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Good Old Days

By Randy Rutherford - Staff Writer | Aug 25, 2021

Flying Wallendas

Do you remember the Flying Wallendas’ nail biting performance at the Paden City Labor Day Celebration back in the 70s? If you do, you are one of the lucky ones to experience that fabulous treat! The Wallendas, formed in 1922 by patriarch Karl Wallenda, is a famous circus act that continues to perform today. They are a daredevil group executing stunts and high wire acts without the benefit of a safety net. They have set world records for high wire walking and dazzled heads of state and audiences around the world for decades. The group made an appearance at the annual Paden City Labor Day Celebration in the mid 1970’s to the delight of thousands of local residents and out of town guests. The Labor Day Celebration, one of West Virginia’s longest running festivals, is known to have drawn thousands of spectators each year. Be sure to visit this year’s celebration being held at William E. Ford Park from September 3 through September 6. Also, save time to visit the Paden City Museum and Cultural Center to see the vast collection of artifacts, pictures and written materials depicting our town, its schools, businesses and activities over the years. The Museum is located at 105 W. Main Street and is a project of the Paden City Foundation, Inc. Come visit us and travel back in time to the good old days at the Paden City Museum on Thursdays from 1 – 3 p.m.; Fridays from 1 – 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 – 11 a.m. See you there.