89th Annual
Putnam County

September 8-9, 2018

Putnam County Homecoming PaddleFest

Saturday, September 8th

8 am – 9:30 am: Wake Up n’ SUP with AppBoCo - Take an “Intro to SUP”: Stand Up Paddleboard Lesson - or - Tour the Lush Riverbanks at Your Leisure. Regular Price: $45 per Person per Hour, however…Putnam Co. Paddlefest #SUPdeal: *ONLY* $35 per Person per Hour +PLUS+ an extra Half Hour FREE!!! ***Lessons led by ACA State Director Evan Young*** 10 am – 12 noon: SUP Rentals For the 1st time in Winfield, we’re offering hourly rental rates exclusively for Putnam Co. PaddleFest! 1 Hour SUP Rental: $15 / 2 Hour SUP Rental: $25. Cost Includes ALL Gear: SUP, Paddle, PFD & Leash * 

First ever Paddle Race between all the Putnam Co. Schools, Alumni, & any Adults too!

Race Registration 10:30 am to 12:30 pm: 12:30 pm: Safety Talk / Racer Meeting Sprint Race: Up Around the Buoy & Back! (½ Mile) This is a Straight-Line Race, Split into separate heats per School, with the Top 3 Finishers in each paddle-craft advancing to a final heat. (Ex.) The Top 3 SUPs, 3 Kayaks & 3 Canoes = 9 paddle-craft TOTAL advancing to the Final Heat to race the other school’s Top 9. The Final Heat will mix together the Top 9 Paddle-Crafts from each school for an exciting test of what paddler & watercraft is the fastest in Putnam County! >> Followed by an Alumni / Adult Paddle Race! *The Final Heat will be preceded by a consolation heat for ALL participants that don’t finish Top 3*

Schedule of Heats (Cost to Race $20)

1:00 pm: Winfield 

1:30 pm: Poca 

2:00 pm: Buffalo 

2:30 pm: Hurricane 

3 pm: Calvary Baptist 

3:30 pm: Teays Valley Christian 

4:00 pm: Consolation Heat - for ALL participants that don’t finish Top 3 in their respective paddle-craft* 

4:30 pm: Final Heat – “Paddle Royale” for Top 9 Paddle-craft from All 6 Schools in Putnam County. 

5:00 pm: Alumni/Adult Race – wear your school colors to race, wherever you’re from! Open to ALL 18+ 

5:30 pm: (If Necessary) Youth Race for All participants under Age 18 & NOT from Putnam Co. Schools. 

6:00 pm:  Race AWARDS – Presented on Main Stage (If Possible)

Grand Prize

Appalachian Boarding Company will host a FREE SUP DAY for the WINNING SCHOOL!*  6:45 pm – 7:45 pm: Sunset Discovery Paddle ($29) Let the worries of the world wash away…as you watch the sun settle down behind the Winfield Bridge from the water! Once we exit the water, we’ll migrate back to the main stage to listen to Landau & chill.

Additional Race Details:

PFD (Life Jacket) Required to Race (MUST BE WORN & FASTENED - NO EXCEPTIONS) Race is BYOB (boat). Registered Racers can Rent a SUP or Kayak from AppBoCo for only $10! Appalachian Boarding Company can supply up to 18 Stand Up Paddleboards, therefore equipping each separate school’s heat with 18 max & therefore all 6 schools will have 3 SUP’s each for the Final Heat. AppBoCo will host a Stand Up Paddleboard session for each school in the weeks approaching the PaddleFest. Here students will have the chance to take lessons, practice racing & pre-register to race. Proceeds from the Putnam County Paddlefest will go toward #P4PWV. (Paddle For Prevention West Virginia) AppBoCo Owners, Evan & Brooke Young, are also the State Directors of the American Canoe Association in WV, with a stance on stewardship that transcends our riverbanks & into our communities where the cleanup is needed most. The mission is to leverage paddle sports as a tool, & our rivers as a resource to help “Shift the Addiction in WV” away from recreational drug use, & toward outdoor recreation for the sake of a healthier future in all of West Virginia. In Spring of 2018, Evan & Brooke hosted the 1st Official “Paddle 4 Prevention Week in WV” during SAMHSA National Prevention Week.  Lay of the Land: Paddling participants will access the river at the Winfield Community Center boat ramp. The buoys for the Races will be arranged so that spectators can gather in front of the Gazebo on the Riverbank at the opposite end of the Street from the Main Stage. This will be the best viewing area for the start & finish of the race. Paddlers will go up-river first, around a buoy, & return to ‘finish-line buoy’.

Putnam Has Talent

Steven Jones

1st Place

Tyler McGough

2nd Place

Yesinia Silva

3rd Place

Homecoming food drive award

Winfield High School

Over 7,000 items were collected this year to help our county food banks. Winfield collected the most and earned the Homecoming Food Drive Award

Homecoming Awards

Genevieve Hatfield

The oldest attending this years Homecoming 93 years young

Christen Long

The youngest attending this years Homecoming 4 1/2 months.

Danielle Mullins

Traveled the longest distance to attend this years Homecoming.

About Us

One of the oldest festivals in the state

The Putnam County Homecoming is an annual event held in Putnam County West Virginia. It has been a county festival since 1929 making it one of the oldest celebrated here in the county.  The homecoming main festivals are always held on the second Sunday of September. It is believed that it only rains every 75 years on this date; anyway that is what we have been told. Whoever came up with that piece of information must have had some inside track on the weather.  The event is special because of the down home family atmosphere, it is a place families reunite with old friends and neighbors visit with neighbors and meet new friends. It is an event that shut down the main road and we watch our children, neighbors and friends march in the Grand Parade.

Miss Putnam County 2017 is Elizabeth Bell

Elizabeth is from Buffalo High School. She lives in Red House with her parents, Ed and Angie Bell and sister, Lucy. Elizabeth is not just another pretty face she is  conscientious student, taking college level courses whenever she can and maintaining a 4.0 GPA. 

Great Food and Entertainment

We select only the best food vendors from the area. The entertainment is always top notch as we always present some of the best talent here in Putnam County.


Contact Us

Drop us a line!

Putnam County Homecoming

We love to here from our many visitors and neigbors, so feel free to visit and say hi at this years Homecoming.

Putnam County Homecoming

Main St, Winfield, West Virginia 25213, United States

304-586-2122 or 304-389-9724


Saturday 9:00am to 10:00pm

Sunday: 9:00am to 5:00pm