A large crowd gathered at the Jettie Baker Center in Clintwood on Friday night, June 28, for the “Songs of ‘69” tribute for the “50 Years of Love” celebrating Virginia is for Lovers Slogan. Dora Wallace, director of the Jettie Baker Center, put together a great show with local talented singers performing songs from ’69.

Eleven-year-old Allie Hill from Richlands rocked the audience with her awesome voice. Other local singers did a great job with the audience joining in for a fun night. Rodney O’quin won the Gift Basket for the best costume, provided by Dickenson County Tourism Director Rita Surratt. Other gifts were given to different age groups for the costume contest.

This was one of the best shows ever and we sure need more functions like this to bring in an audience of all ages to join in the fun. Stay tuned for the ‘50’s night coming up in a few months.


Get ready for a big day in the Town of Clintwood with the 4th of July Celebration kicking off at 7 a.m. with the Kiwanis Club’s Breakfast at the Kid’s Korner Park in Clintwood. There will be activities throughout the day and the parade begins at 2 p.m. through the town. As always, Doris Rife has put together a great schedule of events. See our event calendar posted here for a complete list of activities and times for the day and evening.

The Breaks Interstate Park has a lot of activities going on during the Independence Day week. Visit the Breaks for some exciting outdoor activities for the whole family. Splash in the Park, bicycling, carriage rides, hiking and zip lining are only some of the activities available at the park.

If you want to float down the Russell Fork River on a tube, stop by Haysi Supply Company on Main Street in Haysi and see Jason Deel. It takes around two hours to float from the Town of Haysi to Thunder River Campground, the newest campground in Dickenson County and if you haven’t checked it out, you should. It is located along the Russell Fork River and a beautiful spot in the county.


The Dickenson County Chamber of Commerce will be putting together some workshops in the coming months. If there is a particular subject or workshop you would like to see available, please contact us at the chamber at 276-926-6074.

Also, if anyone is thinking about starting up a new business or expanding an existing business, give me a call and I will be happy to set you up an appointment with someone from the small business centers from the local community colleges to help you with a business plan and provide information on possible resources for start- up or expansion of your business. They will come here to Clintwood for the meeting so you will not have to travel.

We are looking for new members for our Chamber. If you are interested in becoming a member, you can visit our website at www.dickensonchamber.net or stop by our office for a membership application and learn about the benefits of being a chamber member and supporting your community.


If you want to learn more about the upcoming 2020 Census, visit the website: https://www.commonwealth.virginia.gov/advisory-boards/virginia-complete-count-commission/ It is very important that each person be counted. When you fill out the census, you help:

• Determine how many seats your state gets in Congress.

• Guide how more than $675 billion in federal funding is distributed to states and communities each year.

• Create jobs, provide housing, prepare for emergencies, and build schools, roads and hospitals.

Have a safe and exciting 4th of July!

What’s Happening – Chamber & Tourism

• 7/4/19 (Thursday) – Clintwood’s Fourth of July Parade, Celebration and Fireworks at the Ralph Cummins Stadium. For more information, call The Town of Clintwood at 276-926-8383.

• 7-11 a.m., Clintwood Kiwanis Club pancake breakfast will be held at the Kids Korner Park. Cost: $5.

• 9:30 a.m., Dickenson County Historical Society will host a book fair with local authors at the historical society’s office.

• 11:30 a.m., A flag-folding ceremony conducted by VFW Post 8979 in front of the historical society office.

• 1 p.m., Little Miss & Mister Firecracker contest and Mrs. & Mr. Bombshell contest in front of the town hall. Register by 12:45 p.m..

• 2 p.m., Parade: Call town hall at 276-926-8383 to register your float.

• 3-7 p.m., Free kids rides at the old Clintwood High School baseball field.

• 7-9 p.m., Evening entertainment concert with the Railway Express Band at the Ralph Cummins Stadium.

• 9-9:30 p.m., Contest drawings

• 9:30-10:15 p.m., fireworks

• 7/4-7/7/19 (Thursday – Sunday) Independence Day Celebration. Various outdoor and recreational opportunities at Breaks Interstate Park. Details to be announced. For more information, call 276-865-4413 or www.breakspark.com.

• 7/06/19 (Saturday) 8 – 11 p.m. “Rockin by the River” Music Series starring Winchester 49 with The Company Store on the stage at Thunder River Campground, 1558 Splashdam Road in Haysi. Admission $6 per person with children 12 & under free. Bring your lawn chairs. For more info, call 276-701-9876 or visit their Facebook page.

• 7/13/19 (Saturday) McClure Kiwanis Car Show at Breaks Interstate Park. For more information, call 276-865-4413 or www.breakspark.com.

• 7/13/19 (Saturday) 6 p.m. - Haysi Truck Pull @ Haysi Kiwanis Park. Gates open @ 4 p.m. with registration @ 4-6 p.m.. Gate Price – 12 and up, $8, Children under 12 – free. Entry Fee - $20 per class. Additional date is 8/3.

• 7/13/19 (Friday) CPM Trail Riders horse show @ 354 Ramey Flats Road, Clintwood. Upcoming shows on 8/10/19 (Memorial Show) and 9/14/19. Juvenile Horse Show on 9/28/19.

• 2019 Dickenson/ Buchanan River Tournaments 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Russell Fork location at Haysi Town Hall Picnic Shelter on the following Sundays, 7/28 and 8/18 and Levisa location, Little Prater Park & Ride, on the following Sundays – 7/14, 8/11 and 8/17. Cost $20 per team with optional $5 big fish. 8/17 & 8/18 – two-day tournament cost, $50. Contact Haysi Supply Co. for more information. 276-865-4845.

• 7/15-7/19/19 (Monday – Friday) Mad Camp 2019 (Music, Art & Drama) for students entering grades 3 – 9, at Southwest Virginia Community College. 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. daily. Cost $125 with scholarships available to qualified campers. Contact Annett McClanahan @ 276-964-7347 or Annette.mcclanahan@sw.edu. Online registration forms @ www.sw.edu/music-art-drama-mad-camp.

• 7/20/19 (Saturday) @ 6:30 p.m. Horse Shows at the Haysi Kiwanis Park. Through September, third weekend of the month.

• 8-29 – 8/31/19 (Thursday – Saturday) – Dickenson County Fair @ Haysi Kiwanis Park/DC Fairgrounds. More information to follow.