Get Your Summer On In Marion CountyJune 29, 2017
Summer is finally here and there is no better place to celebrate the season than in Marion County!
It’s true that you can’t be everything to everybody but this month we come pretty darn close.
Add some fresh-off-the-vine flavor to your next cookout. The Fairmont Farmers Market has local vegetables, fruit, and even honey. Visit Veteran’s Square Plaza every Tuesday (4-6 p.m.) or Saturday (9-11 a.m.). Don’t forget to bring home some dessert, too!
Do the robot
Teams from West Virginia and around the world will compete at the FIRST LEGO League Mountain State Invitational robotics competition. Watch the antics July 7-9 at Fairmont State University.
Hands-on skills, colonial style
Pricketts Fort really puts the “story” in history with its engaging workshops. Smell enticing aromas (and get recipes) at hearth cooking demos or sign up the tykes for Colonial Kids’ Day on Tuesdays. Teacher Appreciation Day on July 12 inspires older folks, too! Admission will be free for professors and instructors.
The fort will also have the scholarly African American Symposium on July 8. It’s like a warmup for African American Week (July 10-13), which showcases first-person reenactments and special cooking. Plus, it’s where you can learn about Harriet Tubman (July 9) and her incredible involvement with the Underground Railroad.
Summer soundtracks — and where to hear them
North Carolina talent Nikki Talley will perform at Pricketts Fort on July 14. Known for her evocative country music, she performs on the guitar and banjo with husband Jason Sharp.
You’re also invited to Backroads & BBQ on July 22. Come to the Hamilton Round Barn for good ol’ bluegrass and hearty helpings of pork, hot dogs, baked beans, pie, and more!
Insider’s tip: Country music plays every Saturday at the Sagebrush Round-up, too.
July is prime festival season, and Marion County has plenty in store for you and the kids.
Come to the Paw Paw District Fair from July 11-15 for rowdy entertainment like rides, mud bogs, live music, and a demolition derby.
Next up: the Colfax Community Duck Race on July 15! Bet on a lucky rubber duckie, munch on hot dogs, and sign up the kids for some games.
There’s also the Johnnie Johnson Festival on July 8-9, which celebrates the “Father of Rock n’ Roll” with snappy entertainment and tasty eats.
For something simpler, come to Palatine Park for Family Movie Night. “A Dog’s Purpose” will be showing for free on July 22. Then come back July 29 for the Think Pink Floyd Rock & Roll Tribute and Laser Show!
Christmas in July
Bring your sleigh to the Marion County Visitor Center for a merry open house. Christmas ornaments, decorations, and plans for the next Celebration of Lights are yours to experience on July 22.
As you can see, our July events calendar is pretty full. From an 18th century fort to a robotics competition, you experience the past, present and future all in one community!
Which of our July events are you most excited about?