Where History Meets Adventure

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Events

Celebrate with us as we celebrate our heritage, our people and our history.

May

May 21, 2016 - Matewan Massacre Reenactment

Each year in May, the town celebrates Heritage Day with entertainment in Matewan's plaza and a re-enactment of the Matewan Massacre, a shootout between UMWA miners and Baldwin-Felts detectives on May 19, 1920. The celebration takes place downtown with street vendors, plays and scavenger hunts.

For more information about Matewan's Heritage Day >

May 28, 2016 - Devil Anse Trail Ribbon Cutting Ceremony/ Blood Song: The Story of the Hatfields and the McCoys

The award winning play, Blood Song: The Story of the Hatfields and the McCoys, will be performed on the pavilion. Show starts at 7:00 p.m.

For more information about the DEVIL ANSE TRAILHEAD >



June

June 10-12, 2016 - Hatfield-McCoy Marathon

For over 15 years, Matewan has partnered with the town of Williamson to host the Hatfield-McCoy Festival. A marathon, half marathon, activities, and free entertainment are all a part of the festival.

To learn more about the Hatfield-McCoy Marathon >

June 17-18, 2016 - Hatfield-McCoy Reunion Festival

This annual fun-filled festival celebrates the area's Hatfield-McCoy history with live music, a tug of war across the river, narrated tours, re-enactments, exhibits, food, crafts, and more!

To learn more about the Hatfield-McCoy Reunion Festival>

June 11, 2016 / June 17, 2016 - Blood Song: The Story of the Hatfields and the McCoys

The award winning play, Blood Song: The Story of the Hatfields and the McCoys, will be performed on the pavilion. Show starts at 7:00 p.m.



JuLY

July (dates TBA)- Magnolia Fair

Since 1949, the Magnolia Fair has been an annual celebration for Matewan. Carnival rides, pageants, food and entertainment attract visitors from across the state. The Magnolia Fair is the longest running event of its kind in southern West Virginia and is sponsored by the Matewan Rotary Club. In past years, gates opened nightly at 6:00 p.m. and admission was $10 per person.

For more information about the Magnolia Fair >

July 2, 9, 15, 23, 30, 2016 - Barn Dance featuring the Tower Street String Band

The Tower Street Stringband is a high-energy toe tappin', heel kickin', flat footin', foot stomping old time mountain music band from the Appalachian mountains in the Virginias. They are a family band and specialize in the songs written about events that happened right here in our region. Phil Bevins is the fiddle player and sings, his wife Teressa plays the doghouse bass and sings, their son Joe plays the claw hammer banjo, guitar, and anything with strings, not to mention some singing, too. His sister, 7-year-old Kathleen, sings and dances. Brother and sister in arms is Roger Caldwell playing guitar and harmonizing, along with his wife, Jeanne Caldwell who sings harmony and plays the mandolin . This band plays regularly on the civil war reenactment circuit in the region at many of the barn dances and balls. They also play the Crooked Road series throughout Virginia, more especially at the Famous Floyd Country Store, and they also host a weekly television show on New Beginnings Television, called Bluegrass Jam. Show starts at 7:00 p.m.

For more information about the TOWER STREET STRING BAND >

July 29, 2016 - Blood Song: The Story of the Hatfields and the McCoys

The award winning play, Blood Song: The Story of the Hatfields and the McCoys, will be performed on the pavilion. Show starts at 7:00 p.m.



September

September 10, 2016 - Homecoming

Each September, the Matewan Homecoming celebration includes a car show, live entertainment, vendors, and a Matewan Massacre Reenactment. Fifty plaques and 40 trophies are awarded to car show participants as well as eleven special awards. Vendor spaces are free on a first come, first serve basis. Hatfield-McCoy Airboat tours, the Matewan Depot Replica, and the Mine Wars Museum are all open to the public.

For more information about the Matewan Homecoming Celebration >



October

October 6-10, 2016 - National Trailfest

The 2016 National Trailfest attracts ATV and trail-riding enthusiasts from across the nation. With poker games, costume nights, mud runs, and stunt shows, Trailfest has something for everyone. The 2016 National Trailfest will take place in Gilbert, West Virginia, October 6-10, 2016.

For more information about TRAILFEST >

October (dates TBA) - Haunted House hosted by the Matewan Fire Dept.



November & December

November 11, 2016 - Veterans Day Program

December 3, 2016 - Christmas Parade



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IN THEIR OWN WORDS

“...I'm sure I’ll be back”

“Just been for my first visit and I'm sure I’ll be back. Lovely meal. Plentiful. Good value. Good selection on the menu. The sticky toffee pudding was excellent. Would be lovely to sit outside one nice summer evening and chill out with the river running beside you.”

- Nick from Edinburgh, United Kingdom, about the Blue Goose Inn