2022 Kids Classic Festival
Beckley’s 29 th Annual Kids Classic Festival is scheduled for September 5-11, 2022. The week-long
festival offers family activities throughout the community such as an aerial circus, contests,
booths, games, parades, entertainment, and more!
This year’s festival will kick-off on Monday, September 5 (Labor Day) with a variety of activities.
Kids Day at New River Park will feature the Cincinnati Circus shows – aerial circus acts, fire
twirling, and more can be watched at three show times: 11:30 am, 12:45 pm, and 2:00 pm.
“The Cincinnati Circus performed at the park in 2020 offering drive-in shows during the
pandemic. Since the event was a hit during that time of social distancing, we look forward to
offering the shows again during this year’s festival” says Jill Moorefield of Beckley Events.
There will also be activities at the park between the circus shows (noon-1pm) including playing
in a foam area (bring a towel), games, and a bounce house. Attendees can meet and take
photos with a mermaid and Superman characters. The Patriot Wood Wagon will be on hand
selling hamburgers, hotdogs, BBQs, pretzels, nachos, and snow cones.
Children can bring their battery-operated or pedal car, bicycle, tricycle, wagon, scooter, or decorated
stroller to show off at the Kids’ Car, Bike & Wheels Show at the park. Register at 1:30 pm, add optional
decorations at the decorating stations, watch the 2:00 pm circus show, and the awards will be presented
at 2:30 pm.
Also on Labor Day, step up to the plate at Beckley Little League to play in the Kids Classic home
run derby. Open to several age divisions from kids (8 & up) to adults. The derby entry fee is
$5.00 per person with 1/2 off the fee going back to the winner of your age division so you have
a chance to win cash money! Winners also receive a medal. Registration for the derby begins at
5:30 p.m. with a 6:00 pm start time for the first pitch. (Rain date: Sunday, Sept. 11 at 4 pm)
During the week, Leisure Lanes will offer one FREE game of bowling and shoe rental per child
when accompanied by a paying adult during the festival (Tuesday, September 7 – Saturday,
September 11). Please call for lane availability – 304-253-7328. Leisure Lanes has leagues for
On Tuesday, September 6, the Raleigh County Library will offer a Dinosaur Discovery event
from 3-5 pm. Participants may choose between a dinosaur dig kit or a Lego dinosaur build kit
while enjoying a collection of dinosaur themed books. Then between 5 and 7 pm, McDonalds
will host a Story Walk (with help from the library) and a Trail Scavenger Hunt near McManus
Trail shelter by McDonalds on Prince Street. Also on Tuesday, Active Southern WV is hosting
Stand Up Paddleboarding at Lake Stephens from 4:30-6:30 pm.
On Wednesday, September 7, stop by the Beckley Art Center between 4 and 6 pm to paint
rocks & create a colorful Cyanotype.
The Pottery Place is planning a painting party for Thursday, September 8 beginning at 5 pm.
The cost is $10, and with only 25 spaces, please pre-register in-person or call 304-253-8777.
Also on Thursday, the Sunset / Full Moon Group Walk / Bike Ride with Active Southern WV will
take place along the McManus Trail. Meet at the Art Park by 3 rd Ave at 7 pm. If you don’t have
a bike, you can check one out at the Trail Welcome Center at 6:45 pm.
A special Friday evening at the Youth Museum & Exhibition Mine will happen on September
- The evening begins at 6:00 pm with the Funnybones Magic Show and Balloon
Animals. Visitors can explore the Youth Museum’s new exhibit “Toyland”. The festival
rate for the complex admission during the evening is $5 (for the underground tour and
inside the museum activities). For mine info, call 304-256-1747.
Kids Classic Festival Street Fair and Parade is set for Saturday, September 10. During the Street
Fair, booths will line Main Street and parts of Fayette and Heber Streets (Federal Plaza), and
Shoemaker Square from 10 am – 2 pm with various organizations and businesses offering
games, information and/or food. The Beckley Fire Department’s Firefighters’ Challenge
Course will be beside the courthouse on the Fayette Street side. 103CIR and McDonalds plan to
offer retro games on the Federal Plaza by Heber Street.
In the parking area under United Bank and on Fayette Street, the United Carnival Showcase will
have carnival-style games, activities, and a prize wheel. Read Aloud is joining this year offering
storytelling and free books (while supplies last). The cost for a wrist band to visit the carnival
stations is $5; and the prize wheel spin is $5 to win larger prizes. Proceeds from the showcase
benefit local charities. The showcase will be open on the 10 th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. – the
ticket booth closes at 1:30 p.m. United Bank has supported the festival since the festival’s
The Kids Classic Parade features children’s characters, bands, teams, walking units, and floats.
Festival royalty will be in the parade – Miss Beckley Kids Classic Festival Mia Grace Bailey, along
with the Teen Queen Willow Ormsbee, and Jr. Miss Karly Hilliard. A special “Founders Trophy”
(in honor of Madrith Chambers) will be awarded to the Best Parade Entry; and a proclamation
remembering Ms. Chambers will be read after the parade. The festival and parade theme for
this year is patriotic – Toys and Games. Children’s characters, mascots, youth groups, 4-H clubs,
FFA, scouts, sports teams, bands, cheerleaders, gymnasts, dancers, artists, musicians, academic
and community service achievers are encouraged to enter the parade. School bands
throughout Southern West Virginia are invited to participate, plus the Beni Kedem Bagpipe
Band, sponsored by the Irish Heritage Fund will be in the parade. Antique & classic cars are
invited to be in the parade. The Kids Classic Festival Grand Parade registration form is located on the
City’s website www.beckley.org, click on Beckley Events, or call 304-256-1776 for more information.
The festival ends this year with inviting the community to watch the annual 9-11 Parade of
Lights on Sunday evening. Emergency vehicles from around the area line-up at Independence
High School. They leave at dusk from the school to cruise to Sophia and along Route 16 (Robert
C. Byrd Drive), turns and circles downtown (past the Memorial Steel from the World Trade
Center at Word Park), and then, back onto Byrd Drive to Ragland Road where it ends at Epling
Stadium. The annual Parade of Lights has happened for many years in memory of the 9-11
attacks on our country and to honor our local emergency heroes.
The festival committee appreciates the volunteers, sponsors, event hosts, and organizations
that help make the festival a special week of fun. Thanks to festival sponsors: United Bank,
Raleigh County Commission, Mac’s Toy Fund, McDonalds, Ward Law Office, 103CIR and 93.5
The Buzz, The Register-Herald, 99.5 WJLS FM / 56 WJLS AM, Beckley Events / City of Beckley,
Irish Heritage Grant, State of WV Fairs & Festivals Grant, and Event Hosts.