The Clinch River Days Festival takes place June 2, 3, and 4 along the banks of the scenic Clinch River in St. Paul, Va. A detailed schedule and other information may be found at the festival’s website: http://www.clinchriverfest.com/ or by visiting C. R. Pate & Company, 16612 Broad Street in St. Paul, or by calling (276) 762-5544
Activities at the A.R. Matthews Park include musical performances by T-Bone and the Scratch River Telegraph Company, Southern Breeze, Acoustifried, H C Underground Band, the King’s Messengers, Racehorse Charlie, Blue Grass Circle, Ivy Road and the KOS Band.
Also featured in or near the park, on the Little League Field, or at the river, will be guided kayak and canoe tours down the river, Main Event wrestling, the Clinch River Idol talent contest, So You Think You Can Dance contest, a flag raising ceremony, Civil War re-enactments, Confederate ladies tea, “river critters” skit, Donkeyville Stables petting zoo, mussel nursery, skateboard competition, Castlewood Lions Club sight and hearing wagon, magic performance by Joseph Young, appearances by Mickey and Minnie Mouse, performances by the Center Stage Cloggers, appearances by the Mayberry Deputy, the Southwestminster Dog Show, train rides for children, carriage rides, inflatables and games with prizes.
Other St. Paul sites will also host events. Activities at the St. Paul Railroad Museum include an art gallery show by the students of Katie Jessee and a performance by the Heart of Appalachia Community Orchestra. The new Mountain Heritage Museum and Gallery at the Kilgore Building will be open to visitors, as will the Fraley Building, which will feature a juried photography show.
The Miss Clinch River Days pageant will take place at the St. Paul High School auditorium. A classic car show will be open on 4th Avenue. A fishing tournament for children, hosted by the St. Paul Police Department, takes place at Oxbow Lake. The SWVA Chapter of SAF will screen the film “America’s First Forest” at the Oxbow Center.
Tours of the Vencil Learning Center will be available by appointment. A guided bus tour from St. Paul to the Breaks Interstate Park will be available; tickets must be purchased in advance. A guided caving trip by the National Speleological Society may be registered for in advance.
As always, food and craft vendors can be found along the midway. A wine tent will feature locally produced wines and craft beer.