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Rocket Boys October Sky Festival

September 26, 2019 - September 28, 2019

This annual festival in it’s 2oth year will be held in Beckley for the eighth consecutive year. Held in past years in Coalwood, WV (where Homer Hickam and the Rocket Boys grew up)  the event will be staged at the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine/New River Park.


Thursday, Sept 26

7 p.m. Morgan Spurlock will be at Tamarack’s HC Smith Theater for a screening of his newest film “Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken”. A special question and answer session will occur after the film. Tickets are $15.

Friday, Sept. 27

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Rocket Boys at the Exhibition Coal Mine. This a free event.

3:30-5 p.m. Storytelling workshop with Homer Hickam at Tamarack’s HC Smith Theater. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students and teachers.

7 p.m. The Mini Musical “Homer, Elsie and Sonny” starring Homer Hickam, Rhayne Thomas and Carl Traman with special guest Jon Wikstrom. Organizers are calling it a “once in a lifetime” experience. Tickets are $35.

8:30 p.m. Follow up question and answer session with Homer and cast

 Saturday, Sept. 28

7:45-8:45 a.m. Race Registration for Beckley Rocket Run 5K and 10K 8 a.m. Rocket Boys Festival gates open at Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine. There will be educational displays, food, crafts and specialty vendors 9 a.m. Opening Ceremonies and race events begin (all races start and end in front of Exhibition Coal Mine Rahall Company Store) 9:10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Writer’s Row opens with Meet and Greet with Homer Hickam 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

First Community Bank LaunchPad Opens

12-1 p.m. Middle School Essay Contest

1:30-5 p.m. Fourth annual Rocket Launch Contest

2:30-3:30 p.m. High School Essay contest


September 26, 2019
September 28, 2019


The Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine
513 Ewart Avenue, Beckley, WV 25801, USA