Belpre homecoming kicks off July 31

From local reports

The Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 82nd Annual Belpre Homecoming July 31 to Aug. 2 at Civitan Park.

This three day event will feature carnival rides, games, vendors, free entertainment and much more. The kick off the festival on Thursday night with the lighting of the torch at the Gazebo in Civitan Park. The Gazebo will also be the location for all Homecoming Pageants throughout the weekend, with Little Miss/Mister Pageant taking place at 7 p.m. Thursday evening.

After the opening ceremonies and pageant, “Hotel California, A Salute to the Eagles” will perform as the featured band for the main stage.

Friday festivities will begin at 5 p.m. and include the Cruise – In Car Show in Civitan Park followed by Healthy Youth & Family Night. Later in the evening live music and the Junior Miss Belpre Pageant will serve as the entertainment.

Saturday morning will begin with the Buddy Bass Fishing Tournament at 7:30 a.m., followed by the Belpre Mile Run and Walk. The evening will once again feature a wide variety of live entertainment on the main stage.

For more information, visit or call the Marietta-Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 373-5178.

Schedule: Thursday, July 31

6 p.m. Carnival Rides/Games

6:30 p.m. Opening Ceremonies with Lighting of the Torch

7 p.m. Little Miss/Mister Pageant

8:30 p.m. Eagles Tribute Band “Hotel California”- Suddenlink Main Stage

Friday, Aug. 1

5 p.m. Cruise-In

6 p.m. Carnival Rides/Games and “Youth Night”

6-7 p.m. Belpre Youth Chamber Games: Balloon Launch and Hula-hoop contest at Ballfield

6 p.m. Junior Miss Belpre Pageant

7 p.m. Little Free Library Dedication at Gazebo

7:30 p.m. Brooks & Ivey-Suddenlink Main Stage

8 p.m. High Schools That Rock-Suddenlink Main Stage

9 p.m. Tristen Smith – Suddenlink Main Stage

Saturday, Aug. 2

7 a.m. Buddy Bass fishing tournament-Belpre Boat Ramp

9 a.m. Kids Fishing Derby-Civitan Park Pond

9:40 a.m. Belpre Mile Run and Walk-Howes Grove Park

10 a.m. 82nd Belpre Homecoming Parade

noon Carnival Rides/Games until 4 pm

7 p.m. Miss Teen and Miss Belpre Pageants

2-4 p.m. Brian Worst-Suddenlink Main Stage

6 p.m. Carnival Rides/Games

7 p.m. Miss Teen and Miss Belpre Pageants

8 p.m. Jody Haught-Suddenlink Main Stage

9:30 p.m. Duck Pluck Winners drawn at Belpre Municipal Pool

9:30 p.m. Zach Paxson-Suddenlink Main Stage