Band, America, closes out homecoming

PARKERSBURG – Although rain fell throughout the day, conditions cleared up Sunday night as the crowds returned for the band America to take the stage and close out the 2013 Parkersburg Homecoming Festival.

The band, fronted by Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell, took the stage around 8 p.m. to a crowd of thousands with their classic hits “Tin Man,” “Ventura Highway,” “A Horse With No Name” and others.

There were some who wondered how well the evening show would go as rain fell throughout the area most of the day.

“With any outside event, and I have been working them for 50 years, this is an issue you can’t do anything about,” said Homecoming spokesman Randall Roberts. “You plan your event. If the rain comes you just deal with it.”

The show was ready to go on rain or shine, with the only reason they might cancel would be lightning and blowing rain which could damage the equipment, he said.

Roberts, who admitted to looking at a weather report “every 10 seconds,” said most reports gave them a period of calm from around 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday where things would clear off long enough to get the America show in.

The rains cleared out and people came out with the vendors once again serving food and the carnival rides running, which had not been seeing a lot of people earlier in the day.