COALTON — After endless planning, Saturday marked the triumphant return of Coalton Days since COVID-19 halted the 2020 celebration.
The festivities for the 26th Annual Coalton Days kicked off with a 5K Walk and Woodchopping Contest on the morning of July 24. The annual Car Show began at 10 a.m. in Coalton City Park. The traditional parade followed at 3 p.m. and included many of the town favorites including winners of the Mini Miss, Little Miss, Junior Miss, Pre-Teen Miss, and Miss Coalton pageant that was held on July 20 at St. Patrick’s Church Hall. “We are so happy to have Coalton Days back. We had to cancel last year because of the pandemic. If we had to follow all the guidelines that were in place for events last year, it would’ve been tough,” said Mayor Jim Rossi, who was in attendance for the day’s festivities.
The traditional spaghetti dinner was served next to the home of Coalton resident and festival founder, Mike Ross.
The event usually draws 2,000-3,000 people and this year was no different. The numbers were slightly smaller, but the celebration brought everyone out for fellowship, good food, and entertainment for all ages. Free carnival rides were offered for the kids while local bands entertained the crowds.
Ross supplies this free meal at his home every year and this year, it consisted of 120 pounds of spaghetti, homemade sauce and homemade hand rolled meatballs made by Ross’s brother and Coalton Mayor Jim Rossi.
Coalton Days started under Governor Gaston Caperton’s Make WV Shine program and along with Ross’s idea to “bring people home,” the event was created and has continued strong for 27 years.
Ross was born in Coalton and still lives there 83 years later. “A lot of people enjoy it and it’s a good way for people to get back to visit the town and renew old acquaintances,” Ross expressed.
The celebration was enjoyed by all, and people are already looking forward to next year’s return of Coalton Days.