VANCEBURG — The Fourth of July may have passed, but the city of Vanceburg still had a celebration left in them for the weekend.
Lewis County saw its Fourth of July Celebration in Vanceburg on Friday and Saturday, July 6-7. A plethora of activities and vendors greeted visitors with plenty of festivities in which to participate.
The Streets of downtown Vanceburg were filled with music, the smell of food and the chatter of those enjoying the nice Saturday afternoon weather.
Visitors had several activities like a karaoke contest and cornhole tournament to test their skills against other members of the community in competition.
Classic cars roamed the streets, on their way to the celebration cruise in. Vendors were also in abundance, peddling their wares and inviting customers over with food.
Ali Doyle, independent consultant for Jamberry and M Network and local lawyer, was one of the vendors at the celebration, selling various fingernail products alongside other vendors at the Carter House on Second Street. She said the celebration is a great way to bring the community together.
“People say there’s not a lot to do here, but for one, the Carter House where we’re having the event is really been the focal point of getting things going in the community,” Doyle said. “With the fourth of July, it’s bringing people downtown and it’s just wonderful.”
For Doyle, the highlight of the celebration is the community outreach in bringing life to the usually sleeping town of Vanceburg.
“I think it’s really just bringing the community out,” she said. “There’s music and there’s some games and a lot of vendors, and I think that really the highlight is just bringing everybody out from the community.”
The highlight for many, however, was certainly when night fell and everyone was waiting patiently for the much anticipated fireworks display. While there were visitors throughout the afternoon, droves more came into town to view the coming show of lights and sound. Visitors wouldn’t have to wait in silence, as the Beulah Land Boogie Band kept the crowd entertained with 60s renditions of songs, with a gospel spin on them.
After the near half hour fireworks display had finished, one final hurrah to the celebration was given by the Beula Land BoogieBand for those who weren’t quite ready to leave.