For the first time in decades, Floyd County will celebrate the Fourth of July without a carnival, but other activities are still planned.
Citing a scheduling conflict, officials report that Casey’s Rides will not set up a carnival at Archer Park. For decades, the company has offered carnival rides there during the week of Independence Day.
Archer Park was also scheduled to host a performance of the Winds of Appalachia on July 3, but that event was also canceled, officials said.
Prestonsburg Mayor Les Stapleton said there will still be plenty of reasons for people to visit the city over the holiday.
“We have got a fireworks show that’s going to be second-to-none,” he said. “We feel comfortable in saying that it’s going to be one of the best shows of all time.”
He praised the Prestonsburg Fire Department and city employees who have been preparing for activities on July 4. The lineup includes the return of Star City Day, which will be held in the city parking lot from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on July 4.
The event, geared to highlight local artists and entrepreneurs, will feature booths by local businesses and entrepreneurs offering arts, jewelry and other items, as well as food and “brews.”
Star City Day will feature live painting and works from numerous artists, including sculptor Timothy Heywood and folk artist Jefferey Setser. The Arty Bus will also offer free interactive art activities for children and families. Live music will be provided by Bedford Band, Brandon Campbell and Nicholas Jamerson, who started Star City Day years ago.
Jamerson describes it as “an opportunity to be together to celebrate the value of our Appalachian roots.”
Stapleton said it will be a family-friendly event.
“We’re really excited to have regional talent, regional vendors and stuff for the kids to do,” he said.
In observance of the holiday, Archer Park’s swimming pool, which is normally closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, will be open every weekday from noon to 5:30 p.m., an official said. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for kids age 12 and under.