CARPENDALE – Hundreds of visitors are expected in Carpendale next week as the town holds its second Knobley Tunnel Day July 27.

By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspondent
CARPENDALE – Hundreds of visitors are expected in Carpendale next week as the town holds its second Knobley Tunnel Day July 27.
While visitors will have to admire the tunnel from the outside as it is closed for repairs, there will be plenty to do in Carpendale.
“We’re moving forward,” said Vickie Hamilton, who is on the committee working to organize the event.
Over 26 vendors, six Miss Falcon contestants with food and activities, and displays by the West Virginia Department of Resources (DNR) and more will line the walkway to the tunnel.
The Classy Chassis Car Club will be holding a cruise in with over 50 cars expected. Hamilton noted that Charlie Davis’ family will be bringing his antique car as well.
Four food trucks are expected to be on hand and three music groups will be performing throughout the day in addition to a DJ and music at the Holy Cross United Methodist Church.
The event gets underway at 10 a.m. and will continue until 4 p.m. with activities for all ages including face painting, fingerprinting by the Ridgeley Police Department, corn hole, raffles, silent auction, bounce house, dunking booth and more.
Residents wishing to be a part of the festivities are needed to help the day of the event and can donate bottles of water, cans of soda and 12 ounce Gatorade.
“We need help with volunteers. We can’t do this on our own,” said Hamilton, noting that they are expecting twice as many visitors as last year.
Anyone with canopies or tables that can be loaned for the day are urged to contact Hamilton as 301-707-1674 or Jodi Miller at 240-362-8955.
“These ladies have been working hard. They are really doing a good job putting this together,” said Carpendale mayor Casey Lambert.
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