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TOOT – Taste Of Our Towns

Since 1984, the second Saturday in October has been reserved for the Taste of Our Towns festival or TOOT. Held

Oak Leaf Festival

Enjoy the celebration of fall with vendors, crafts, quilts, live bands, and pageantry, and more!

Rock Painting Workshop

Learn about the rock-painting trend. Paint rocks to keep or to drop in your community, spread inspiration, and see where

Alderson Strawberry Festival

Come out and have a great time at Alderson Strawberry Festival! Fun for the whole family with bands, shopping, music, food, and kids activities!

Container Water Gardening

Join us in celebrating the many wonders of our world’s rainforests by creating a tiny, thriving ecosystem! Led by WVBG Outdoor Educator Stacy Clovis-Woofter, this make-and-take garden project will focus on how soil layers, plant choice, water and light requirements are all connected as well as offer young scientists lessons on nature’s water cycle. Open to children ages 4 and older with an accompanying adult. $15 for WVBG members; $20 for non-members. * Please register by August 20. * All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Road, Morgantown, WV 26508 unless otherwise noted. * Free walks and presentations last approximately 1.5 hours. Donations are appreciated and can be made at the Lower Parking Lot Kiosk at any time. * Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities.

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.

Good Earth Art for Kids

Calling all nature-loving artists and crafters! Join us to celebrate and honor the Earth by creating with natural materials discovered at summer’s end. Led by WVBG Educator Stacy Clovis-Woofter, we’ll enjoy the playful process of creating, learning more about other environmental artists, and take home a uniquely personal creation to display at home. Workshop most appropriate for children ages 8 and older. $15 for WVBG Members; $25 for non-members. Space is limited, register today! Please pre-register for ALL activities 48 hours in advance at www.wvbg.org. All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Road, Morgantown, WV 26508 unless otherwise noted. Park in the lower parking area. Programs will last approximately 1.5-2 hours unless otherwise noted.

Back Creek Valley Homesteading Festival

A day of workshops on topics and skills of homesteading, self sufficiency, outdoor survival, bushcraft and preparedness. Also there will be vendors, food, pony rides, horse drawn carriage rides, live bluegrass music, kids activities and more. $5 for adults, kids under 12 get in free Held on the scenic grounds of the Lazy-A Campground: 15 minutes from Martinsburg and 40 minutes from Shepherdstown or Harpers Ferry, WV. Camp sites are available. Scenic mountain views, hot showers, lots of room for kids to play, and even a stream to splash in.

Fayetteville Farm Days

Join us for Fayetteville Farm Days from August 24th - 26th. Our main event will be Saturday, August 25 from 9am to 1pm at the Fayetteville Convention & Visitors Bureau. This event will feature many of our local farms in the area. Meet local farmers; enjoy farm demonstrations, crafts, and fun activities for the kids. The Fayetteville Farmers Market will also be going on from 7:30am -11:30am. New to this year, we will be hosting Fayette County farm tours.  Participating farms will be opening up for public tours on August 24 and Sunday, August 26th. Stay tuned for our farm tour schedule.  Head over to one of our amazing restaurants in town to enjoy a farm-to-fork meal. Participating Fayetteville restaurants will be running specials featuring farm fresh ingredients. We are looking for farmers to represent their local farms or for farmers willing to offer hands-on demos at the event. For more information, email Tabitha@visitfayettevillewv.com or call 304-574-1500.

Caregivers Rubber Duck Race

The Rubber Ducky Classic is held at the Shepherdstown Town Run off of German Street in Shepherdstown. Each raffle ticket corresponds to a rubber ducky in the race. The rubber duckies are let loose in the Town Run beginning at McMurran Halls Town Run and ending next to the Little House (across from Blue Moon Cafe) in an exciting race for first, second, and third place. Winners receive cash prizes. The last duck finishing wins a special prize! We also plan on having face painting and other activities, such as having access to the Little House on Princess St. This is a great family event to attend in Shepherdstown during the summer, so invite your friends, family, and even your pets. Tickets are sold the month before the event at specific locations and also at the Good Shepherd Office in Shepherdstown, WV.

