Headliners

Formerly known as Gunshi, Carter Slade, named for the comic book phantom hero, members include, from left, Steve Beverly, Jude Blevins, Shawn Beverly, and, not pictured, Donald Stables. “We play southern rock,” Shawn Beverly explained, “with a tiny bit of country.”

Carter Slade, a local southern rock band, will headline this year’s Pineville Autumn Festival Oct. 29.

The group, named for the comic book phantom hero, includes four musicians who have been playing together for years. They were previously known as Gunshi.

Band members include Steve Beverly, his son, Shawn Beverly; his nephew, Jude Blevins, and long-time friend, Donald Stables.

“We play southern rock,” Shawn Beverly explained, “with a tiny bit of country.”

The band never “broke up,” Beverly notes.

“We all just got busy. I got married and was busy building a house,” he said.

While the band was busy building their personal lives, they never did quit playing together.

They decided it was time again to play some on the weekends, maybe a few festivals, Beverly added.

“It’s just all about wanting to play some music,” he emphasized.

“This year will be bigger and better,” emphasized Mayor Tim Ellison.

Myers Amusements will make their first appearance during the festival and will provide several rides.

Based in Mount Lookout, the carnival provides a “safe midway and a family atmosphere” at festivals and celebrations across southern West Virginia, according to officials.

Myers Amusements was founded in 1974, when Allen Myers bought a cotton candy trailer from the man for whom he had worked as a teenager.

Myers comes from a hard working family, and worked as a coal miner and electrician for Pittston Coal Company for more than 20 years.

 He and his wife, Drema, spent vacations running the concession trailer in the local area.

The old cotton candy trailer was replaced in 1977 as the Myers and their two sons added kiddy rides and their first major ride in 2000.

Now retired from the mines, Myers works the carnival nearly every day with his family.

The carnival was also featured during this year’s Mullens Dogwood Festival and the Pineville Labor Day Celebration.

Organizers are still working out the festival details, Ellison said.

Businesses and organizations will set up for the annual children’s tailgate event and the chili cook-off beginning at 5 p.m.

The best decorated booth will be recognized, Ellison said. Additionally, there will be prizes for second and third place winners.

Chili contest awards will go to the top three entries in the business/organization category as well as to the individuals earning the top spots.

There will also be a People’s Choice award, Elllison noted.

Prizes will also be awarded for the top three places in a dance contest, Ellison said.

A costume contest for children as well as adults will be among the activities.

For children five and under, prizes will be given for best overall, scariest, best character, and cutest costumes.

The same prizes will be awarded in the category for children six and over.

Adults in costumes will also earn prizes for the three best costumes, Ellison said.

As in previous festivals, the pumpkin painting/carving contest will also be featured along with a cake walk.

A gigantic fire works display is scheduled for 9:30 p.m.

For more information or to participate, phone Pineville City Hall Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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