PRESTONSBURG – Residents of Floyd County had several fun activities to take in over the holiday weekend. The communities of Prestonsburg, Wheelwright, Martin, Wayland and Minnie all hosted individual fireworks this year.
Everyone in Floyd County has grown accustomed to the annual Archer Park Fourth of July carnival and celebration. This year was slightly different than previous years. In past years, the carnival was set up in the field on the lower end of the park. This year, however, it was set up on the blacktop surrounding the playground. Another change to the Archer Park celebration was the addition of live music. Music from Winds of Appalachia and the Bobby Caudill Band entertained the crowd. In addition to the rides, live music and fireworks, the Archer Park Swimming Pool was open.
Left Beaver Fire & Rescue put on a fun celebration at the Minnie Ball Park on Saturday. Inflatables, face painting, and games were available for area residents at the Minnie-hosted event. Individuals from Left Beaver Fire & Rescue started getting the park ready at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning. Officials estimate approximately 2,500 individuals celebrated July 4th at Minnie Ball Park. Bobby Caudill, Ethan Miller, Dakota Bentley and Megan Foreman, Under the Pike Skies and Logan Hall entertained the crowd in Minnie. Left Beaver Fire & Rescue extended its thanks to Coal Run Fire Department for sending over shooters to assist with the fireworks display.
Wayland also put on a fireworks display and celebration for its community. Prior to a fireworks display, visitors in Wayland enjoyed inflatables. A corn hole tournament and a pie eating contest was also held in Wayland.
Wheelwright celebrated the Fourth of July with a community-wide yard sale along with games and free food. To top off the celebration, Bluegrass Championship Wrestling put on an event at the Wheelwright City Pool. Five main event matches and three title matches made up the wrestling card. Fireworks and free food made for a successful Fourth of July celebration in Wheelwright.
Martin celebrated the Fourth of July throughout the weekend. The fun in Martin began Thursday afternoon with live music and inflatables. Martin hosted legendary country music group Confederate Railroad for a free concert. Bluegrass Championship Wrestling also held a card as part of Martin’s celebration.
Multiple celebrations made it possible for all residents of Floyd County to have an opportunity to celebrate the Fourth of July close to their homes.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.