Rivers And Rails Festival Under Way

By: Todd Baucher, Mollie Lair Email
By: Todd Baucher, Mollie Lair Email

UPDATE: 6/10/2012 6:46 PM

Bass and bluegrass. The West Virginia River and Rail Festival combines two area favorites for a weekend of fun.

"There's not many in the area and I think there's a lot of fishermen here. We're right on the Ohio River which is fished a lot," says Master of Ceremonies Jim McKnight.

The bass tournament is pretty competitive with teams weighing in their catch every day before releasing them back into the river.

And local organizations take advantage of the big turnout.

"This is one of the ways that we make money to supply our projects and this is how we make our money to support these projects," says George Little with Amvest Post 40.

It's a win-win situation.

"Oh I think it's a great thing for the community. My daughter owns the candy shop here and it just fits right into everything. Gets the people together," says festival attendee Barbara McCloy.

This is one of St. Marys' biggest weekends of the year.

Preparations were under way Friday afternoon for this year's River and Rail Festival and West Virginia Bass tournament.

Known for years as the West Virginia Bass Festival, it changed its name last year to reflect the community's railroad history.

The first of those activities began Friday night at six o-clock.

They include live music and entertainment, as well as amusements for the kids...and, of course, food.

The bass fishing tournament itself begins Satruday, with the final weigh-in set for Sunday afternoon.

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