Jackson County Junior Fair: July 21-26, Cottageville
Located at the Fairgrounds near Cottageville, the Jackson County Junior Fair is one of West Virginia's largest and well attended county fairs. Make your plans today and enjoy entertainment for the whole family -- featuring farm fresh produce, outstanding food, carnival rides, ATV races, truck and tractor pulls, horse shows, live entertainment and much more! The entertainment lineup includes the 8th Annual Jackson County Idol Karaoke Contest, Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, Dan + Shay, Diamond Rio, Guy Penrod, Austin Webb, and Jamie Lynn Spears. The fairgrounds provide plenty of parking and camping is also available. Visit jcjf.net or call 304-372-5066 for additional information.
Wild and Wonderful MountainFest Motorcycle Rally: July 23-27, Morgantown
This four-day event shares the magic of West Virginia with bikers everywhere. Live musical entertainment includes Big and Rich with Cowboy Troy, Ted Nugent, Jackyl and Jesse James Dupree, Chris Janson and Geneva. Additional activities and attractions include stunt shows, food, motorcycle vendors, vintage car show, poker run and much more! Visit wvmountainfest.com or call 304-284-8244 for more information.
Bramwell Theatre Festival presents “Smoke on the Mountain”: July 24-27, July 31, and Aug. 1-3, Bramwell
“Smoke on the Mountain” is a musical comedy that takes place during the Great Depression and is set at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Mount Pleasant’s principal industries are farming and pickle production, and Saturday night sings have become the much-needed and highly appreciated entertainment of the time. The play presents a Saturday Night Gospel Sing featuring the Sanders Family in their first night back on the gospel circuit in five years. It uses a cast of seven with the audience being the congregation. Show times are 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and with a Sunday matinee at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person and reservations are strongly recommended. For additional information or reservations, visit visitbramwell.com/smoke_on_the_mountain.html or call the Bramwell Theatre at 304-589-0246 or 304-248-8145.
All Brand Motorcycle Event: July 24-27, McKee Sky Ranch, Terra Alta
McKee’s Sky Ranch and Moto Promo LLC, presents an All Brand Motorcycle Event. This is a family friendly event where you can make new friends and visit with old motorcycle heroes. Activities include a Dual Sport Ride, Road Rally Ride, AHRMA (American Historic Racing Motorcycles Association) Vintage Cross Country, AHRMA Vintage Moto Cross, AHRMA Post Vintage Moto Cross, Vintage Motorcycle Display, and swap meet. West Virginia Motorcycle Safety Program will host a field meet on July 25 and is also the host for the Road Rally the same day. Hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is $10 each day or $30 for all four days. Visit mckeesskyranch.com or call 304-789-2810 for more information.
32nd Annual Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival: July 25-27, Wheeling
The Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival celebrates Italian-American traditions and culture with a renowned outdoor celebration at Wheeling’s Heritage Port. The festival has more to offer than just free entertainment, great food, cold beer, delicious wine, and good fellowship. Throughout the festival grounds, you can find many fine arts and crafts booths, 50/50 raffle, and numerous games of skill and chance to keep everyone in your party entertained the whole weekend! The Fun Zone at the South end of the Festival, located near WesBanco Arena, offers many thrilling amusement rides, kiddie games and much more! Plan to bring the kids for fun, safe family entertainment. For the schedule and additional information, visit italyfest.com/ or call 304-233-1090. Benvenuto!
10th Annual West Virginia Hot Dog Festival: July 26, Pullman Square and 3rd Ave., Huntington
It’s national hot dog month and a great way to celebrate this unique and delicious aspect of our region is by attending the annual WV Hot Dog Festival (always held the last Saturday in July each year)! Enjoy contests and competitions including the annual 10K and 5K Bun Run and Walk, annual Buns on Bikes bicycle tour of Huntington, wiener dog races, hot dog eating and root beer chugging contests, and much more. Additionally, there will be live music and entertainment all day, displays, prizes, demonstrations, crafts, shopping, car and truck shows, and sample all of the delicious hot dogs (as much as you can eat) in one location for an entire day. For more information, visit wvhotdogfestival.com or call 304-525-7788.
Kevin’s Lazy River Adventure: July 26, Racine
Kevin’s Lazy River Adventure is a 10.5 mile community float trip on the Big Coal River in Boone County. Boats will put in at John Slack Park in Racine and take out at Dartmont Park in Ashford. The Big Coal River Branch of the Coal River Group will have their annual free West Virginia Picnic at the end of the float at Darmont Park. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact Teresa Perdue 304-836-5948 or Mary Browning 304-837-3702 for any questions. Visit coalrivergroup.com for additional information.
94th Annual Tri-County Fair: July 26 – Aug. 2, Petersburg
What started in 1920 as a 4-H/open class exhibit at the old courthouse in Petersburg has evolved into an annual exhibit of agriculture, horticultural, floriculture, livestock, home economics and art. These exhibits plus nonprofit organizations, commercial exhibitors and vendors, coupled with a variety of entertainment, events, and a varied midway makes the fair one of the finest county fairs in the state of West Virginia. Hours vary daily. Visit tri-countyfair.com or call 304-538-2278.