Kids Container Gardening: Growing Organic

Join us for an exciting program featuring local author and Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia’s Director Katie Fallon reading her new children’s book "Look, See the Farm"!, followed by a container gardening workshop with WVBG Educator Stacy Clovis-Woofter. Katie and Stacy will teach kids about the different types of organisms and wildlife that thrive in organic gardens and farms, and children may discover these lessons firsthand in their take-home organic container gardens. Workshop most appropriate for children ages 3 and older. $25/container garden for WVBG members; $35 for non-members. Katie’s book will also be available for purchase. Space is limited, register today! Please pre-register for ALL activities 48 hours in advance at www.wvbg.org. All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Road, Morgantown, WV 26508 unless otherwise noted. Park in the lower parking area. Programs will last approximately 1.5-2 hours unless otherwise noted. Donations are appreciated and can be made online, or at the kiosk by the lower lot. Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities.

Goat Gallop 5K Walk/Run

Enjoy historic Arthurdale dotted with 1930’s New Deal homes and run with the friendly goats! Visit an original homestead, pet the goats, and join us in celebrating homestead life. Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome. All ages welcome with parental permission. All paces welcome in the 5K, there will be an untimed 1-mile Kid’s Race that will start a few minutes after the 5K. Join us after the race for other family fun activities including playing with the goats, games for kids, and much more. Healthy snacks and refreshments to recharge your body will be provided. Visit the race website-goatgallop5k.wordpress.com for more information. Register online at https://runsignup.com/Race/WV/Arthurdale/goatgallop5k or stop by the office to register in person. Pre-registration is now open!

National Kids to Parks Day

Getting ready to spend the summer outside? Come spend a day at Wine Cellar Park as the City of Dunbar celebrates it's eighth annual Kids Day to the Parks, along with open fishing day. This year a few of the activities planned from 10am to 2pm for kids will include: a fishing competition for the first fish, scavenger hunt, disc golf, archery, BB gun safety, and making s'mores and hotdogs. Adults can enjoy free fishing at Lake Anderson on June 10th and the 11th. Plan on spending your time this summer at our beautiful parks.

Vandalia Gathering

Enjoy traditional Appalachian music concerts and competitions, dancing, arts and crafts, foods and liars contest at this popular Memorial Day weekend event. Youth activities focus on culture and heritage; impromptu jam sessions dot the capitol grounds. The annual West Virginia Quilt Exhibition opens this weekend in the Great Hall of the Culture Center.

Morgan County Master Gardener’s Annual Plant Fair

20th Annual WVU Extension Master Gardener’s Plant Fair Berkeley Springs State Park, Fairfax Street & RT. 522, Downtown Berkeley Springs WV 25411 This year’s theme: “Fruit Trees And Pollinators” Fri. May 11th 2018: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Sat. May 12th 2018: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm *We will be selling all varieties of plants: vegetables, herbs, flowers, and house plants *There will be vendors selling garden art, crafts & pottery, food and fun! *We will have a “Plant Doctor” on call *There will be tours of beautiful gardens in downtown Berkeley Springs. *Children’s Area – With activities and FREE Plants for children to give to Mom for Mother’s Day! *There will be a raffle of a gardening utility wagon FULL of new garden themed items donated by the Morgan County Master Gardeners THIS IS A FABULOUS EVENT TO ATTEND WITH YOUR MOM FOR MOTHER’S DAY! RAIN OR SHINE!

StinkFest! Ramp Festival

The Wild Ramp is pleased to announce the market's 4th Annual StinkFest will take place at its Old Central City location on Saturday April 21st from 10 am - 5 pm. Join us as we celebrate Ramp season! Feast on this iconic spring plant that is our market's namesake. Free and open to the public! Food vendors featuring ramp dish specialties, music, artisans, and activities for the kids. Meet "Stinky" our Wild Ramp mascot too! Don't miss out on your chance to celebrate the stink! The Wild Ramp will offer a local festival of ramp-infused food, music, kids activities, and more!

