Apr. 16—By CHARLES OWENS
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
BLUEFIELD — The Chamber of Commerce of the two Virginias is planning to have a Cole Chevy Mountain Festival in Bluefield this year.
After the 2020 celebration had to be canceled due to the pandemic, the chamber announced Friday plans for a 10-day festival at Bluefield City Park beginning Friday, June 4, and continuing through Sunday, June 13.
The festival will adhere to all virus rules that are in effect at the time, Jeff Disibbio, president and CEO of the chamber, said.
"We are being very thoughtful and very aware of all of the guidelines and things that need to be in place for the participants and the vendors," Disibbio said Friday.
Because the state line runs through city park, the Cole Chevy Mountain Festival has historically been held on both the Virginia and West Virginia sides of city park. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice recently announced that fairs and festival will be allowed to resume in the Mountain State in May, but Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has not yet outlined a plan for fairs and festival.
Dissibio said the Cole Chevy Mountain Festival can be held entirely on the West Virginia side of city park if necessary.
"We hope that by the first of June both states will be open and allowing for these type of events," he said. "But we will make do and do our best to adhere to all state and federal guidelines."