Belpre Homecoming Festival gets under way July 31

BELPRE – The 82nd annual Belpre Homecoming Festival will feature three days of activities, entertainment and attractions from July 31-Aug. 2 at Civitan Park in Belpre.

Headlining the slate of entertainers for the weekend is “Hotel California, A Salute to the Eagles,” performing July 31 on the main stage at Civitan Park.

For Belpre Homecoming’s Youth Night on Friday, the festival will feature country performer Tristen Smith, of St. Clairsville.

The final headliner of Belpre Homecoming will be country singer/songwriter and Ohio native Zack Paxson on Aug. 2. Paxson recorded his first CD “Good Luck with That” in 2011, and followed it with his second “A Simple Life.”

Other performers featured during the Belpre Homecoming will include Brooks and Ivey, High Schools that Rock, Brian Worst and Jody Haught.

This year’s Belpre Homecoming will also feature other traditional celebrations, attractions and food/crafter and commercial vendors. The Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce, the Belpre Invitational Homecoming Association and Belpre Lions Club will sponsor the 82nd annual Belpre Homecoming Parade at 10 a.m. Aug. 2.

Amusement rides will be open throughout the event.

The Belpre Homecoming pageants will include: Little Miss/Mister (ages 5-8) on July 31, Junior Miss (ages 9-12) on Aug. 1 and Miss Teen Belpre (ages 13-16) and Miss Belpre (ages 17-20) on Aug. 2.

The BACC will also be holding its second “Duck Pluck” fundraiser offering cash prizes to winners whose ducks are “plucked” from Belpre Municipal Swimming Pool on Saturday. A $5 ticket gives purchasers a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1,000 and five tickets can be purchased for $20.

Sponsored exclusively by Belpre Savings Bank, tickets will be available at the Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce office and the bank, plus local ticket outlets including Kroger, The Churn, Bob’s Market, and Belpre Municipal Building. Proceeds go to support Homecoming events.

The Buddy Bass Tournament and Kids Fishing Derby, presented by Frontier Bassmasters and BACC, will be Aug. 2. The fishing tournament is at the Belpre boat ramp at 7 a.m., with an entry fee of $60 per boat and $2,500 in cash prizes. The Kids Fishing Derby begins at 9 a.m. at Civitan Park pond.