Coalton Days Festival continues to bring people home


COALTON — Eighty-five-degree weather made for a perfect day to soak up some sun and enjoy the activities of the annual Coalton Days Festival. Carnival rides, contests, crafts, entertainment and concessions were just a few of the activities that could be found in the town of Coalton.

People from near and far have once again joined lifelong Coalton resident Mike Ross to celebrate the small town’s history and heritage. Ross played a central role in the founding of Coalton Days, along with then Governor Gaston Caperton with an initiative to “bring people home.”

The annual Coalton Days Festival kicked off Thursday, June 23 at the CES Gymnasium with the Sunday Best and Miss Teen Coalton Pageant. Prize Bingo followed on Friday at the Coalton Fire Department and a fun-filled day on Saturday ended the celebration.

The Saturday schedule was jam-packed with activities, beginning with a 5K Walk at 8 a.m. and flag raising ceremony at 9 a.m. at the United States Post Office. The car show was held at the City Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. During the show, the Jeremy Wanless Band performed. The Corn Hole Competition began at 11 a.m. The parade began at 3 p.m. and upon concluding, musical entertainment continued in the park.

The three-day celebration usually boasts thousands of attendees, as event goers enjoy free carnival rides, local bands, pageants, parades, car shows, food vendors and a free homemade meal provided by Ross and family on his own front lawn.

The free community meal consisted of 120 lbs. of spaghetti, prepared with homemade sauce and hand-rolled meatballs made by Coalton Mayor Jim Rossi. Mayor Rossi and his meatball crew also host the famous Coalton Spaghetti Day Dinners that draw over a thousand people, according to Ross.

If you missed out this year, be sure to check out the Coalton Days Facebook page for updated schedules and information for next years festivities.

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