Carnival, bingo delayed to 2021
PARKERSBURG — The carnival and bingo sponsored by American Legion Post 15 held over the July 4 holidays at City Park will not be held this year because of the pandemic, officials said Tuesday.
The decision was made Tuesday morning to not hold the annual celebration because of the COVID-19 precautions other difficulties in meeting social distancing recommendations, according to Roger Loughry, an event organizer with Post 15.
The carnival and festivities will return in 2021, he said.
“It will be back in session next year,” Loughry said.
The decision does not affect the fireworks, which are sponsored and financed by the city of Parkersburg, he said.
Mayor Tommy Joyce of Parkersburg said he’s not opposed to a fireworks display to celebrate the 4th, but he’ll make a decision shortly after conferring with council and other city officials.
Besides social distancing and other recommendations to protect the health of citizens, it’s also a budgetary decision, the mayor said. A ballpark cost of the fireworks display is around $7,500.
An option is to move the pyrotechnics from City Park to Fort Boreman, Joyce said. Fort Boreman overlooks the community and allows a much greater area for people to watch from than City Park, making it easier to follow social distancing recommendations, Joyce said.
“We may look at doing that, if the budget permits it,” he said.
The decision by the American Legion follows several recent announcements of other events impacted by the pandemic, including the Mountain State Arts and Crafts Fair in Ripley, the Parkersburg Homecoming, the West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition and Volcano Days.