Superheroes & Supervillains

This season the M. T. Pockets Theatre Youth Theatre Program will be exploring character development and the elements of story building with Superheroes and Supervillains – Write Your Own Adventure. The kids will be creating original characters and building stories for the characters to live through. The program will run over 12 weeks with the kids meeting 2 or 3 times a week to work through character choices and write their tales. The final product should be a zany and imaginative collection of comic style stories certain to make you laugh. April 12-14 @ 7 PM Sunday, April 15 @ 2 PM Directed by Nicole Davis A family-friendly production.

Eggstravaganza

Hop into the Clay Center to begin the Easter season with Eggstravaganza on Saturday, March 24th from 11am until 4pm! Enjoy an egg hunt, egg decorating (two eggs for $1), egg drop, and even more egg-citing egg-tivities! Of course, don’t miss our special guest, The Easter Bunny! Thank you to our sponsor for this event, Children’s Dentistry!

Kids’ Container Gardening: Little Sprouts

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with us by creating a “wee ones” garden for leprechauns, fairies, elves, and the like. After planting we’ll journey to WVBG’s Fairy Garden area, where we’ll gather natural materials for decorating our container gardens and discover if those sneaky forest leprechauns have been up to any tricks! Led by WVBG Educator Stacy Clovis-Woofter, for children ages 3 and older with accompanying adult. Walks and presentations will last 1.5-2hrs and are free of charge unless otherwise noted. Donations are appreciated and can be made online, or at the kiosk by the lower lot. Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities. Please pre-register for ALL activities 48 hours in advance at www.wvbg.org. All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Road, Morgantown, WV 26508 unless otherwise noted. Park in the lower parking area. $20 for WVBG members, $30 for non-members (price is per project). Space is limited, register today!

A Night At The North Pole

A Night At The North Pole! -Visit with Santa -Personalized letters from Santa for each child -Chance to take your own pictures with Santa -Christmas story time -Hot cocoa with marshmallows -Decorate cookies -Decorate ornaments -Funnel cakes & warm, soft pretzels -Winter Wonderland of lights & decorations Children 6 years old and younger are encouraged to come from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Children 7 years or older are encouraged to come from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Tickets are $45 a piece and include: 1 child & 2 adults; $35 for any additional children; $10 for any additional adults.

Fayetteville’s Old Time Christmas Celebration

Nestled in the picturesque mountains of West Virginia you can step back in time and enjoy Fayetteville’s Old Time Christmas Celebration. Fayetteville gets all dolled up for the holidays celebrating with true small-town flair. Escape the hustle and bustle of the holidays and enjoy a getaway with your family. You can shop small and enjoy strolling around historic downtown Fayetteville as the storefronts come to life with Christmas displays all month long. The town square will be lit up like a Christmas storybook with lights strung and fresh greenery bringing the town square to life. The Festivities kick off December 1st with Fayetteville’s Annual Christmas Parade. Head over to see the light show at the Fayetteville County Park and participate in the Ugly Sweater Run. Fayetteville’s Christmas Craft Show is held Saturday, December 2nd with over 50 craft vendors. The Grove will be hosting The Fayetteville Arts Coalitions Holiday Sampler during that evening. Experience the town coming together for the Greening of The Town. Make cookies with Santa at The Station, enjoy hot cocoa from Koolbeanz or a Christmas treat from Sweet T’s Candy Land Bakery, lots of activities for the kids, carols, and a town-wide ugly sweater contest.

2017 Bridge Day Chili Cook-off – 9th Annual

Things are heating up in Fayetteville with the 9th Annual Bridge Day Chili Cook-off! Have fun at Bridge Day, then come to Historic Downtown Fayetteville, stop by to taste and to help judge the some of the best chili samples from around the region from mild to wild! Admission and parking are FREE, but there is a charge for chili tasting tickets. Bring the kids along, we will have kids activities. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: Live Music beginning at 2:30 p.m. Black Garlic Chili Tasting: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Awards Ceremony: 5:15 pm Dining and Shopping: All Day! FREE ADMISSION and PARKING *Fee for Tasting Tickets. *Sold in $5.00 Packs Only. * Tickets Sales Begin at 3:00 p.m. Need More Information? Contact the Fayetteville Convention and Visitors Bureau at 304-574-1500 or email tabitha@visitfayettevillewv.com

