Belpre Homecoming kicks off Thursday

BELPRE – The 82nd Belpre Homecoming kicks off Thursday, and while most people look forward to the food and entertainment, many other activities are planned at the annual fest.

“There is a lot going on all weekend for community members of all ages,” said Karen Waller, executive director of the chamber.

Pageants will begin directly after Thursday’s opening ceremonies. All three pageant ceremonies will be held in the park gazebo near the Suddenlink Main Stage.

The third Youth and Family Fun night will be Friday and include the Belpre Youth Chamber Games of a balloon launch and hula-hoop contest in the ballfield from 6 to 7 p.m.

Friday will include a classic car cruise-in while the majority of the activities will be held Saturday and begin early.

Saturday’s events will begin with the Buddy Bass Fishing Tournament scheduled for 7 a.m. at the Belpre Boat Ramp with the Kids Fishing Derby to begin at 9 a.m. at the Civitan Park pond.

The Belpre Mile Run and Walk will begin at 9:40 a.m. in Howes Grove Park and work its way down Washington Boulevard before the parade begins at 10 a.m.

This will be the second year for the Duck Pluck fundraiser at the Belpre City Pool at 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Duck Pluck tickets are still available with the purchase bringing a chance to win a prize.

The fundraiser will offer cash prizes totaling $1,000 to winners whose ducks are “plucked” from the pool.

Tickets are $5 each or $20 for five.

Sponsored exclusively by Belpre Savings Bank, tickets are available at Belpre Kroger, The Churn, Belpre Savings Bank, Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce office, Bob’s Market and Greenhouse and the Belpre City Building. Proceeds go to support homecoming events.