Homecoming festival starts today

PARKERSBURG- In less than 24 hours the Parkersburg Homecoming will be in full swing.

Randall Roberts, president of Parkersburg Homecoming Committee, said the vendors, crafters, flea market and the carnival were to begin arriving at 5 p.m. Thursday and were expected to be set up by noon today.

Roberts said the committee is excited about a call he received about the festival receiving some national exposure.

“We got a huge call this year.” he said Thursday. “I got a call yesterday from New York City, from NBC. They are going to do a feature shot from downtown at 8:30 a.m. Sunday on the ‘Today’ show. I don’t know how long it will be but they are going to highlight the Parkersburg Homecoming.”

Roberts said they will need the time to get ready for the expected rush of festival-goers.

“We will have more than 40,000 over the course of the festival,” he said. “Friday night we will have Jason Michael Carroll and you would not believe the contacts we’ve had for him and Sunday night with America will be even bigger.”

The biggest draw of the festival will take place after the Saturday night concert, Roberts said.

“The fireworks are always a big draw for us,” he said.

While Roberts did not have the exact number of vendors for the festival, it was expected to be more than were on hand for 2012, he said.

“We’ll have a good variety of foods here for everybody,” he said. “If you can’t find something you want, you can’t be hungry.”