The Rocket Boys Festival is this weekend Friday October 3rd through Sunday October 5th in Beckley. Most of the events will be at the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine (BECM) at the New River Park. The mine will be open during the weekend at special discounts. The Rocket Boys are Homer Hickam, Roy Lee Cooke, Jimmie O’Dell Carroll, and Billy Rose.
Events start on Friday at 9am with the Rocket Boys holding a meet and greet with middle and high school students at the BECM. Later from noon till 1:30pm the Rocket Boys 2014 Prodigy Teacher of the Year Award Luncheon. Tickets for the event are $20 for adults, $15 for teachers, and $10 for students. At 2pm an Actors Workshop with Chris Ellis and Danny Boyd will be held. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7.50 for teachers and students. A Writer’s Workshop with Homer Hickam and three guests authors will be at 4pm. Adult Tickets are $25, student and teacher tickets are $15. Friday night concerts at Woodrow Wilson High School, brought to you by the Beckley Concert Association, will start at 7:30pm with The Entertainers and Bill Halley’s Comet.
On Saturday the Beckley Half Marathon/5k starts at 8am in the streets of Beckley. Registration for the Buddy Walk begins at 8am and the walk starts at 9am at the New River Park. Opening Ceremonies will be on the Main Stage at the BECM at 9am. There will educational displays, food, crafts, writer’s row, science row (new this year), and specialty vendors around different parts of the BECM. At 11:30am the Third Annual WV State Championship of Paper Airplane Flight will be held, entry fee is $2. Concerts start at 10am and go to 5pm with Jeffery Joe Buckland, Dino Man and Johnny Staats and the Delivery Boys. From 1:30pm to 5pm the Third Annual Rocket Launch Contest runs at the First Community Bank Launch Pad. From 2pm to 3pm the Live Round Song Contest will be judge at the BECM. Chili Night starts in Uptown Beckley at 6pm. There will be a screening of October Sky at the Raleigh Playhouse and Theater in Uptown Beckley. There will be open remarks from the Rocket Boys.
On Sunday there will be tours to Coalwood leaving at 11am and returning at 4pm. There will be lunch in Coalwood. Roy Lee Cooke will be along as well. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for students.
Fans of science, history, and festivals will not want to miss this one.