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43rd Annual Mountain Heritage Arts & Crafts Festival

Come join your friends at one of the top judged festivals in America, the 43rd Annual Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival on September 28-30th, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. each day, at our NEW LOCATION, Jefferson County WV Fairgrounds. We have something for everyone to see and do at our festival. Approximately 200 quality juried artists and craftsperson’s from 24 states will be demonstrating their wonderful created work at the festival. There will be activities for the children such as: a children's tent where children can make a craft, face painting and scavenger hunt. For those that enjoy bluegrass music we have several great bands performing on Saturday and Sunday. For more information on the bands and to get the schedule, visit our website at www.MHACFestival.org. Wine and beer tastings from the areas foremost West Virginia wineries and WV craft beers. Patrons must be 21 years of age or older to taste/purchase beer and wine, so be prepared to show valid identification. Quality arts and crafts, finest West Virginia wines; live bluegrass music; activities for children; and outstanding food, all in the spacious indoor and outdoor beauty of Wild and Wonderful West Virginia approximately one-hour northwest of Washington, DC. There is no better way to spend a September weekend! General Admission is $7 at the gate or $6 in advance. Parking, arts/crafts demonstrations, wine tasting, live bluegrass music, and children's crafts, with face painting are included in the price of admission; so, bring the entire family! For further information, please call 304-725-2055. For advanced reduced tickets, visit our website www.MHACFestival.org. Watch for the Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival signs and follow them to Jefferson County WV Fairgrounds in the heart of Jefferson County near Harpers Ferry and Charles Town/Ranson.

Fall Family Farm Days Festival

The Fall Family Farm Days festival is a great way for families to welcome the changing of the seasons and create memories together. Join us for live local bluegrass, delicious food, tasty baked goods, hayrides, visit our pumpkin patch, craft vendors, and children’s activities. This year we’re also featuring a LIVE visit from Spookley the Square Pumpkin! You’ve probably seen his popular kids’ movie on the Disney Junior t.v. network. He’ll be walking around both days to greet the children between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Summersville Lake Lighthouse Festival & Car Show

Join us for the 5th Annual Summersville Lake Lighthouse Festival on Saturday, August 25th, from 10am to 6pm on the Lighthouse grounds. Cabela's is the Official Sponsor of the Event and will be on hand all afternoon teaching archery this year. Tamarack Artisans and Crafters from throughout the state will be showcasing their skills along with live Appalachian music, great food, entertainment, raffles and a Classic Car Show. Live entertainment at the Gazebo includes EmmaLea Deal 11am to 2pm, who is headlining for “Rudy Elvis” performing from 3pm to 5pm. The Humane Society and the Nicholas County Animal Shelter will have kittens and puppies available for adoption. All Lighthouse Tours will be $5 per person on the day of the Festival. New this Year will be Gotcha! Archery Games which features Archery Tag, $5 per player per game or $15 for unlimited. Don't forget to stop at the booth to sign a card for a soldier from WV Ambassadors for Adopt A US Soldier and sign up for a membership with the Air Evac Life Team who will have their 16' Air Evac Helicopter on display. Face Painting, Balloon Animals and Henna Tattoos by Paint MisBehavin' is new this year along with Woodbine Jams & Jellies and LuLaRoe. Back again by popular demand is the Almost Heaven Sunset Slush, Dickies BBQ and the Rolling Stove. The Cruise In that was held during the 2015 festival drew over 55 Classic Hot Rods and Vintage Automobiles from every era. Farthest driven was Kenny Smith's pristine 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS from Akron, Ohio. Crowd favorite was Bill Bibb's 1953 Rolls Royce Silver Dawn from Oak Hill, West Virginia. 2016 was our 1st Car Show which was a success. The Best of Show was Chris Kappler's 1937 Packard from Oak Hill and the Best Classic was Oak Hill's Bill Bibb with his 1929 Lincoln Continental. This year we are again listed on the National Street Rod Associations Calendar of Events for West Virginia. Last year we had over 130 classics and hot rods. As there are only 130 spaces available for 2018 Summersville Lake Lighthouse Festival & Car Show. Those of you planning to show your ride should not delay in contacting our office to register for this year and "Save the Date! August 25th". Summersville Lake Retreat Representatives will be picking the "Best of Show" and a Celebrity from WSAZ TV 3 will be picking the winner of the "Best Classic", Cabela's will be picking the "Best Truck" and United Bank has sponsored the "People's Choice" Trophy. We will also be having a "Kid's Choice" Trophy sponsored by Summit Racing Equipment for the first 50 kids to pick their favorite vehicle.

Summerfest

Known for the music and dancing, this year’s Summerfest features several nights of bands, free cotton candy, snow cones, face painting and jumping features to keep the young ones busy. There are dance competitions for kids and adults and a car show. The festival ends with spectacular fireworks.

Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS

The ARTS production of “Disney’s Jungle Book KIDS” will be held at the LHS Little Theatre during the 2018 WV Freedom Festival!!! This retelling of Kipling’s classic novel is only 45 minutes long and filled with lovable characters and lots of song and dance, perfect for kids of all ages. Showtimes are: Thursday, July 5th at 6pm Friday, July 6th at 2pm, 4pm, and 6pm Saturday, July 7th at 2pm, 4pm, and 6pm 🙉 Kids 14 and under get in for FREE! 🙈 “Disney’s Jungle Book KIDS” will be part of a larger event geared toward children that The ARTS will be offering during the festival. They will also have an adult Escape Room and an Escape Room for kids along with face-painting and old-fashioned carnival games on the lawn. Come get WILD with The ARTS at Freedom Festival this July!!! See you there! 🌴🐾🐒

Shepherdstown 4th of July Parade and Picnic

The historic town of Shepherdstown WV will hold its annual Independence Day parade and community picnic on Wednesday, July 4. Both events will be held rain or shine. Everyone is welcome at both events and admission will be free. The parade and picnic are organized annually by the Rotary Club of Shepherdstown. The goal is to provide wholesome, family-oriented 4th of July events that everyone can enjoy. If you're looking for an old-fashioned, small-town 4th of July celebration, this is it.  The parade will be held starting at 11:00 a.m. downtown. It will last about an hour. Entries will include veteran's groups, antique vehicles, local societies and organizations of all kinds, local businesses, government officials, children's groups, animals, historical re-enactors, fire trucks, and more. Plenty of parade parking will be available in the Shepherd University parking lot at the edge of downtown on High Street. The picnic will be held right after the parade, from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m., in the pavilion at Morgan's Gove Park on Kearneysville Pike (Route 480) just southwest of town. The picnic will feature live music, with two popular local bands. The Speakeasy Boys will play from noon to 1:30 p.m. and the Gypsy Ramblers will play from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. There will be lots of free children's activities, including a waterslide, scavenger hunt, a water balloon toss, face painting, and more. The Rotary Club will be selling hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, and non-alcoholic beverages at reasonable prices. All proceeds from those sales are used to help cover event costs. People can bring their own picnic lunches if they prefer. There is plenty of parking at the park. For more information go to the Rotary Club website at www.shepherdstownrotary.org/july_4_picnic, or go to "Shepherdstown 4th of July Parade and Picnic" on Facebook, or contact Rotarian Peter Smith at 304-876-1139 or [email protected]

Magic Island Easter Egg Hunt

Magic Island Easter Egg Hunt Your favorite Egg Hunt is back again with over 20,000 eggs! The Jungle Island Petting Zoo will be back with kangaroos and other animals for you to feed and interact with and Hoppy's Little Express Train will be giving rides thanks to Kanawha County Parks and Recreation. WQBE and Electric 102.7 will be joining in the Magic with Jams and prizes. Inflatables, face painting, and more!

Charleston SeafoodFest

Don't miss out on our FREE event, Charleston SeafoodFest on Saturday, September 30th, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. at the Capitol Market in Charleston. Come learn about the health benefits of seafood, take the Healthy Heart Pledge and get your free Omega 3 test. There will also be free food, cooking demonstrations by some of Charleston's notable chefs, children's activities and crafts, face painting, a balloon animal artist and more.

Fall Festival on the Avenue

Uptown Moundsville; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. UMAC’s 7th Annual “Fall Festival on the Avenue” will be held on historic Jefferson Ave. between 2nd and 5th Streets in Moundsville, WV from 10am – 5pm on Saturday, September 16th. The day will be filled with fun for all ages including: live entertainment, great food, handmade crafts, face painting, children’s pony rides, horse pulled wagon rides and much more. We are expecting 60+ crafters and many shops along the Avenue will extend their hours for this special event to accommodate shoppers. The event will be held rain or shine. We hope that you can join us for this festive community event on Sept. 16th in Moundsville! www.moundsvilleumac.com; our Facebook page moundsvilleumac, for more information about UMAC-Uptown Moundsville Activities Committee.

Mothman Festival

Come and join paranormal enthusiasts from all over the world at the 16th Annual Mothman Festival, as the small town of Point Pleasant, transforms into one of the largest Paranormal Conventions in the east to celebrate the Mothman Legend. Disney has Mickey and we have Mothman. He's the most popular attraction roaming around at our festival. Make sure you get in on a little selfie time during your visit. Outstanding live entertainment in the Riverfront Park, Mothman Research Center and Museum tours, Mothman movies and documentaries, TNT bus tours, paranormal crafters, vendors, authors and investigators. Mothman eyewitnesses. Saturday night TNT hayrides into Mothman country. Face painting, Zip Lines, Horse drawn wagon rides. Cosplay characters, Ghostbusters, Men In Black, Big Foot and many more characters. Family fun at a festival you have never experienced before. The World's only Mothman Festival.

Easter Carnival at the Capitol

Governor Jim Justice and First Lady Cathy Justice invite you to the annual Easter Carnival on the North Plaza of the State Capitol. There will be games, face painting, food vendors, door prizes at noon and photos with the Easter Bunny. It's free and open to the public.

Lewisburg Chocolate Festival

The Lewisburg Chocolate Festival brings together some of our favorite things in life—music, shopping, good times and chocolate! Dating back to 2006,

Penitentiary Kid’s Night

From 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., we invite children ages 1 – 6 to join us in the Moundsville Training Center (located through the North Wagon Gate) for KID’S NIGHT! This is a trick-or-treat style event, where children will spend time gathering goodies from several tables, playing games, taking pictures on a fire truck, face painting, and having FUN. Kids Ages 1-6 $5.00/child Adults are Free