KEYSER -The Keyser City Council this week gave their approval for the use of various city streets during the first Minco Music Heritage Festival scheduled June 17-23.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER -The Keyser City Council this week gave their approval for the use of various city streets during the first Minco Music Heritage Festival scheduled June 17-23.
“They want to use different locales throughout the city of Keyser,” parks and recreation commissioner William Zacot explained, saying that some events would be set up at Brooks Park (former South End Park), and some in the downtown area.
In a letter of request from festival coordinator Terry Stephens, it was proposed to close East and West streets around the Mineral County Courthouse, where vendors and entertainment would be set up, as well as Center Street from Main to Water streets, for safety purposes.
Zacot also said that, while the main festival days are proposed for  Friday, Saturday and Sunday of that week, the Mineral County Relay for Life would be set up along the South End track on Saturday, and festival coordinators plan to work with Relay organizers to tie some events together.
Organizers are also working on ways to get people from one site to another.
“They hope to have a hay wagon, a fire truck and maybe even a golf cart to help shuttle people,” Zacot said.
If the John R. Shelton Swimming Pool is open at the time, events may be held there as well.
When asked if the Parks and Recreation Commission had any events scheduled that would conflict with the music festival, Zacot said, “Anything I have scheduled we can move around to help the festival.”
Council member Eric Murphy therefore made a motion to approve the festival, and Zacot seconded it. The motion passed 5-0.
In the meantime, Stephens is seeking performers, craftspeople, and vendors to participate in the first-ever festival, which is geared toward showcasing the rich musical history of the local region.