Even though the John Henry Days festival was sadly canceled this year due to pandemic concerns, there is some good news. One of the events that have become synonymous with John Henry Days is the annual car show. The committee recently announced that the car show will take place this July.
The John Henry Days Car Show 2021 will take place on Sunday, July 11. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and last until 2:30 p.m. when judging will begin. The fee to register is $15. Once judging has completed, trophies will be awarded at 3 p.m. The grand prize is $250. There are also Top 40 and Specialty trophies to be awarded.
With the festival being completely absent in 2020, like most events, it is refreshing for some things to be returning in 2021. Hopefully, the small town of Talcott will see a return of the entire festival in 2022.
The story of John Henry is one that is incredibly important to the residents of Talcott, West Virginia. It tells of a strong man who was willing to take on a machine to prove a human could do more. Not only did he challenge the machine, according to legend, he also beat it in a steel-driving race, an incredible feat.
In addition to preparing for the car show, the John Henry Days Committee will hold their regular meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 17 at the John Henry Museum in Talcott.
A staple in the small community, the museum is open to the public most weekends displaying historical items relating to the railroad and the story of John Henry, The Steel Driving Man.
For more information on the John Henry Days Car Show or the committee meeting, reach out via the official John Henry Days Facebook page. Information about when the museum is closed is also available on the Facebook page.