Fireworks, Main Stage nixed from Homecoming

The Wood County Courthouse frames the fireworks from a previous Parkersburg Homecoming. The Homecoming Committee has announced the end of the fireworks display and other changes,

PARKERSBURG — Due to setbacks and funding cuts, a pair of major changes are planned for the 2019 Parkersburg Homecoming Festival: the elimination of the main stage entertainment and the replacement of the traditional fireworks display with a laser light show.

Newly elected festival president Woody Miller made the announcement Friday, saying this year’s Parkersburg Homecoming board and committees have suffered and survived setbacks, funding cuts and a recent change in leadership.

However, the board has an obligation to carry on the longtime community tradition scheduled for Aug. 16-18.

“As we all know, this is a free event but entertainment and production costs aren’t free and must be paid for. Sponsors are our best friends but we need mor,” Miller said.

In order to reduce costs this year, the Main Stage will be eliminated along with fireworks and all entertainment will be moved to Riverfront Park Amphitheatre at Point Park. There will be some of the best local acts on Friday and Saturday highlighted by a Laser Light show on the riverfront at 10 p.m. Saturday, Miller said.

For more information, see the complete story in Saturday’s Parkersburg News and Sentinel.