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Farmer’s Day in Union, West Virginia

The Farmer’s Day celebration in Union, West Virginia is always held the first weekend in June.  When I was a child, it always felt like Farmer’s Day celebrated the beginning of summer vacation.  This festival in fact celebrates our local agricultural way of life and includes many civic organizations.   The festivities of Farmer’s Day usually begin on Friday evening with a street dance.   Saturday morning there are breakfasts sponsored by local organizations and the main event is the parade that is held at 11:00 and includes local bands, horses, floats and other displays.  In the afternoon there are a variety of activities, including tractor pulls and other contests at the WV Extension Farm on Willow Bend Road.  Saturday evening closes with a fireworks display.

This year’s Farmer’s Day celebration will include a re-dedication of the 110 year old Confederate Monument in Union, as well as a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Civil War Trails, a ceremony to honor Colonel William Porcher Miles, and a Civil War Living History Camp.  These events will begin at 2:00 PM with the re-dedication of the monument, followed by the ceremony for Colonel Miles at 3:00 PM, and the Civil War Trails Ribbon Cutting at 5:30 PM.   The Civil War Living History Camps will be open to the public from 5:00- 7:30 PM on Saturday and 10:00 AM-12:00 Noon on Sunday.

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