Mountain State Forest Festival
This eight-day event is held at the end of September
and for the first days of October in Elkins. A variety of shows,
exhibitions, and competitions are presented, many of them related
to the forest theme. Competitions are held in such traditional
skills as log stacking, muzzle loading, archery, spear throwing
(atlatl), horseshoe pitching, and various logging skills for the
title of champion lumberjack. Several traditional crafts exhibits
are displayed, including a juried arts and crafts show. The
Governor of West Virginia officiates at the coronation of Queen
Silvia and her court. The two-hour Grand Feature Parade, covering
over two miles, includes nearly 20 bands, floats, and special
units. The first festival was held in 1930.
Originally submitted by: Robert E. Wise, Jr., Representative (2nd District).
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