Parkersburg Homecoming sees changes

PARKERSBURG — Even without rides, the Parkersburg Homecoming Festival attracted crowds of people to enjoy many different events Saturday as the annual event continues today in downtown Parkersburg.

The afternoon kicked off with the annual Homecoming Parade, and even though it was humid, people lined the streets to watch the parade go by.

“My daughter Payton is cheering in the parade,” said Danielle Kniceley.

Kniceley also brought her 2-year-old son Brody McGee to enjoy the parade and cheer on his sister.

“Brody loves watching the fire trucks, tractors … really anything with an engine go by,” she said.

Parade judges chose winners in the non-commercial and commercial float categories. The non-commercial winners were: first, Sons of the American Revolution; second, Carlin’s Battery D; and third, Blueprints Foster Care. The commercial winners were: first, Gift Gallery of Vienna; second, Boxers Bed And Biscuits; and third, Obermyers Florists.

“It was a great day for a parade,” said LoriUllmann-Wright, parade coordinator, “So many smiling people, so many floats, so much candy, so much fun,” she said.

Following the parade, many people walked down to Point Park Marketplace to watch the mini wedge races, a new event at this year’s Homecoming.

Jocelynn Slayton was among those who were watching the kids race mini wedge go carts.

“My son Walker is 5 and for his sixth birthday he really wants to get a mini wedge and start racing,” she said.

Slayton said they have family friends who race, and that has inspired her son to want to race as well.

Saturday’s Homecoming activities continued through the evening with vendors, activities and music at the Point Park Amphitheatre. In a change from the traditional fireworks, Saturday closed with a Tribute to Local Heroes Laser Light Show at Point Park.

The Homecoming concluded Sunday.