Coal Miners’ Festival set for Saturday

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, October 2, 2013

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Halsell Street in Bridgeport will be buzzing with activity during the Coal Miners’ Heritage Festival this Saturday.

On tap are a full slate of contests, games and activities that will appeal to all ages. The fun starts at 10 a.m. and lasts til 5 p.m.

STREET FESTIVAL – There are plenty of activities to keep little ones busy in Bridgeport Saturday at the Coal Miners’ Heritage Festival. Activites for youth include a Fall Festival Kids’ Zone and a Pumpkin Patch Pageant. For more information about Saturday’s schedule, call the Chamber at 940-683-2076. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Featured events include the Battle of the Badge Wise County Law Enforcement Donut-Eating Contest, the Great Bowls of Fire Chili Cookoff, college football viewing, a hot dog eating contest, a washer tournament, a pet parade, wine tasting and living history demonstrations by the Bridgeport Heritage Museum.

Downtown merchants will also be having specials and sidewalk sales for shoppers, and local artists will provide live music 1 to 5 p.m. There will also be a variety of vendor and food booths.

Kids will find plenty to keep them busy in the Fall Festival Kids’ Zone. Little ones can enter a pumpkin painting contest, navigate a pumpkin obstacle course, enjoy pumpkin bowling, play in jump houses and scale a rock climbing wall. There will also be a toddler play area.

The Pumpkin Patch Pageant is 1 p.m. Saturday for infants through age 9. Cost is $20, and contestants will be judged in four age categories – 0 to 23 months, 2 to 3 years, 4 to 6 years and 7 to 9 years. The theme is fall, and attire is casual. Optional categories are best eyes, best outfit, best smile and best personality for $5 per category or $20 for all.

Cost to enter the chili cook-off is $50 per team. To enter the washer tournament, entry fee is $25 through today and $40 the day of the tournament.

Coal Miner’s Heritage Festival is hosted by the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce, Bridgeport Historical Society and Bridgeport Main Street. For entry forms or additional information about any of the contests, visit or You can also call the Chamber at 940-683-2076.

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