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September 29 thru October 1, 2000

     The Historic Town of Matewan hosted it's 6th Annual Homecoming Friday, September 29 thru Sunday, October 1, 2000.  Friday's festivities began with the Magnolia Excellence Award Banquet held at the Herbert B. Akers community center in Red Jacket.  This years banquet honored five of Matewan's finest Magnolia/Matewan High School students.  Congratulations to Glenna Stacy, Aileen Phillips, Alvin Warf, Glen David Kirk, and Herbert B. Akers.  Downtown festivities also got under way Friday night at 9 p.m. with Eddie Nenni and the Jaguars.  Clifford Whitt and his Matewan Dance Studio danced the night away in downtown Matewan with the Jaguars until midnight.
     Saturday mornings festivities began at 8 a.m. with the Hatfield & McCoy Auto Show.  The Rotary Club of Matewan also began at 8 a.m. with their traditional pancake breakfast in front of city hall.  The 4th Annual Hatfield & McCoy Auto Show was a full day event lasting from 8 a.m. until trophy presentations at 4 p.m.  The Auto Show welcomed the Citgo Nascar Racing Simulator to the show for the first time with over 100 participants testing their skills at driving a Nascar simulator at over 200 m.p.h. 
      One of this years major treats at the Matewan Homecoming 2000 was the debut of the long awaited Matewan Massacre Re-enactment which was directed by Bridget Call & produced by Bill Richardson.  Bill & Bridget worked hard for several months bringing together a cast of local people to create the re-enactment of the now infamous gun battle between Baldwin-Felts agents and local coal miners which occurred in Matewan on May 19th, 1920.  The re-enactment took place on the street in front of city hall at 2 p.m. Saturday.  The play drew hundreds if not thousands of spectators and by all accounts was a huge success.  Plans are already under way for future presentations.  Great Job Bridget!!
     This years homecoming also hosted one of the largest street fairs on Mate Street in historic Matewan, with over 45 vendors participating.  All types of activities took place on the streets of Matewan from a Jumping Jupiter located across from BB&T bank, a Clown show at city hall, storytelling in the Matewan Depot, to a hopping good time from entertainers on the town square stage.  Entertainment was provided by such acts as Kayla Carter, the Grace Gospel Singers, Michelle & the Revivalmen, Bobby Fletcher, Joe Moore, Calvin Clark, and Lauren West & Friends.  Saturday evening rounded out with a community block party hosted by WBTH/WXCC radio along with the Rotary Club of Matewan hosting Bingo in the fire hall. 
     Homecoming was not over Saturday but continued Sunday with a full day.  Sunday's festivities began at 1 a.m. with the Banquet of Christ, an inspiration of the Matewan Area Community Action Team President Betty Charles.  Betty's vision for this year's banquet was to bring the community together to celebrate the town's birthday through Christian fellowship.  The fine folks at Buskirk/Gilbert Foodland also shared Betty's vision by providing 200 free chicken & dumpling dinners for those that attended.  A  special thanks is extended by Betty to all those who participated,  with a very special thanks going to the Full Gospel Church of Matewan for hosting the dinner and providing all of the entertainment for a great afternoon!

     Below you will find addition information and photographs of the weekend's events.  Please take a little time to enjoy this section.  Your comments, questions, and feedback are always appreciated by e-mailing us at matewan@a-aautoparts.com

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Massacre Play Photos

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Magnolia Excellence

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Banquet for Christ

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