The former Magnolia Fair is returning full force this year and will find its permanent place in mid-June as it is combined with the Hatfield-McCoy Reunion Festival with a new name.
Returning for the second year the combined events were named the Magnolia Festival last year and ran concurrently with the Hatfield-McCoy Marathon. The Matewan Town Council voted to continue with that schedule as members of the council planned events for all of 2022 during their meeting Tuesday night.
The Magnolia Fair will run from Wednesday, June 8 through Saturday, June 11.
“This year the last day of school is June and this can be a kickoff to summer for the kids,” Town Recorder Crystal Moore said. “It should be a great time for all.”
It will feature a carnival, a beauty pageant and a litany of other activities for all ages and will provide entertainment for visitors coming in for the Marathon and the trail system.
“I got a call at 2:45 (Tuesday afternoon) telling us that we could get the carnival this year. I was so excited,” Moore said. “When we were notified last year that town was going be able to take over the Magnolia Fair, it was too late to get a carnival scheduled and a lot of the COVID restrictions were still in place.”
The Magnolia Festival will be much larger this year with the addition of the carnival; however, it will still be held in the downtown area.
“We have plenty of room for the festival,” Moore said. “We know parking may be an issue, but we have several places where people can park. We just think having it in downtown Matewan gives it more of a hometown feel and it will be good for our downtown businesses as well.”
Moore said there will also be live entertainment: “We will use a large portion of our budget on singers or a band because we want to bring in a really good act that the people will enjoy.”
Dates for other events taking place in Matewan which the council included in its events calendar include:
• The Easter Egg Hunt — Saturday, April 23 (the weekend after Easter);
• Battle of Matewan Reenactment — Saturday, May 14;
• Swap Meet — Saturday, May28 (Memorial Day Weekend);
• Homecoming and Fall Festival — Saturday, Oct. 8, and Sunday, Oct. 9;
• Veterans Day Celebration and Parade — Friday, Nov. 11;
• Tree Lighting Ceremony — Saturday, Nov. 26 (the Saturday following Thanksgiving); and
• Matewan Christmas Parade — Saturday, Dec. 10.