See a site plan for the health complex and community center here.
CHELYAN, W.Va. -- Fred Joseph hopes this week's Upper Kanawha Valley Homecoming Festival will renew excitement in eastern Kanawha County communities from Marmet and Chesapeake to East Bank and beyond.
"We're trying to invigorate the population of the area," said Joseph, one of the organizers of the festival.
"There's been nothing going on up here for a long time. We're trying to rally the troops, so to speak."
The festival, which runs through Saturday on a site next to Riverside High School, kicked off Wednesday afternoon with a flag-raising ceremony. The event features live music, vendors, carnival rides and other attractions.
Hours are 3 to 10 p.m. through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, said Chesapeake Mayor Damron Bradshaw.
He said admission to the festival and music acts is free, but visitors will have to pay for food, carnival rides and other events.
Joseph said the festival is not designed as a fundraising event, but organizers hope the festival will drum up support for a multimillion-dollar health complex and community center local leaders hope to build.
"We have land allotted to us beside Riverside High School," Bradshaw said. "Our thought long-range is to build a sports and recreation complex."