W.Va. River & Rail Bass Fest
From staff reports
The 2019 West Virginia River and Rail Bass Festival will be held Friday through Sunday at the St. Marys Marina.
Back by popular demand this year’s headliner will be country singer and former American Idol contestant Bucky Covington, who has appeared numerous times on stages around the Mid-Ohio Valley, organizers said. He will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday.
The festival features two days of competition for fishermen from around the region, with the final weigh-in on Sunday, along with activities and entertainment at the marina for the community.
Other performers will include Missy Tuttle (Ohio Valley Idol winner), Jayden Bird, Band of Brothers, Community Band, Sour Mash String Band, Gary Tuttle Band, Dustin Shingleton, Corey Galbreath, Division Street and Stallion.
The festival will include vendors, concessions, inflatables and children’s games. Mike’s Taxidermy will be on hand all three days with animals to look at, along with a whitetail shoulder mount demonstration at 11 a.m. Saturday in the marina building.
Another attraction coming again this year is the Rollin Oldies Car Show on Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Shaun Douglas, chairman of the festival board, said first prize will be $15,000 this year with the total payout being $40,300. All boats will fish on Saturday, but the field will be cut to 65 boats — based on weight — for Sunday’s fishing.
The schedule of activities includes:
* 5-10 p.m.: Vendor Fair
* 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Missy Tuttle
* 7-8:30 p.m.: Community Band
* 9-10:30 pm: Band of Brothers
* 7 a.m.-4 p.m.: Tournament Fishing
* 9 a.m.-10 p.m.: Vendor Fair
* 9-10 a.m.: Tot Sign-up
* 10-11 a.m.: Tot pageant
* 10 a.m.-noon: Kids Fishing Tournament
* 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Sound Check-Load in
* 1-2 p.m.: Corey Galbreath
* 2-3 p.m.: Jayden Bird
* 3-4 p.m.: Dustin Shingleton
* 4-6 p.m.: Weigh-In
* 6-7 p.m.: Division Street
* 7:15-8:15 p.m.: Stallion
* 8:30-10 p.m.: Bucky Covington
* 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Vendor Fair
* 10 a.m.-2:30 pm.: Rolling Oldies Car Show
* Noon-1 p.m.: Children’s fishing tournament sign up
* 12:30-1:30 p.m.: Gary Tuttle Band
* 1-3 p.m.: Children’s Fishing Tournament
* 1:30-3 p.m.: Sour Mash String Band
* 4 p.m.: West Virginia Bass Tournament weigh in
The Children’s winners will be awarded after the adult awards are given. Inflatables all weekend have been donated by McDonalds of St. Marys. The gate fee is $5 per car Friday and Saturday.