ELK GARDEN – “It's going to be a big thing,” said Elk Garden mayor Marian Droppleman as plans come together for the Sept. 15 Energy Expo and the kick-off reception.

By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspondent
ELK GARDEN – “It’s going to be a big thing,” said Elk Garden mayor Marian Droppleman as plans come together for the Sept. 15 Energy Expo and the kick-off reception.
A reception celebrating the town’s rich energy heritage is planned for 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14,  at the Elk Garden fire hall, leading into a day of events from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday,  with the first Energy Expo in coordination with the Mineral County Chamber of Commerce.
Plans for the expo began with the establishment of a Miners’ Museum and donations are still being accepted, as well as others who are looking to bring items and to share about their history during the expo.
Historic items will be on display at the town hall on Saturday and there will be information on the #20 mine.
The United Methodist Church will be holding a bake sale along with hot dogs, chili dogs and drinks. Bands will be performing throughout the day in the church parking lot.
A variety of exhibits will be open to visitors at the fire hall and other areas including how wind makes electric. Concessions will be available at the fire hall featuring cotton candy, funnel cakes and popcorn.
The Smoke House Grill will be set up in town and the park will showcase children’s activities and inflatables.
A farmer’s market is planned for across from the school and will include a tractor for children to learn more about farming.
Other exhibits will highlight the timber industry and the sawmill on Paugh Town Road will be open.
Residents with items that they would like to donate for the display or who would like to bring items to display for the expo are urged to contact Droppleman at 304-813-3450 or John Lecky at 304-790-0947.