The Miners’ Memorial Service will be on Wednesday, June 19, also beginning at 6 p.m., and recognizes the memory of those miners who lost their lives mining coal in West Virginia since the last festival. This tradition of recognizing those who gave their lives, so we could have electricity and other necessities, started at the first West Virginia Coal Festival back in 1994.
The VFW’s Women’s Auxilary contingent, the Madison Civil Air Patrol Squadron and various speakers and singers attend the event.
Another special event that will be part of the opening ceremonies will be the lighting of the eternal flame. The torch burns throughout the festival and is set up next to the Coal Miner’s Statue on the front lawn of the Boone County Courthouse.
Just across the street from the courthouse is where the mine machinery displays are showcased. Over 20 companies from several states set up their equipment to display to the public.
Many coal miners take this opportunity to show their families and friends the type of equipment they work on deep down in the pits or on a mountain.
In addition to the Miners’ Memorial, Wednesday night of the festival is the Gospel Music Night, featuring local groups and showcasing their talent. It will take place on the main stage beginning at 7 p.m.
Gospel Sing Coordinator, H. Ray “Tony” Ball, has announced the following lineup: 7 p.m., Madison Gospel Boys; 7:40 pm., Heritage Quartet; 8:10 p.m., Linda Darnell; 8:40 p.m., Paul Bowling; and 9:15 p.m., The Sigmonds.