Boasting the theme “Back in the Sun in 2021,” the Ronceverte River Festival will return to Island Park this weekend, with live music, a parade, a circus, contests and the Great Rubber Ducky Race.

The Grand Parade will step off at 7 p.m. Friday, led by Colson Glover, the WVU Mountaineer. Vendors will also open at 7, as will the Duck Hunt and Duck Pond.

Buddy Allen & the Cheat River Band will perform in the Amphitheatre starting at 7:30, and the Victor Kent Family Circus will entertain festival-goers at around 8:30.

On day two, this year’s festival will include low-intensity entertainment and activities for those who prefer to avoid the crowd. Those activities will commence at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Traditional activities such as rock painting, the Best Dressed Duck Coloring Contest and the Duck Pond will begin at the same time, while the strawberry shortcake sale, sponsored by Friends of the Ronceverte Library, will get underway Saturday at 11.

Sponsored by the Ronceverte Lions Club, registration for the 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament will start at 11:30 a.m. on the courts next to the American Heritage Music Hall. Competition for middle schoolers and high school players will begin at noon.

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