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Tourism Adventure Media Advisory July 7-20

Pioneer Days: July 9-13, Marlinton
Music, games, and demonstrations highlight the event that many come “back home” to celebrate. Attractions and activities will include: craft and quilt show, food vendors, carnival, flea market, horseshoe pitching, parades, youth events, contests, demonstrations, antique car show, Saturday pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. – 11 a.m., truck and tractor pull, mud bog, live music, and lots more! For additional information, call 800-336-7009, 304-799-4452, email, or visit

Bridgeport Benedum Festival: July 10-12, Bridgeport City Park, Bridgeport 
We're putting a new spin on our festival by incorporating an Oil and Gas Expo into the event. With the option to set up booths, producers and related industries can distribute literature, exhibit displays describing procedures, and products and answer questions about the drilling and extracting process. Another new activity is a talent contest, which will include $500 in monetary prizes to be awarded. The competition is open to all middle and high school students of Harrison County. We are also bringing back some of the older games including a dunking booth with local celebrities, bean bag toss, ring toss, dart throw, and more. Additionally, we will still provide long standing staples such as the best fireworks in the area, live music, food and craft vendors, Pet Parade, 5K Run, fishing derby, chicken roast, children's activities, teen night activities, and a car show. Hours vary each day. Visit, or call 304-669-2062 for more information. 

Heston Arts and Music Festival (HAM Festival): July 11-12, Pleasant Valley 
The festival features non-stop live musical performances, as well as artists, artisans, and craftsmen showcasing and selling wares such as fine art, sculptures, folk art, pottery, jewelry, and much more. Heston Farm will be offering all of your favorite festival foods while the staff at The Foxfire will be cooking up a variety of our popular menu staples and sought after features. Tickets for the festival will be sold at the gate for $10/person per day. Ages 12 and under are admitted free. Hours on July 11 are from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. and on July 12 from noon – 11 p.m. For additional information, visit or call 304-366-9463. 

19th Annual John Henry Days: July 11-13, Talcott 
John Henry Days is an annual 3-day festival held on the second weekend of July. The festival starts on Friday night with a concert at the stage near the Great Bend Tunnel and ends on Sunday with the Rubber Duck Race at the Talcott Bridge overlooking the Greenbrier River. On Saturday, there will be an out-and-back four mile road race (8 a.m.) and a one mile fun walk (8:05 a.m.) beginning at Talcott Public Access, meandering along the scenic Greenbrier River to the historic Keller Presbyterian Church. Registration cost for the run is $15 and $5 for the walk. Additional attractions and activities include: WV craft and food vendors, Grand Parade (Saturday at 11 a.m.), inner tube race, splash and dash for cash, car show (Sunday at 12 noon), children’s activities, talent show, live musical performances, fireworks and much more. Friday and Saturday night concerts are free. For additional information, call 304-466-3745, email or visit

Trans-Allegheny Asylum Music Tours: July 11-13, Weston 
Are you seeking Asylum from mundane music tours? Then come inside! We’ll grant you a full day of country, rock and bluegrass (reserved seats). The Music Fest Stage is crazy with musicians, lawn games, food, craft vendors, historic hospital tours, laughter and high-spirited fun! For more information and a crazy good time, call 304-485-8687, 888-393-8687, or visit

Bloomin’ Bash at Hillbilly Daylilies: July 12, Bunker Hill 
Join us at Hillbilly Daylilies in Bunker Hill for a fun-filled day of activities including: bluegrass music, food, vendors, farm animal exhibit, kid’s garden projects, display of antique tractors and steam engines, and thousands of beautiful daylilies in bloom! Admission is $10/adults, $5/children ages 6-12 and free to children age 5 and under. Hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Visit, call 304-229-6698 or email for more information. 

Point Pleasant River Museum Car/Bike Show: July 12, Point Pleasant 
The show takes place on Main Street next to the River Museum. Registration is from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. with the show taking place from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. Entry fee for show participant is $10. Trophies will be presented in three classes: 1984 and older vehicles, 1985 and newer vehicles, and motorcycle and motor bikes. Additional attractions and activities include a 50/50 drawing, raffle, music and awards. The Captain’s Creamery will be open for a large variety of food, ice-cream and drinks. Admission fee to the River Museum is $5 per adult and $2 per child. For additional information, call 304-674-0144 or visit

Slavery, the Abolitionist Movement and Reflections of Jefferson: July 12, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Harpers Ferry 
Watch an insightful dramatic presentation on the issue of slavery featuring Bill Barker as Thomas Jefferson. Presentation times are at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Call 304-535-6298, 304-535-6019, or visit for more information. 

