The 33rd Annual Van Lear Town Celebration is in full swing, but Saturday is slated to be the busiest day of the weekend with events from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The weekend, also known as Van Lear Days, is a celebration of the proud coal mining town’s history, with games, music and a parade.
Saturday morning starts with a turkey shoot setting off from the Butcher Hollow School House at 8 a.m., a classic car show at the Van Lear Freewill Baptist Church at 9 a.m. and the Coal Miners’ Museum opening at 10 a.m.
The museum will be hosting a soup bean dinner from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with the cost $5 for kids 12 and under and $7 for adults.
Near the stage, kids will have the chance to play carnival games and enter a free hula hoop contest at 11 a.m.
The annual parade sets off at 2:30 p.m. with Grand Marshal Bob Daniels, followed by a demonstration of K9 units from Twenty3Eighty K9 Group at 3:30 p.m. near the stage.
Then, at 5 p.m., live music and dancing starts off, including the homecoming of bluegrass band Hammertowne. Seating will not be provided, but guests are invited to bring a lawn chair.
The third corn hole tournament of the weekend starts off at 5:30 p.m., and $7 admission will enter teams into the double elimination tournament.
A skillet-throwing contest and a hay bale throwing contest each start at 7 p.m. near the stage, followed by ghost tours starting at 9 p.m. Entry into any of these activities is $5.