Miner’s Day recognizes the roots of Black Diamond

Roots are what keep a tree grounded, keep it steady and help it to grow tall.

Roots are also history – the lessons learned from both positive and negative experiences.

One way the city of Black Diamond remembers its roots is the annual Miner’s Day celebration, which is set for Saturday. There will be an array of activities to celebrate the history of Black Diamond.

“Its not just about what’s old,” said Mira Hoke the community outreach coordinator. “Its about the future and where the town is going.”

While Black Diamond used to be rich in coal, it is still very rich in cultural history.

Black Diamond was one of the main providers in the coal industry. Black Diamond created a lifestyle around mining, even the buildings and city layout was set up to support the miners.

Miner’s Day activities begins with a 7 a.m. breakfast at the Black Diamond Bakery.

The Coal Miner’s Classic 5K run-walk begins at 9 a.m. at 25551 Lawson Ave.

Artists from will be competing in this year’s Chalk In. Artists will be making their art from 6 p.m. Friday to noon on Saturday. Pre-register to make sure you get some space to draw. Boards for chalk will be on Railroad Ave.

The Street Fair will also be along Railroad Avenue.

The fair hosts all live music, vendor and craft booths.

There will be a classic car display and a local celebrity dunk tank.

Hot air balloon rides will be taking off from 10 a.m. to noon at the Black Diamond Elementary School field.

The Black Diamond Museum will be featuring tours of the town’s historical ties to mining from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.