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Pineville Labor Day celebration to kick off Thursday

August 25, 2013

YellowBrix

Aug. 25--PINEVILLE -- Wyoming County's Labor Day Celebration kicks off Thursday with carnival rides in Palisades Park.

Vendors and Deschler Amusements carnival rides will continue throughout the weekend celebration in the park.

Beatlemania Magic, a national-touring tribute band, will headline Saturday -- bringing "Beatlemania" to Pineville. The free concert is scheduled at 8 p.m. in the park, according to Sherri Morgan-Ellison, entertainment coordinator.

The Beatles tribute band will perform such early classics as "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "She Loves You," complete with identical costumes, equipment and famous Beatle harmonies, said Bill Kropinak, who portrays John Lennon.

Kropinak easily slips into the English accent to demonstrate the authentic flavor of the performances.

Other band members include Russ Saylor as Paul McCartney, Mark Baranski portrays George Harrison, and Burt Scheel recreates Ringo Starr.

The band will do two costume changes during the performance, he explained, featuring the group's early years, or "the clean-cut years" from such shows as "Ed Sullivan," and the "psychedelic years" with hits from the Sgt. Pepper album and the elaborate uniforms the Beatles made famous during their Magical Mystery Tour. Music from the "White Album," "Let It Be" and "Abbey Road" will also be featured.

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The annual Mack Morgan Show and Shine Car Show will be featured Sept. 1 on Main Street, and is sponsored by the Pineville Lions Club. Entry fee is $15, with registration scheduled from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Dash plaques and trophies will be awarded.

The annual beauty pageant is also scheduled Sunday; contact Pat Armstrong at 304-732-6700 for information.

Matt Stillwell, a North Carolina native, will be the Sunday headliner. The country music artist is scheduled to take the stage at 8 p.m. in Palisades Park.

George Dorn and the Tennessee Whiskey Band will perform at 6 p.m.

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Steel Magnolia, made up of the country music duo Joshua Scott Jones and Meghan Linsey, will headline the Labor Day performances.

Their free concert is scheduled Monday, Sept. 2, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Palisades Park, according to Morgan-Ellison.

Steel Magnolia sped to the top of the country music charts soon after winning Season 2 of CMT's "Can You Duet?" with "Keep On Lovin' You." The song has been downloaded more than a million times and featured in the major motion picture "Valentine's Day," according to a spokesperson.

Other hits include "Just By Being You" and "Last Night Again."

The duo has since tour-ed with country music super stars Brad Paisley, Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton, among others.

They've earned numerous industry nominations, including Vocal Duo of the Year and Top New Vocal Duo of the Year by the Academy of Country Music in 2010 and again in 2011, Top Vocal Duo by the Country Music Association in 2010, Best Country Music Video By A New Duo by Country Music Television and a 2012 ACM Award for Vocal Duo of the Year.

Currently, the two are touring, Jones said, and working on a new television reality show for A&E on the "real version of Nashville." The show is scheduled to debut early next year, according to Jones.

"Success is everything and more" than Jones imagined.

"There are a lot of lessons to be learned in this business," Jones explain-ed. "You've got to know who your friends are and learn to follow your gut."

The two are looking forward to performing in Pineville.

"We eat small town (performances) up," he emphasized. "It's always nice in a small town -- I think the people appreciate it more. We love it!"

Carter Slade, formerly Gunshi, will open the show at 5:30 p.m. Labor Day.

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On Monday, First Peoples Bank will serve as the parade grand marshal as well as the parade organizers. Line-up will begin at 10 a.m. at FasChek and the parade will start at 11 a.m.

A fireworks display is scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m.

-- E-mail: mcbrooks@ register-herald.com

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