Downtown Streetfest

Head down to Capitol Street for Downtown Streetfest block party Saturday, Sept. 23. Meet up with friends and family between 4:30 and 9 p.m. for live music, food and drinks, kid's activities, pop-up shops and much more. Grab a bite to eat at your favorite downtown establishments and listen to some live music. Downtown Streetfest is sponsored by City National Bank, along with sponsorship support from the Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Kanawha County Public Library and Tony the Tailor.

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.

Burnsville Harvest Festival

There will be stage entertainment through out the day, including a Karaoke contest, local musicians and featured band will be Back in the Day. We will have games and amusements for the kids, food and craft vendors, a Corn Hole tournament, and more Hours: 8 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Watoga Art in the Park

Watoga Art in the Park – bringing together artists and the great outdoors. Watoga Art in the Park features a great fun- filled weekend for families set in one of West Virginia's most beautiful parks – Watoga State Park. The juried fine art and craft fair will feature some of the region's most impressive artists and craftspeople showcasing jewelry, pottery, fiber, glass, photography, painting and much more Find that perfect gift for a loved one or yourself. Along with showcasing fine art for purchase, there will be eight professional artists, instructing in 22 workshops throughout the two-day event to help you create your own work of art. Learn pastels, watercolors, or acrylics from accomplished artists, watch and participate in wood-fire pottery or blacksmithing, make your own mask and paint or decorate it, check out white oak basketry, as well as yoga and art therapy. Join in one or all three nature walks lead by a Watoga State Park Naturalist. Learn about birds and then return to paint what you observed, make a clay dish using some of the natural materials you'll find along your walk, or check out the hike where you learn to identify animal footprints. In the evening you can participate in an Owl Prowl and the even make owl houses to take home with you. There will be great music both days as well as a variety of foods. Kids Corner open all day. Check us out on the web for details and to submit your artwork for consideration. https://watogaartinthepark.com/

Jackson’s Mill Jubilee

A celebration of Appalachian Heritage, Educational Demonstrations, featuring Indigenous and Bluegrass music concerts, Native American Style Dancing, Chainsaw Carvings, Gristmill demos, Homestead Activities, Photography, Needle Arts and Quilt Show, Antique Tractors and Engines, Carriage Rides, Civil War Encampment, Top quality Artisans, a Zip Line for the active ones, and Kid’s Land for the younger festival participants. Foods – BBQ (Chicken, Beef, & Pork), Homemade Donuts and Ice Cream, Deep Fried Pickles, and more. Fun for the entire family. Hours: Fri. Noon-9 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Oak Leaf Festival 2017

Enjoy the celebration of fall with vendors, crafts, quilts, live bands, kids activities, pageantry and more!

Downtown Streetfest

Head down to Capitol Street for the Downtown Streetfest block party Saturday, Aug. 26. Meet up with friends and family between 4:30 and 9 p.m. for live music, food and drinks, kid's activities, pop-up shops and much more. Grab a bite to eat at your favorite downtown establishments and listen to some live music. The event coincides with the Kanawha River Navy annual Funeral Parade. The parade will kickoff at 5 p.m. on the corner of Kanawha Boulevard and Capitol Street and parade through to Downtown Streetfest. Downtown Streetfest is sponsored by City National Bank, along with sponsorship support from the Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Kanawha County Public Library and Tony the Tailor. Downtown Streetfest block parties are also scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 26 and Saturday, Sept. 23.

