UPDATE: Parkersburg Homecoming fills the downtown this weekend

Published: Aug. 15, 2019 at 6:43 PM EDT
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UPDATE 8/16/19

The schedule of activities includes:


5 p.m. to close: Bingo

5:30 p.m.: High School Bands/Color Guard entrance into Point Park

6-9 p.m.: Kids Fest (Bicentennial Park)

6-11 p.m.: “Homegrown Music Showcase” featuring Kendall Ferrebee, Tom Roddey, J.P. Chandler, Jeffery Singer, Neon Moon, Itz Vapor, Josyph Grim and Rezzin (Point Park Amphitheatre)

6 p.m. to close: Vendors and carnival

6:30 p.m. Opening Ceremonies (Point Park Amphitheatre)

7 p.m.: Great Gault Magician (Bicentennial Park Stage)


8 a.m.: Parkersburg News and Sentinel Half Marathon

8:10 a.m.: Two Mile Race

10 a.m. to noon: Weigh-ins for arm wrestling competition

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Mid-Ohio Valley Model Railroad Open House (NOE Office Equipment building)

Noon: Weigh-ins for bench press competition at Point Park Gazebo

Noon-close: Vendors and carnival

1 p.m.: Parkersburg Homecoming Parade on Market Street; Arm wrestling competition (Point Park)

1 p.m. to close: Bingo

2 p.m.: Mini Wedge Go Cart Races (Behind Point Park Marketplace)

2:30 p.m.: Insured Sound (Point Park Amphitheatre)

3 p.m.: St. Andrew’s Pipes and Drums (parade into Point Park)

3:30 p.m.: Bench press competition (Point Park)

4 p.m.: Four on the Floor (Point Park Amphitheatre)

5:30 p.m.: TRO (Point Park Amphitheatre)

7 p.m.: D.V. Age-shun (Point Park Amphitheatre)

8:30 p.m.: Dead Centric (Grateful Dead tribute) (Point Park Amphitheatre)

9 p.m.: Celebrating the Hero in Your Life Luminary (Point Park)

10 p.m.: Tribute to Local Heroes Laser Light Show (Point Park)


9 a.m.: Chess Tournament registration (Blennerhassett Hotel)

10 a.m.: G-Force Strenght Unit (Point Park Amphitheatre)

Noon to close: Vendors and carnival

1 p.m.: High School Football Teams Hot Dog Eating Contest (Point Park Amphitheatre): Tiny Tot Trot and Junior Races (Parkersburg High School Stadium Field)

1 p.m. to close: Bingo

1:30 p.m.: High School Bands Donut Eating Contest (Point Park Amphitheatre)

2-6 p.m.: 18th Annual Johnny Staats Bluegrass Festival with special guests Robert Shafer and Bobby Taylor

6 p.m.: Southern Belles performance (Point Park Amphitheatre)

6:30 p.m.: Rubber Ducky Derby Drop on the River

7 p.m.: Mini Rubber Duck Drawing

7:30 p.m.: ZZ-KC (ZZ Top tribute) (ZZ Top Car on display 5-10 p.m.) (Point Park Amphitheatre)


WTAP has learned that there will be no carnival rides at Parkersburg Homecoming this weekend.

WTAP received the information from the president of the homecoming committee, Woody Miller, who says the reason is there are not enough workers to man the rides for the festival. The homecoming committee learned that information Thursday afternoon from the carnival operator.

They say there will be inflatables in place of the rides.