29th Annual Scenic Mountain Triathlon: July 13, Richwood 
This race is held entirely within the Monongahela National Forest making it one of America’s most beautiful triathlons. The race begins at 10 a.m. at Summit Lake (located east of Richwood) with a .5 mile swim, followed by a 17.1 mile bicycle leg on the National Scenic Byway (Rt. 39/55) and over challenging 9% grade Kennison Mountain, and concluding with a 6.2 mile run at the Cranberry Nature Center. Divisions are broken down by gender and 5-year age intervals. Prizes and trophies will be awarded for the top three places in all age categories. Other activities include a pasta dinner on Saturday in Richwood and a post-race cookout at the finish line at the Nature Center on Sunday. Each athlete eats for free at the pasta dinner and the cookout. This is a spectator-friendly race with lots of food and fun for everyone. Must have photo ID with you day of race for registration. Contact the Richwood Chamber of Commerce at 304-846-6790 or visit for additional information. 

West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition: July 15-19, Mineral Wells 
Events and activities include: 4-H exhibits, various contests, professional entertainment, track events, livestock exhibits, carnival, art show, flower show, concessions, and much more. Hours are from noon – 11 p.m. daily Tuesday – Friday and 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. on Saturday. For additional information, visit or call 304-489-1301. 

The Aracoma Story: select dates from July 15-27, Liz Spurlock Amphitheatre at Chief Logan State Park, Logan 
Based on historical facts and local legend, the drama unfolds as a wise old mountain man weaves the tragic tale of Aracoma, daughter of Shawnee Chief Cornstalk, and her ill-fated love for Boling Baker, a British soldier captured by her father. The story asserts that Princess Aracoma and Boling Baker moved into this valley sometime close to the year 1760 and lived in peace on the island (today's City of Logan) until 1780. It is an eternal touching story of love and a dramatic account of the cultural fight for survival in a rapidly changing world. Audiences will experience love, laughter, family, tradition, gun fights, raids and living history.  There's something for everyone in this show! Performances begin at 8:30 p.m. Advance Tickets are available at a discounted price. Phone orders are taken Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. by calling our office at 304-752-0253.  For dates, prices or general information, visit

Pre-1840 Rendezvous Encampment and Shriver Gray Civil War Encampment: July 16-20, Tomlinson Run State Park, New Manchester 
The Rendezvous Encampment will setup from July 16-18 at the Mineral Spring Picnic Area. For encampment information, call 304-564-5497. The Shriver Gray Civil War Encampment will set up on July 18 at the swimming pool area. They will have reenactments on July 19 and 20.  For additional information, call Tomlinson Run at 304-564-3651. 

6th Annual Riverside Blues Festival and Riverside Blues Train: July 18-19, Elkins 
Come on over the mountains, kick off your shoes and let’s celebrate! On June 18, Riverside Blues Train will depart Elkins at 11 a.m. Enjoy live music on board en-route to the High Falls of Cheat with special performances by Shirley King, daughter of B. B. King, and Lawrence T, of Detroit. Back at the Depot, it’s a Mardi Gras with Blues on the balcony of the Rail Yard Restaurant from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Featuring the Shirley King Band and Max-A-Million, international Gold/Platinum recording artist from Chicago. On July 19, the Riverside Blues Fest takes place in front of the Riverside School on River Street in Elkins. Performances will include music by the daughters of B.B. King, Claudette King-Robinson “the Bluz Queen” and Shirley King “Daughter of the Blues”, plus Max-A-Million, Lady D, Laurence T., Moondog Medicine Show, Pett Crow, The Blues Babies, and more! Additionally, there will be food and drink including Soul Food and a fish fry, artisans and heritage! Visit  or call 877-686-7245 to make reservations for the train. Festival hours are 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. Admission price is $10 for the festival. Visit or call 304-590-1057 for more information. 

6th Annual Sutton Dam 5K Race and 2nd Annual Elk River Canoe and Kayak Float: July 19, Sutton 
The 6th Annual Sutton Dam 5K Walk/Run begins with registration at 7 a.m. and the race starting at 8 a.m. The course begins under the backdrop of the Sutton Dam at the Downstream Recreation Area with a strenuous climb uphill to the top of the dam and across it. The course then takes runners on a trip through the woods, down to the Elk River, over brick paved streets, past beautiful historic buildings and returning to the Downstream Recreation Area for the finish. Following the race, join us for the 2nd Annual Elk River Canoe and Kayak. The float will begin at 1 p.m. at the Sutton Dam and end at the Gassaway Dairy Queen. The trip is about 5 miles long and will take between 2-3 hours to complete. Participants in the float will receive a coupon for a FREE Mini Blizzard from the Gassaway Dairy Queen. The float trip is free and open to all. For registration and additional information about this event, visit, email, or call 304-765-6533. 

Cowen Historical Railroad Festival: July 19-27, Cowen 
The annual festival is held the last full week of July at various locations in Cowen. Activities and attractions include: pageants, live entertainment, pig roast, various contests for children and adults, and much more. The craft show, grand feature parade, car show, 5K run and other main events will be on Saturday, July 26. The train show is from July 25-27. For more information, call Tabitha or Brad Williams at 304-226-5682.

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   


June 27, 2014
CONTACT: Jacqueline Proctor