Title: SportsFEST
Location: Magic Island/ Haddad Riverfront Park
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Description: The Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau is proud to once again host SportsFEST on Aug. 19-21, 2011. Events will take place at Magic Island, on the Kanawha River and on the Kanawha Boulevard at Haddad Riverfront Park.

SportsFEST includes the UWP-IJSBA Toyota Governors’ Cup Watercross National Championship, EVP Pro Am Beach Championship and the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge.

To add even more fun to the festivities the United Way of Central West Virginia will host the first Block Party Weekend, which will include amusement park rides, carnival games and food. In addition, the sixth annual United Way Sunday Scoop will be returning to Charleston.

SportsFEST is expected to attract more than 5,000 people each day and have an economic impact of $1.6 million.

“We’ve seen great success the previous two years with these events so we are very pleased to have them back for 2011,” said Patty Bradley, CVB president and chief executive officer. “We’re also excited to include this year the United Way Block Party and Sunday Scoop – making this the perfect staycation weekend.”

Schedule of events

Friday, Aug. 19 – Corporate Challenge
Noon – 4p.m. – UWP Toyota Governor’s Cup
Noon – 4 p.m. – EVP Pro Beach Volleyball
6:30 p.m. – Live on the Levee
All day – United Way Block Party

Saturday, Aug. 20
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. – EVP “Rocks the River” Pro Beach Volleyball
11 a.m. – 5 p.m. – UWP Toyota Governor’s Cup
6 – 8 p.m. – Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge
8 – 10 p.m. – Saturday night concert at Haddad Riverfront Park
All day – United Way Block Party

Sunday, Aug. 21
10 a.m. – Noon – Firefighter Combat Challenge
11 a.m. – 5 p.m. – UWP Toyota Governor’s Cup
Noon – 1p.m. – EVP “Rocks the River” Pro Beach Volleyball
1 – 4 p.m. – JR. Spike N’ Splash 12U, 14U, 16U
1 – 5 p.m. – United Way Sunday Scoop
All day – United Way Block Party

“Events such as this take a lot of time and effort,” said Bradley. “Mayor Danny Jones and the city of Charleston have been very instrumental and supportive in making this year’s SportsFEST a success.”

A special thank you also goes to thecity of Charleston, Bill Barr and Madison Coal & Supply, Capt. Kaven Ransom of WV DNR, Marcel Ragoza Petty Officer 3rd Class of theU.S. Coast Guard, the US Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District Waterways Association, Capt. Ken Tyree of the Charleston Fire Department, and Lt. Steve Petty of the Charleston Police Department.
Start Date: 2011-08-19
End Date: 2011-08-21