PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE: 02/07/2020
The president of the 2020 Homecoming Board gave his first comments to WTAP about the plans for this year's festival.
His main goal is to bring awareness to community, and that will be through volunteering and service work.
They are trying to re-vamp the festival to bring the crowds back that have not attended in recent years.
"We'll be doing a boat parade, also the second annual comedy show.," said Board President Nathan Ellis. "Also, we'll be focused on helping the community 365. Community outreach, and stuff like that. Working with local community leaders to give back to the community."
The Parkersburg Homecoming board held a town-hall meeting Thursday night to solicit ideas and volunteers for next year's festival.
The meeting was attended by about a dozen people. Among the ideas discussed were:
- The return of a fireworks display
- A boat show light parade
- An after-Homecoming-Parade event
- Hiring of "name musical acts"
Officials said volunteers are one of the biggest needs, not just for the third weekend in August, but in the months of planning leading up to the event.
"We're still looking for new people. We're looking for volunteers, looking for ideas," said Amanda Daugherty, the board's secretary. "We need people to coordinate those ideas. So that's what we're looking for."
Officials said the Homecoming festival finished up in the black financially last year and is debt free, thanks to sponsors and donations.
While public discussions about the festival have been a hot topic on social media, board members said volunteers are still needed to follow through on those ideas.
Volunteers can attend the regular meetings at the Blennerhassett Museum each month or contact the Homecoming committee through either Facebook page or the Homecoming website. Contact information for individual board members are listed there.