Paden City Labor Day Celebration Is Sept. 1-3
The Paden City Annual Labor Day Celebration is slated for Sept. 1-3. The event will include free entertainment, free parking, and fun for all ages. Fun Factory Inflatables will be available all three days for kids, and wristbands can be purchased on site. Opening ceremonies begin noon, Sept. 1. In honor of the late PC Labor Day Celebration organizer Judy Ferrebee, Fun Factory Inflatables will be free on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. If a wristband is obtained prior to 4 p.m. Saturday, the inflatables will be free the rest of that day.
Musical entertainment on Saturday includes One Accord, 1 p.m.; Half Cracked, 5-7 p.m.; and Ivory Bridge, 8:30-10:30 p.m.
Sunday includes another full day of entertainment, as follows: Sistersville Christian Church Youth Choir, 1 p.m.; Beacon Road, 2:30 p.m.; Honkytonk Sweethearts, 5 p.m.; and Rick K and the All-Nighters, 8:30 p.m.
On Monday, Sept. 3, an all-you-can-eat breakfast will be held at the firehall from 8 a.m. until noon. Cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children under 10. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, hash browns, french toast, milk, sausage, sausage gravy, bacon, pancakes, toast, orange juice, coffee, and biscuits.
Also on Sept. 3, the 5K Fun Run will take place, with registration slated for 8 a.m.
The annual Paden City Labor Day Parade will take place at 1 p.m., Monday. Musical entertainment on Monday is as follows: The Remedy, 2 p.m.; DeWayne Spaw, 5 p.m.; and Jimmy Fortune, 7:30 p.m.
Fortune was a member of the legendary Statler Brothers, which reigned in country music for an impressive 40 years.
The Statler Brothers is also considered the most awarded act in the history of country music. Fortune spent 21 years with the group, until its retirement in 2002. During his tenure with the group, Fortune wrote the No. 1 hits “Elizabeth,” “My Only Love,” and “Too Much On My Heart.” He also wrote the Top 10 hit “Forever,” and he co-wrote “More Than a Name on the Wall,” which was a Top-10 hit as well. During Fortune’s time with the group, the Statler Brothers had 22 singles chart on the Hot Country Songs chart; 15 of those singles were Top 10 hits. The Statler Brothers were also CMA “Vocal Group of the Year” winners.
The group was inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame in 2007 and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008. And though the Statler Brothers retired in 2002, Fortune has continued to pursue his musical talents. Fortune’s latest solo release, “Sings The Classics,” features songs such as “Make The World Go Away,” “Danny’s Song,” “Wake Up Little Susie,” Wildfire,” and a song that Fortune will surely sing while at Paden City – “Take Me Home, Country Roads.”
The album features collaborations with longtime friends Ricky Skaggs, The Isaacs and the Voices of Lee. The Gaither Music Group project is available at music retailers everywhere, along with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations nationwide.
“These are the songs I grew up on,” Fortune said of the tracks on the album. “These are songs I heard on the radio, songs that shaped my life. Everything is on there.”
When asked about his favorite track, Fortune answered that though it is hard to pick one favorite, he would choose Michael Murphy’s Wildfire.
“It was one of my little girls’ favorite songs, when they were little. They loved horses, and so they always wanted me to sing that song. They would say “Sing Wildfire, Daddy.'”
And of “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” Fortune said, “I’m a big John Denver fan I love West Virginia… on top of the mountains… It’s a mystery, a mystic… You can feel it in those mountains the little streams. You stop, and you see that clear water running through the creek. Man, there is nothing like it.”
Perhaps Fortune will also sing The Statler Brothers’ song, “More Than A Name On A Wall,” which was refused radio play at its release by two stations due to being controversial.
“I pay tribute to veterans, and I get to say ‘thank you’ to them, and this song allowed me that opportunity,” Fortune said. “I went to Washington, D.C. years ago and saw the memorials there, and I saw the Vietnam Memorial. I saw those 60,000 names. It hit me. It was a profound statement. One name was stacked on top of one another. When you see 60,000 names, you see how big that wall is. You see and hear the stories of how big that wall is. You see and hear the stories of mothers and fathers, sisters and friends. They come to the wall and share their story, and you realize that profound statement is more than a name on the wall.”
(More Than A Name On A Wall) is a really powerful song that has meant a lot to veterans… Hearing some of those stories… they are heartbreaking… When you write something like (More Than A Name On A Wall), they realize that hey, someone really cares. They realize that people do care. They meant something to this country and always will.”
Other PC Labor Day Weekend events include duck pond, crafters, face painting, ceramic painting, dime pitch, and more. The Paden City Volunteer Fire Company and American Legion Auxiliary Unit #86 will have food for sale all three days. The PCVFC will have fish frys Sunday, Sept. 2 from 1-6 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 3, 2-6 p.m. Menu includes fish sandwiches, fries, cole slaw, potato salad, baked beans, macaroni salad, green beans, desserts, sloppy joes, and drinks. For more information call 304-337-9289.