May 31-June 2, 2018
ST. PAUL, Va.—The 20th annual Clinch River Days Festival runs May 31-June 2 in the town of St. Paul, Va. The official website for the festival is www.ClinchRiverFest.com.
An art show by the students of Katie Jessee will kick off the festival on Thursday, May 31 at 6:00 p.m. at the Railroad Museum. The evening will continue with a performance on the lawn by the Heart of SWVA Community Orchestra at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments and locally produced wines and craft beer will be served. Winners of the photography contest and entrepreneur challenge will also be announced and awarded. The juried photography show will be on display at the Fraley Building, and the Mountain Heritage Museum and Gallery in the Kilgore Building will be open, both from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The festival will resume on the afternoon of Friday, June 1. Crafts, food, games, and amusements will be available in the park, including local wines and craft beer. The art and photography shows will be on display again from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday’s evening events include train rides for children from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the Clinch River Idol talent contest on the stage at 5:00 p.m. (cash prizes) and Main Event Wrestling on the Little League Field at 6:00 p.m. Concerts begin at 6:00 p.m. with a performance by T-Bone Kilgore, followed by Coal Creek at 7:00 p.m. and Long Shot at 9:00 p.m.
Activities on Saturday include the Clinch River Farmers Market, open from 8:00 a.m. to Noon in Market Square, the art and photography shows on display again from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and the Mountain Heritage Museum and Gallery open from10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The St. Paul Police Department will sponsor the annual kid’s fishing tournament at Oxbow Lake from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Trophies and prizes will be awarded. Bring your own pole.
Also available (by pre-registering) are guided river trips ($10/trip) by Clinch River Adventures at 10:00 a.m., Noon, 2:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. Call 276-275-4154 to sign up for a trip.
A flag raising and opening ceremony will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. at the stage, followed by a ladies tea at Noon at the Eastern Star Building. Living history activities will take place throughout the day.
Team Estonoa will showcase the Mussel Nursery at the boat launch from 10:00 a.m. to Noon with hands-on fun. Tours of the Vencil Learning Center and Lake Estonoa are available by request by calling Terry Vencil at 276-393-2024.
From 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., children will be able to enjoy rides and inflatables, games, treats, and prizes at the Little League Field, and magic by Joseph Young on the midway. Mickey and Minnie Mouse and the Disney princesses will be on hand.
Donkeyville Stables will host a petting zoo with miniature animals from Noon to 4:00 p.m.
The Southwestminster Dog Show begins registering leashed dogs at 4:30 p.m. at the Little League Field. Trophies and ribbons will be awarded. There is no fee to enter.
The Castlewood Lions Club will host a sight and hearing wagon for free testing throughout the day.
A 5.5K walk/run will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Oxbow Lake Park (there is a registration fee). Register in advance by calling 276-971-6464.
Saturday’s entertainment on the park stage and basketball court includes the following line-up: Center Stage Cloggers at Noon; K.T. Vandyke at 1:00 p.m.; The King’s Messengers at 2:00 p.m.; Blue Grass Circle at 3:00 p.m.; Ivy Road at 5:00 p.m., From the Edge at 7:00 p.m., and Wyldeheart at 9:00 p.m. The So You Think You Can Dance contest takes place at 9:00 p.m. with registration at 8:30 p.m.