Cherry River Festival: July 27 – Aug. 2, Richwood
This weeklong celebration features music shows every night and ends with a craft show, antique car show and Grand Parade on Saturday. Additional activities and attractions include: pageants, Fireman’s Parade, an appearance by Smokey Bear, 5K walk/run, 10K run, military display, talent show, carnival rides, magician/illusionist, cherry pie contest, battery powered motor races, remote controlled vehicle races, book signing, antique car parade, food vendors, Friday night fireworks, and much more! For additional information, call 304-846-6790 or visit richwoodchamberofcommerce.org or cherryriverfestival.org.
Belle of Cincinnati Dinner Cruise: July 28, Point Pleasant
Point Pleasant River Museum is bringing back an evening to remember, reminiscent of the days of the excursion boat Avalon. As the Belle of Cincinnati travels on the beautiful Ohio River, there will be entertainment, a buffet-style meal and dancing. The cruise is 2 1/2 hours long, boarding at 6 p.m. and departing at 7 p.m. A photographer will be available for pictures. The boat is handicapped-accessible. Tickets are $50 for adults and $25 for children ages 4-12. For more information, call 304-674-0144, email email@example.com or visit pprivermuseum.com.
Wings of Wonder—Birds of Prey: July 29, Cacapon Resort State Park, Berkeley Springs
What bird says, “Who cooks for me, who cooks for you?” Come to this Birds of Prey Education Program featuring live birds native to West Virginia to learn about owls, hawks and eagles and their habitat, diet, behavior, most common causes of injury, and the laws protecting these special birds. This free event begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Cacapon Lodge Conference Center. Visit cacaponresort.com or call 304-258-1022 for additional information.
11th Annual Pickin’ in Parsons: July 30 – Aug. 2
Come and celebrate Bluegrass and Hillbilly music at the 11th Annual Pickin’ in Parsons Bluegrass Festival. Some of the don’t-miss acts include: Don Rigsby and Midnight Call, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Hillbilly Gypsies, Dailey and Vincent, Little Roy and Lizzy Show, Flatt Lonesome, Nothin’ Fancy, The Grascals and many more! Performance times are daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Schedule of acts is subject to change. This is a sheltered, outdoor event with festival seating, food and craft vendors, hot showers and modern restrooms. For a complete list of performers or to purchase tickets, visit fiverivercampground.com or call 304-478-3515. For lodging information, call 800-782-2775.
Appalachian String Band Music Festival: July 30 – Aug. 3, Camp Washington Carver, Clifftop
Known as Clifftop, this is a five-day mountaintop gathering of musicians and friends with contests, concerts, workshops, traditional dancing, camping and a Sunday morning gospel sing. Traditional music masters and new musicians perform to an audience of more than 3,000 musicians and string band music lovers from around the world. Over the history of this festival, more than 20 foreign countries and 48 of the 50 states have been represented, with many returning year after year to this much-loved festival. For additional information, call 304-438-3005 or visit wvculture.org/stringband/index.html.
Critter Dinner: Aug. 2, Fort Randolph, Point Pleasant
On the frontier there were no stores as today to go out and pick up meat for dinner. Whatever could be shot, trapped, or caught on a hook was brought back to the house or fort and cooked up. Our kitchen crew will be cooking all the “critters” that are brought into the fort for dinner. We invite anyone who is brave enough to test the fare! There will be an entrance fee of $2 at the gate to help cover the cost of preparing the meal. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 304-675-7933, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit fortrandolph.org.
Captain Thurmond New River Gorge Challenge: Aug 2-3, Fayetteville and Thurmond
Formerly known as Captain Thurmond’s Challenge, Captain Thurmond New River Gorge Challenge begins with a rugged 28 miles that consists of a 15-mile mountain bike ride, 7-mile paddle and 6.5-mile run in the New River Gorge. The second day of the weekend will consist of the Thurmond Triathlon, a beginner-friendly race of a 2-mile bike, 1.5 mile paddle, and 2-mile run. Anyone pre-registering will be provided a duckie to use for the 1.5 mile paddle on the mild section of the New River. Registration forms can be obtained by emailing email@example.com or by stopping by the New River Gorge Convention and Visitors Bureau on Oyler Avenue in Fayetteville. Call 800-927-0263, 304-465-5617 or visit NewRiverGorgeCVB.com for more information.
The West Virginia Division of Tourism produces this media advisory with the help of other agencies and tourism businesses across the Mountain State. If you would like additional information about coming events in the Mountain State or if you are an event organizer or promoter and would like to have your event considered for inclusion in the Adventure Advisory, please contact Jacqueline Proctor at Jacqueline.A.Proctor@wv.gov.
July 9, 2014
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CONTACT: Jacqueline Proctor