RIPLEY - “America’s most exciting show band” is returning to Ripley with the assistance of the Community Foundation of Jackson County’s Bob & Helen Lester Fund.

Working with the Ripley Fourth of July Committee, the Ripley Convention & Visitors Bureau provides free entertainment for the 2017 celebration in the form of a concert by Rick K & The Allnighters and a fireworks display. 

The Foundation was pleased to present the Ripley CVB with a check to help with these expenses. The Lesters were long-time owners of a Ripley pharmacy.

“The Ripley 4th of July Celebration is the oldest and largest in West Virginia,” said CVB Director Mike Ruben. There is a need to provide quality, free, family entertainment to the residents of the community and visitors alike.” 

The committee’s objective is to continue the tradition of hosting America’s Largest Small Town Independence Day Celebration. This is accomplished through donations from area businesses, the City of Ripley, the Ripley CVB, and this grant. Rick K & The Allnighters, a popular show band, will have a free July 1 concert. The celebration is capped by a large fireworks display for all to enjoy.

If you or your business would like to contribute to this year’s July 4th Celebration or would like more information about this year’s, please contact Ruben at the Ripley Convention & Visitors Bureau at 304-514-2609 or 

Questions regarding the Bob & Helen Lester Community Fund or any of the community foundation funds may be directed to Christy Crowell at the Community Foundation of Jackson County at 304-372-4500 or through email to