BEVERLY - Organizations are teaming up this year to present a fun-filled Beverly Week at the end of July.
The Beverly Volunteer Fire Department and Beverly Heritage Center are partnering to combine Beverly Heritage Days, July 19-20, with the Beverly Fireman's Festival, July 19-27, into one Beverly Week event.
"We want to freshen up the event and encourage people to come out and enjoy old-fashioned fun," said Robbie Moyer, festival chairman for the Beverly Volunteer Fire Department. "We'll be featuring many of our favorite activities and some new partnerships in a great event for local residents and visitors alike."
Beverly Heritage Days will feature History Hitting the Road, interactive activities for children and adults, presented by West Virginia University Jackson's Mill. The popular Beverly Historic Homes' tour will feature some locations that have not been shown before. Other activities will include the heritage craft show and demonstrations, Civil War living history, heritage music, and food including a pie sale.
"We had a small sample of History Hitting the Road activities last summer," said Darryl DeGripp, director of the Beverly Heritage Center. "This year, they are bringing their full program, with multiple activity stations for kids of all ages. This is an outstanding opportunity to learn, get excited and have fun with history."
The Firemen's activities will start with the Miss Beverly Pageant on July 12 and the Beverly Fireman's Queen Pageant on July 19. Plans for July 25 include live entertainment from Crosstown Traffic and Beverly's popular fireworks display. July 26 will include a craft show, chicken barbecue, parade, water battle and talent show. Other activities being planned for the week-long event include a cake walk, pet show, children's parade, horseshoe tournament and a History Alive! program.
Major sponsors for Beverly Week include the town of Beverly, Citizen's Bank of West Virginia and the Randolph County Convention and Visitor's Bureau.
Beverly is the original county seat of Randolph County, located six miles south of Elkins. A Beverly festival has been held annually in July since the first Beverly Community Week in 1971 and has been sponsored by the Beverly Fire Department since 1978. Beverly Heritage Days, featuring activities focused on Beverly's history, first took place in 1996.
As part of the Beverly Week partnership, the groups are working together on promotion and information about the event. Visitors will be able to call the Beverly Heritage Center this summer to find out more about planned activities. The Beverly Heritage Center museum and visitor center is open daily in the summer from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday. Fore more information call 304-637-7424 or go online and visit www.beverlyheritagecenter.org.