Back Creek Valley Homesteading Festival

A day of workshops on topics and skills of homesteading, self sufficiency, outdoor survival, bushcraft and preparedness. Also there will be vendors, food, pony rides, horse drawn carriage rides, live bluegrass music, kids activities and more. $5 for adults, kids under 12 get in free

Container Gardening for Kids: Spectacular Sand Buckets with Succulents

Bring the beach back home and join us for gardening fun, as we create colorful succulent gardens in sand bucket containers! Led by WVBG Outdoor Educator Stacy Clovis-Woofter, this make-and-take garden project offers budding gardeners opportunities to learn more about what these sun-loving plants need to thrive. Open to children ages 4 and older with an accompanying adult. $15 for WVBG members; $20 for non-members. * Please register by August 6. * All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Road, Morgantown, WV 26508 unless otherwise noted. * Free walks and presentations last approximately 1.5 hours. Donations are appreciated and can be made at the Lower Parking Lot Kiosk at any time. * Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities.

Augusta Folks Art for Kids “Exploring Art Through Times”

Augusta Folks Art for Kids “Exploring Art Through Times” will take place from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. Aug. 7-11 on the Davis & Elkins College campus. Instructed by artist Kylie Proudfoot-Payne children will explore visual art and heritage crafts through the creation of a variety of art projects. Students will paint, print, weave, bind, mold, sew, experiment, square dance and much more as they learn about how the heritage crafts are connected to the world today. They will have the opportunity to experience the wider Augusta program through coordination with other Augusta instructors. Registration is open at www.augustaheritagecenter.org. For additional information, call the Augusta Heritage Center at 304-637-1209.

Downtown Street Fest

Head down to Capitol Street for Downtown Streetfest block party Saturday, July 22. Meet up with friends and family between 4:30 and 9 p.m. for live music, food and drinks, kid's activities, pop-up shops and much more. Grab a bite to eat at your favorite downtown establishments and listen to some live music. This event coincides with the Glow Run 5K, an all-age run that will light up the downtown street. The race starts at 9 p.m. during Downtown Streetfest, with runners and walkers decked out in glow sticks and neon. Downtown Streetfest is sponsored by City National Bank, along with sponsorship support from the Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Kanawha County Public Library and Tony the Tailor. Downtown Streetfest block parties are also scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 26 and Saturday, Sept. 23.

Augusta Folk Arts for Kids “Art with Soul”

Augusta Folk Arts for Kids “Art with Soul” will take place from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. July 17-21 on the Davis & Elkins College campus. Artist and teacher Sarah Ferguson will lead an action packed week of creativity, arts and crafts, music, movement and adventure. Participants will learn about the essence of blues and swing music through a variety of experiences. Registration is open at www.augustaheritagecenter.org. For additional information, call the Augusta Heritage Center at 304-637-1209.

MedExpress Kids Day

From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., kids will take over the downtown with more than 60 scheduled events. Kids of all ages will learn about safety, play games, receive free goodies from area businesses, make crafts, and play in the giant sand box. Enjoy live entertainment, trolley display and more. Important Information: Information booths will be stationed at Dairy Queen (444 High Street)at Citizens Bank (265 High Street). First aid kits will also be located at the information booths. Restrooms will be available at the Morgantown Public Safety Building (300 Spruce Street)and Morgantown Public Library (373 Spruce Street.

Augusta Folk Arts for Kids “Exploring Cajun Culture”

Augusta Folk Arts for Kids “Exploring Cajun Culture” will take place from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. July 10-14 on the Davis & Elkins College campus. Instructed by musician Megan Brown, students will learn history and French vocabulary, build masks and Mardi Gras hats, dye and paque eggs, make Acadian flags, learn some dance moves and even get a chance to cook up a Cajun dish. Registration is open at www.augustaheritagecenter.org. For additional information, call the Augusta Heritage Center at 304-637-1209.

Ohio Valley Rib & Chicken Cookoff

Who has the best ribs & chicken in the Ohio Valley? Find out this summer at Wheeling Heritage Port! Plus live music, beer garden, kids activities and more.

Wheeling Arts & Culture Fest

Welcome to the 2017 Wheeling Arts & Culture Fest. The Arts Fest and the Upper Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival have combined efforts to bring comprehensive arts & culture programming to the festival! The festival will be on Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17 from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. at Wheeling Heritage Port. The Ohio County Library will continue to host additional literary and historical programming for the festival. The festival will include all of the great events from both festivals so if you are looking for the Artist Market or the Around the World Carnival, you will find it all. The admission-free event is open to everyone in the community and offers a variety of arts and cultural programs, including live music, visual arts, theatre, dance, literature, culinary demonstrations, historical arts, and much more.

