The Rocket Boys Festival (RBF) is again being planned to be held in Beckley, West Virginia after moving to Raleigh County from McDowell County in 2012. The home of the RBF will be the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine at New River Park and Tamarack in Beckley, West Virginia. After hosting the event for the past 13 years, the Festival Committee in Coalwood, WV decided it was no longer viable to continue the festival there and in 2012 the festival was moved to Beckley. The 2016 Festival will feature the Rocket Boys plus other special guests to be added to the the schedule later in 2016. As in the past, festival goers will have a chance to meet the Rocket Boys, enjoy music by area performers, and shop craft and food vendors. One of the featured highlights will be a Rocket Launch from New River Park's LaunchPad Beckley. Additionally, the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine will be open to the festival vistors who wish to travel underground to get a first hand look at how coal was mined.
Rocket Boys Festival Royality
Left to Right: Billy Rose, Jim ODell Carroll, Roy Lee Cooke, and Homer Hickam at Tamarack October 4, 2012 / During the first Rocket Boys Festival held in Beckley, West Virginia