PARKERSBURG, W.Va. - 4/12/2017 4:40 P.M.
The Parkersburg Homecoming responds to recent reactions to its decision to reduce this year's festival to two days.
Parkersburg City Council and the Wood County Commission reduced its funding to the festival in their recently-approved fiscal year budgets.
The State of West Virginia is also cutting by 20% funding to fairs and festivals across the state-including Homecoming-as part of its budget problems.
Part of the Homecoming board's response-decided at its monthly meeting Tuesday-is to appoint council member Eric Barber to its board of directors.
"I don't think they clearly know exactly how the event itself runs," Sherry Valentine, Homecoming Director, said Wednesday. "That's why we're trying to bring the city council on board so they have eyes on the inside, so they know how homecoming actually functions. We're in the works with the mayor to get somebody else appointed onto our advisory board, so that we have more members on our committee."
Its advisory board now includes Parkersburg South High School student Michael Hess.
The Homecoming Board of Directors meets on the second Tuesday of each month, at 6 P.M., at the Judge Donald F. Black Annex.
The annual Parkersburg Homecoming Festival is being shortened to a two-day event in 2017, an organizer says.
This year's event will take place on Friday, Aug. 18 and Saturday, Aug. 19.
Sherry Valentine, president of the Homecoming board, says the anticipated date for when students return to school in the fall was a factor in the decision to no longer have events on Sunday.
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