18th Annual Ranson Festival & Car Show

Craft Vendors - Food - Entertainment Batman and Batgirl will be arriving in the Batmobile from 10 to 2pm. Kids can stop by and get their autographs and pictures taken. Car Show for all types of Cars, Trucks, and Motorcycles.

Taste-of-ALL

TASTE welcomes foodies to an indoor/outdoor experience, encouraging ALL to taste the wild and wonderful food of Charleston, WV and the region. Expect delicious tastes, kids activities, live music and more! Time and location: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Four Points by Sheraton & the Kanawha Boulevard ADMISSION: Tastes 1-6 tickets, $0.50 each

Stink Fest

Come celebrate Ramp season! Feast on this iconic spring plant that is the market's namesake! Food vendors featuring ramp dish specialties, music, artisans, and activities for the kids. Meet "Stinky" our Wild Ramp mascot too! Don't miss out on your chance to celebrate the stink! The Wild Ramp's premiere annual ramp festival, Stink Fest, will take place at its Old Central City location on Saturday April 22th from 10 am - 4 pm. This festival is family friendly, free, and open to the public

Container Gardening for Kids: Pizza in a Bucket!

Join nature enthusiasts and educators, Bethany and Vada Boback for a "Gardening with Kids" workshop and learn how to plant, care for, and eat what you grow. Workshop includes a "Make and Take" sustainable growing project. Open to children ages 4-14 with an accompanying adult. $15 for WVBG members; $20 for non-members. Register online at www.wvbg.org. * Registration is required for workshops at least one week prior to the workshop. All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Rd., Morgantown, WV 26508 unless otherwise noted. Walks and presentations will last 1.5-2hrs. Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities. Contact us at 304-322-2093 or info@wvbg.org if you have any questions.

Burton Kid’s Snowboard Camp

Mountaineer Parks and Burton Snowboards are ready and waiting up at Snowshoe Mountain for a total takeover by little shredders! The 3rd annual Burton Kid’s Snowboard Camp is going to be a rippin’ good time and we’re calling all riders ages 4-12 to come on up and ride! Whether you’re a first time snowboarder, or charging it in the park, we’ve got a team of coaches stoked to help you experience snowboarding like never before! This camp is busting at the seams with fun; 2 full days of snowboarding, expert coaching, a pizza party, Burton swag, even an ice cream social. Want to show off all that style? Enter Mountaineer Parks Progression Session park competition and show the Mountain what you’ve got! (Entry in the competition is available at a discounted rate to all camp participants). Come on up snowboarders – and make our mountain your mountain! Check website for more information.

Santa Claus – Cacapon State Park

Bring your entire family and get your Christmas picture taken with Santa! Craft time with the kiddies and also a yummy bake sale will be available for purchase. Want to write a letter to Santa instead of setting on his lap? Elves will be on the premises to help write your letter and Santa will respond via USPS! For overnight reservations, call Cacapon Lodge at 304-258-1022. Need the naturalist's email to ask what time Santa is visting Cacapon? It is renee.m.finchman@wv.gov, one of Santa's helpers.

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

West Virginia Botanic Garden Fall Children’s Festival

Funeral Parade and Downtown Streetfest

The Charleston Area Alliance Downtown Streetfest summer block party series will return Saturday, Sept. 17 along Capitol Street between Kanawha Boulevard and Virginia Street with local favorite Qiet. Meet up with friends and family between 4:30 and 9 p.m. for live music, food and drinks, kid's activities and pop-up shops. Plus the Kanawha River Navy will host its Annual Funeral Parade in conjunction with Downtown Streetfest. The Parade will proceed down Capitol Street from Donnally Street, turning left along Virginia Street, right along Hale Street and ending at Downtown Streetfest, along the corner of Capitol Street and Kanawha Boulevard. The event is sponsored by Proud Eagle, Goose Island, Tony The Tailor, the Charleston WV Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Kanawha County Public Library. Many downtown retailers and restaurants have special programming planned for the event, along with post-event live music and food and drink offerings. Downtown Streetfest events are also scheduled for Saturday, May 21; Saturday, July 23; and Saturday, Aug. 20 on Capitol Street between Quarrier and Lee Streets.

