WINFIELD, W.Va. -- The 84th annual Putnam County Homecoming will take place Saturday and Sunday in Winfield.
The event is sponsored by Putnam County's Lions Clubs, and festivities start Saturday at 7 p.m. with the "street dance," said George Woodrum, president of the Hometown Lions Club and trustee for the West Virginia Lions Foundation. The headlining band for the dance will be Charlie Absten and the Distant Thunder Band.
A flag-raising ceremony will take place Sunday at 10 a.m., and the Winfield High School marching band will play during the ceremony. Valerie Higginbotham will perform gospel music following the flag raising, and County Commission President Joe Haynes will give a welcome address at 11:30 a.m.
Four candidates will be introduced for the "Miss Putnam County" contest, one each from Buffalo, Winfield, Hurricane and Poca High Schools. The homecoming parade is scheduled for 1 p.m., and Miss Putnam County will be crowned at the end of the festivities.
According to Woodrum, the Lions Club has sponsored the event since 1988, and he hopes more citizens will attend future homecoming festivals to promote the event. The Lions Club is a nonprofit organization, so proceeds from the homecoming festival are reinvested in the community, he added."You'd hate to see something that has been going on for 84 years slowly die out," he said. "So many fairs, so many festivals and so many homecomings, they just die out. We really like to keep this one going."