The Times West Virginian


May 24, 2012

Three Rivers Festival to start today



“They do enjoy coming down and seeing the park and seeing the different attractions,” Bickerstaff said. “It’s the smiling faces that give us all the rewards. It makes it all worthwhile.”
Other Friday night entertainment will include the third annual professional pepperoni roll bake-off and the Three River’s Got Talent competition. This talent show, which will feature singers, dancers, magicians, comedians and other performers of all ages, is a spinoff of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” WVAQ’s Lacy Neff will be the host.
Bickerstaff encouraged everyone to give it a shot.
“This could be their 15 minutes in the spotlight, and we don’t want them to pass it by,” Bickerstaff said.
Festivities will start early Saturday with the Julia Pierpont Day ceremonies. To kick off the event, a breakfast will be held at Veterans’ Square at 8:30 a.m. Sen. Robert Beach, Sen. Raymond Prezioso, Marion County Commission President Butch Tennant, Julia and Francis Pierpont (Amy and Art Dodds), the Three Rivers Queen, Robert Wolfe of the State 150 Coalition, Wha-ke-we-nn and Robert D. Pollack will serve as program presenters. At 11 a.m. the event will continue at Woodlawn Cemetery, where wreaths will be placed on several burial sites.
Avid runners, fitness gurus or folks who want to burn off calories for a good cause can do so at the 5K run or the one-mile fun run/walk to be held at 9 a.m. and 9:15 a.m., respectively, on Saturday. The run will be hosted by the Marion County Boys & Girls Club.
Those who are there for the food are reminded of the pepperoni roll eating contest. Now in its third year, the 10-minute, all-you-can-eat contest will host a field of 15 participants competing for $6,500 in cash prizes. The event will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday.

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