Rocket Boys make a landing in Southern West Virginia this weekend

BECKLEY, WV (WOAY)- Does the name Homer Hickam and the Rocket Boys ring a bell? if so, then plan to head out to the Rocket Boys Festival this weekend!


Beginning today, the Rocket Boys festival will kick off with activities.


American author, Vietnam veteran, and a former NASA engineer: Homer Hickam will be at the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine to meet with fans beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday.


The festival will include a race, Educational Displays and Specialty Vendors.


A full list can be found below:

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Paradise Park From Screen to Stage… with Larry Groce and Danny Boyd at Black Knight Country Club. For Tickets Click Here

Friday, September 21, 2018
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM High School Outreach Program with Homer Hickam and Roy Lee Cooke at Woodrow Wilson High School
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Rocket Boys Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine Beckley 5:00 PM
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM Writer’s Workshop with Homer Hickam at Black Knight Country Club in Beckley. For Tickets Click Here.
* Meet this year’s VIP/Guest Of Honor, direct from Broadway and TV’s “Saved By The Bell”, Rocket Boys The Musical co-creator Carl Anthony Tramon!
6:00 PM Dinner and a Movie with Homer Hickam and the Rocket Boy Roy Lee Cooke, Historic Black Knight Country Club. For Tickets Click Here.
7:00 PM Screening of October Sky with question and answer from the Rocket Boys.
Carl will be part of the “From Book To Screen To Stage” dinner and movie event Friday night starting at 6 pm at Historic Black Knight Country Club, along with author Homer Hickam, who also served as a creative consultant on the film version of his book.
9:00 PM Follow up questions for the Rocket Boys.
The Thursday and Friday evening Rocket Boys Festival events at the former Black Knight Country Club location on Kanawha Street in Beckley are casual dress. Come as you are, jeans are welcome, and enjoy Dinner and a Movie Thursday with Daniel Boyd and Larry Groce, the creators of Paradise Park The Musical for a “Screen To Stage” event and Dinner and a Movie Friday with author Homer Hickam, Rocket Boy Roy Lee Cooke and Broadway star and “Rocket Boys The Musical” co-creator Carl Anthony Tramon. Tickets are on sale now.

SATURDAY, September 22, 2018
8:00AM – 5:00PM Festival
8:00 AM Rocket Boys Festival Gates Open Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine (BECM)
8:00AM – 9:30AM Race Registration
* Meet Carl Anthony Tramon as he will kick off the opening ceremony at 9 am by performing our National Anthem, and also signing autographs and joining in the rocket launches!
* Meet “Mrs. Gilligan”, Dreama Denver, who will be signing her memoir “Gilligan’s Dreams” with a foreword by Homer Hickam, and her late husband Bob Denver’s autobiography “Gilligan, Maynard and Me” alongside Homer on “Writer’s Row”!
* Meet Danny Boyd, creator of both the film “Paradise Park” and “Paradise Park, The Musical” and musical cast member Eliska Hahn, who also starred in Boyd’s movie “Strangest Dreams-Invasion of the Space Preachers”
Beckley Rocket Run 5K & 10K
ActiveSWV Kids Rocket Fun Run 1 Mile for Ages 5-12 / $10 per child

8:00 AM Educational Displays, Food, Crafts, and Specialty Vendors Open – Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia Planetarium – Tours Begin into Beckley Exhibition Mine – BECM (Special Discounts on Tours All Day)
9:00 AM Opening Ceremonies Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine Rahall Building
9:10 AM – 1:00 PM “Writer’s Row” opens for “Meet and Greet” WIth Homer Hickam at the Rahall Building
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM First Community Bank LaunchPad Opens – Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine for Registration. To Reserve Your Rocket for the Rocket Contest Click Here Call 304-992-9085. Each Rocket 25.00 Launch with the Rocket Boys.
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Middle School Essay Contest Judging in Pemberton Coal Camp Church located in the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine
1:30 PM – 5:00 PM Fourth Annual Rocket Launch Contest, First Community Bank Launch Pad.
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM High School Essay Contest Judging in Pemberton Coal Camp Church located in the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine

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