Chester sets plans for July 4 celebration

CHESTER – Organizers of Chester’s annual Fourth of July celebration aren’t going to tinker with what they see as a winning formula.

“Everybody seems to have a good time. They come every year,” said Randy Friley, chairman of the Chester Celebration Committee.

The event, which brings an estimated 17,000 out-of-town visitors to Chester every Fourth of July, begins with the 5K Freedom Run at 9 a.m. July 4 and concludes with a 6 p.m. concert and a fireworks show at sunset, Friley said.

In between, there will be a Chester Lions Club car show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., a Duck Dash starting at 12:30 p.m., and a parade at 4 p.m., he said.

Headliners for this year’s concert at Chester City Park will be the Marietta, Ga.-based country rock band Confederate Railroad. Opening act is country singer Todd Jones, of Pittsburgh.

Friley said the Fourth of July parade still needs floats and that organizations should contact Mary Thorn at 304-281-1515.

To register for the 5K Freedom Run, call Lacy Cashdollar at 304-374-0542 or go online at:

To register for the car show, email Steve Wilson at:

Ducks for the Duck Dash may be purchased from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at the Chester Municipal Building. Ducks also will be available the morning of the race.

The duck race categories will be ages 0-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-13, and 14 and up.

Friley said vendors also are needed. Food and craft vendors should contact Del Wright at 304-387-1211.

Funding for the Fourth of July celebration comes from the Chester Volunteer Fire Department, Chester VFW Post 6450 and Chester American Legion Post 121, as well as the West Virginia Development Office and private donations.