also, registrations will be accepted the day of the camp at the camp site.

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 this 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 summer, this is a deal that you can’t afford to pass up. o

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