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Exotic snakes, reptiles part of WV Coal Festival

June 19, 2014

By Fred Pace, Coal Valley News, Madison, W.Va.

June 19--MADISON -- Exotic snakes and reptiles are one of the popular attractions at this year's West Virginia Coal Festival.

The Living Treasures reptile exhibit is an educational booth that features large snakes and other creatures.

Reptile exhibit owner Larry Fliger of Newport, Tenn., says he loves see both children and adults getting an opportunity to see and learn about reptiles they may never see again in their lives.

"We have a Brazilian Rainbow Boa, which is a very rare snake to see in West Virginia, Fliger said. "There are not many being bred domestically right now."

The Living Treasures reptile exhibit also has a 20-foot-plus Reticulated Python snake that weighs over 200 pounds and many other eye-opening and educational attractions.

"It's an honor to be here at the West Virginia Coal Festival in Madison and help educate people about snakes, while facing their fears of these creatures," said Jym Freeman, who also works with the exhibit.

The reptile exhibit will travel to Logan County next week to be a part of the Freedom Festival, Fliger added.

Other vendors includes beautiful black and white drawings by Pat Stafford of Pariah Custom Images of Oceana. The images are about coal mining.

"I have tried color, but black and white drawings are always my best work," Stafford said.

Wednesday, June 18, festival events also featured the Miners Memorial Service, the carnival, mine equipment displays, the coal museum and train display, and a gospel music concert.

Thursday, June 19, features the carnival, mine equipment displays, coal museum and train display, recognition of vendors and music by Matt Stillwell at 7;30 p.m. and the Eagles Tribute band "7 Bridges" at 9 p.m. on the main stage on Main Street in downtown Madison.


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