Huntingtonians, Visitors Express Diversity in City

by Tony Rutherford HuntingtonNews.Net Reporter
Huntingtonians, Visitors Express Diversity in City

A sunny Saturday brought out thousands expressing their diverse interests in Huntington. Whether watching or participating, the area had many opportunities. For instance, the McDonald's 5K  run sent bikers racing downtown as thousands packed the Big Sandy Superstore Arena for the Tricon Comic Convention, and later the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center boosted the arts with a dance recital.

No one could say Saturday, "there is nothing to do" in Huntington. Saturday morning in Ritter  Park hundreds participated in the Mission M-Possible 5 K run/walk, Veterans gathered for a picnic in Harris Riverfront Park, and, in Barboursville, the WV Soccer Association Open Cup competition got underway.

The diversity of arts, comic fans, and sports complimented bringing spin off economic benefits to business, whether visitors staying at motels, filling restaurants, or stopping by a convenience store to pick up an item.

Huntingtonians, Visitors Express Diversity in City

Working together brought opportunity to refresh and recreate, as volunteers behind the scenes helped stamp events in the column of success.

Ironically, during one of the forums at the Tricom convention, inspiration to be yourself flowed. Artists told of the limitations of working for the big two --- Marvel and DC --- by having creative freedoms restricted. To gain greater freedom to "express" and "create," many independent comic publishers have developed. The internet allows anyone with a pen, pencil and scanner to place their work on display. 

Huntingtonians, Visitors Express Diversity in City

Success by diversification could be found at the convention. Todd Frazier, Huntington artist, showed his work, as he has often done at the downtown Art Walk. Frazier also performs in a band and works a "day" job. He's overcome previous low times by successfully beating addiction. He's out inspiring others to reach for their dreams.

Huntingtonians, Visitors Express Diversity in City

Fan boys and girls of all ages took part in the costume contest, where the entries ranged from a "little" Riddler to a tentacle wearing "Freddy," a Spiderman/Gwen Stacey couple, and Pokeman.

One of a kind original artistic items were auctioned for benefit of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, which saw spirited bidding throughout.

Coming on June 21 to Ritter Park, the annual Natsu no Tsubasacon picnic and on Sunday June 22 the TSU Region Pokeman Tournament.


 

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