Brew Skies Festival

WV Craft Beer and Music Festival. Presented by Mountain State Brewing Co., the first annual Brew Skies Festival was held in 2012 in Canaan Valley as a celebration of live music, West Virginia craft beer and the great outdoors. This year’s family friendly, two-day event will showcase performances from 23 musical acts, local food & artisan vendors, a newly added homebrew competition and craft breweries from around the state of West Virginia.

Cooper’s Rock Climbing Guides Kids Camp

Located at Cooper’s Rock State Forest, this 7 hour day camp is offered for children 8-12 years of age. The guides of CRCG will lead a scavenger hunt that takes them climbing, rappelling, and hiking through cool rock features in Coopers Rock State Forest.

WV Hot Dog Festival

The 2016 West Virginia Hot Dog Festival will be held from 8am to 6pm on Saturday, July 30, at Pullman Square and 3rd Avenue in downtown Huntington. The 12th Annual Festival will offer hot dogs from a dozen of the top hot dog businesses traditional Huntington and West Virginia. The WVHDF will have a classic & custom car and truck show, kids activities, demonstrations, exhibitions, along with retail and craft shopping. Don't forget about the ever-popular WV Hot Dog Festival Wiener Dog Races! Families love the "all-breed" exhibition races, the dog costume contest, hot dog eating and root beer chugging contests, "bun fun" games, and much more!

Beech Fork State Park – WEEKEND ACTIVITIES

FRIDAY - June 10th 3:30pm Beginner Fishing Class Learn to tie knots, use lures, and all the basics of fishing. Meet at the Activities Room in Park Headquarters. 5:00 pm Scavenger Hunt See how many things you can find with this park themed scavenger hunt. Pick up at Park Headquarters. SATURDAY - June 11th 4:00pm Kids Fishing Tournament Kids 14 and under can bring their fishing poles and see who can catch the most fish in an hour. There are fish to catch and prizes to be won! 6:00 pm Hay Ride! Take a ride on a hay trailer through Beech Fork State Park. Meet in the parking lot by the camp store. Multiple trips will be taken throughout the evening. Parents should to ride with their children. 8:30 pm Campfire Join Brian the Naturalist at Campfire Circle to enjoy an evening with some magic tricks, spooky stories, jokes, and free marshmallow roasting. SUNDAY - June 12th 9:00am Birding Workshop Come learn the basics of bird watching with the Naturalist. Meet at Park Headquarters. Bring binoculars if you can. 10:30am Nature Walk Get in one last walk before the weekend is over. Perfect walk for photography enthusiasts. Meet in the parking lot by the camp store. Noon. Backyard Frisbee Golf Come tryout our homemade backyard Frisbee golf course in the backyard of Park Headquarters. Frisbees provided or bring or own. 2:00pm Bocce Ball Come behind Beech Fork State Park headquarters to learn and play this fun ancient Egyptian game with the Naturalist! MONDAY - June 13th 2:00pm Pedal Boat Race Meet at the Beech Fork State Park boat dock with a friend to see who can cross the lake and back the fastest!

Try-A-Tri

The 2nd annual event includes a run, bike ride and kayaking for students in grades 3-7 at Cedar Lakes Conference Center, near Ripley. Kids receive a participation medal and lunch will be provided. The entire event should be over by noon so you will have the rest of the day for other events! But don’t miss this opportunity for elementary and middle schoolers to experience a mini-Triathlon. Bring your helmets and tennis shoes are required. Kayaks will be provided but child may use their own. Participants must have their own bikes. First 50 kids to register receives a free Tee! Registration: http://www.millcreekwatertrail.com/try-registration/