WANT TO GO?
WHERE: Around the mound, South Charleston
WHEN: 6 p.m. Thursday, 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday
INFO: 304-746-552 or www.southcharlestonwv.orgCHARLESTON, W.Va. --Bob Anderson, the Executive Director of the South Charleston Convention and Visitor's Bureau, likes to think of South Charleston's Summerfest as kind of a tradition.
"A lot of people plan their vacations around it," he said excitedly. "They plan reunions around Summerfest. I think it's sort of taken the place of Regatta as an end-of-the-summer kind of event."
He certainly hopes so, anyway.
The festival, now in its 12th year, runs through Sunday in the area around the South Charleston Mound. It features '50s and '60s music, dance competitions, a car show, Saturday night fireworks and the United Way Sunday Scoop.
Talking with Anderson, the details pour out of him in a gush. To call him enthusiastic would be an understatement. Andersons is a cheerleader for all things South Charleston and very excited about Summerfest, which he said has roots in the 1960s.
"Back in 1966, I used to do Mound dances in South Charleston. Big crowds, people loved them. But then I went on and worked for years other places."