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10th annual Friends of Coal Auto Fair on the way

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BECKLEY -

The 10th annual Friends of Coal Auto Fair kicks off this week.

Four days of family fun is on the agenda.

There are lots of activities planned.   

On Thursday, there is a kick off party starting at 7 p.m. featuring Motion Theatre and Shea.   The cover charge is $5 a person, and parking will be on-site.   You can buy unlimited ride wrist bands through Gambill Amusements.

Friday is family night.   The car show opens at 10 a.m.   Admission is $2.  Kids 6 and under along with Boy Scouts in uniform will receive free admission.   You can also buy unlimited wrist bands here too.   There will also be demonstrations, a flea market and food court.   Parking will be at the Beckley-Stratton Junior High with free shuttle service to the event.

The Cruise-in to Uptown Beckley begins at 6 p.m.   Evening entertainment at the YMCA Paul Cline Memorial Youth Sports Complex includes Jada Vance, from American Idol, at 7 p.m. followed by a showing of "Wreck-It Ralph" at 9 p.m.  In Uptown Beckley at the Word Park Gazebo, Old School Band will perform at 6:30 p.m. followed by Robbie Carrico at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, its coal miner's day.   The car show opens at 8 a.m.   Admission is $2, kids 6 and under along with Boy Scouts in uniform can get in for free.   The mine safety competition begins at 8 a.m., former WVU basketball stand-out De'Sean Butler and WVU Athletic Director Oliver Luck will be signing autographs at the Friends of Coal Ladies Auxiliary tent between noon and 5 p.m.   Additional special guests include former WVU football coach Don Nehlen, former WVU fullback Owen Schmitt, former Marshall football coach Bob Pruett and WV Coal Association President Bill Raney.

Concert gates open at 6 p.m. with Travis Tritt and the Davisson Brothers Band taking the stage at 7 p.m.   The night will end with a fireworks display at 11 p.m.  Concert tickets can be bought at www.friendsofcoalautofair.com.  Park will be at the Beckley-Stratton Junior High with free shuttle service to the event.  There will also be demonstrations, a flea market and a food court.

Sunday is the awards finale.   There is free admission for everyone and parking will be on-site.   You can still buy unlimited ride wrist bands through Gambill Amusements.   There will also be demonstrations, a flea market and a food court.   A non-denominational church service will be held at 10:30 a.m. followed by the presentation of awards at noon.

Proceeds from the event will go to the YMCA.