Adventure Advisory: Making May Memories

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Adventure Advisory: Making May Memories

The Adventure Advisory, prepared and distributed by Wild, Wonderful West Virginia (GoToWV), highlights some of the many activities happening across the Mountain State. Additional listings are posted at; click the Calendar tab. Event organizers and promoters are encouraged to submit items electronically at 

May 16: 3rd Annual Fruity 5K Run/Walk and Kid’s Fun Course, Lewisburg 
This historic downtown course is a combination of inclines that challenge you and declines that reward you. In addition, a Kids’ Fun Course will be offered free to children ages 4-10.

May 16: Central WV Board of Realtors ATV Poker Run, Spencer
304-927-4400; 304-377-3758;;; 
This poker run explores the beautiful Roane County countryside. Wine tastings at Roane County’s four wineries, moonshine tastings, skilled competitions and food tastings at Appalachian Mountain Specialty Foods will be featured along the route. Cost is $10 per rider.

May 16-23: All Together Arts Week, Downtown Princeton 
The event will include a gallery hop, healing arts, poetry readings, vendors, music, art activities, Grand Finale Parade and Day of Merriment, and fun for the entire family!

May 17: C.A. Music House Presents Music All Over, Capitol Theatre, Wheeling 
800-755-3214 ext. 329; 
Performing live for the first time in Wheeling—the C.A. House Band! Come hear some of the most talented musicians on one stage. Watch as the same band performs different styles of music on different instruments including rock, country, Christian, jazz, classical, big band and more.

May 20-24: 51st Annual Webster County Woodchopping Festival, Baker’s Island Recreation Area, Webster Springs 
Woodchoppers come from as far away as New Zealand to compete in events including the Springboard, Jack and Jill Crosscut, Axe Throw, Standing Block and Hot Saw. Additional activities include bicycle and pet parades, West Virginia State Firemen’s Rodeo Championship, 5K race, Paul Bunyan Grand Feature Parade, Bar-B-Q Cook-off and more.

May 21-23: West Virginia Three Rivers Festival, Fairmont 
The festival opens May 21 with the start of the Grande Feature Parade followed by the Opening Ceremonies at Palatine Park in Downtown Fairmont. Enjoy three days of fun-filled activities including live entertainment, a pepperoni roll bake-off and World Championship Pepperoni Roll Eating Contest, carnival, parade, fantastic food and a gigantic fireworks display.

May 22-24: Vandalia Gathering, State Capitol Grounds, Charleston 
The Vandalia Gathering brings together the finest traditional West Virginia musicians for a weekend of great picking and dance, from mountain flatfooting to Celtic dancing. Elder statesmen and young upstarts perform on stage, compete in contests and play in impromptu jam sessions throughout the Capitol Complex. Featured attractions include children’s activities, arts and crafts vendors, and American and ethnic cuisines.

May 22-24: West Virginia Dandelion Festival, Downtown White Sulphur Springs 
In a celebration and appreciation for the determination of the gutsy dandelion, the village of White Sulphur Springs will come alive with vendors, children's activities, entertainers and a special tribute to our veterans.

May 22-25: 8th Annual River City Festival of the Arts, Szilagyi Center/Old Rowlesburg High School, Rowlesburg 
Activities and attractions include jazz, opera, instrumental and choral music, art, pottery and photography exhibits, living history portrayal, patriotic dinner, poetry and theater. 

May 23-24: 16th Annual Taste of the Mountain Food, Wine and Jazz Festival, Snowshoe 
Snowshoe kicks off summer with its annual Wine and Jazz Festival and the opening of Snowshoe Bike Park. Come and satisfy your senses with savory food sampling, delectable wine tasting and the sound of jazz from West Virginia. Activities will center on a weekend of tasting seminars, West Virginia artisans and crafters, and live entertainment. 

May 23-24: Defend and Protect: Arming America’s Soldiers, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Harpers Ferry 
See this armory town come to life through historic weapons firing demonstrations and special activities which highlight the armory’s technology, inventions, and weapons.

May 23-24: “Unreconstructed Rebels,” Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park, Summersville
This Civil War commemoration recognizes the soldiers of McClausland’s Brigade who cut through Union lines at Appomattox and refused to surrender. Weekend events include company marching, firing and scrimmage drills, a period music jam session and camp life living history demonstrations. The event is hosted by Wise’s Legion; other units are welcome to attend.

May 23-24: “Whispers in the Wind,” Pricketts Fort State Park, Fairmont 
Hear the voices of those who lived and died on the frontier through a historically based performance written by Fairmont State University students under Dr. Fran Kirk’s direction. Actors from Town and Gown Theatre Company will perform this original work. Attendees will meet at the park’s Visitor Center to be guided on a walking path to the cemetery for the one-hour production. 

May 26-31: Cole Chevy Mountain Festival, Bluefield City Park, Bluefield 
This outdoor festival features fireworks, carnival rides, sporting events, food vendors, petting zoo, family entertainment and much more. 

May 28-31: Blue and Gray Reunion, Philippi 
Philippi commemorates the First Land Battle of the Civil War. Weekend activities include a kids’ day, pie contest, chorus concert and the reenactment of the June 1, 1861 battle on Sunday, May 31. 

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