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New River Gorgeous Trail Run

Join ACE Adventure Resort for the 18th Annual New River Gorge-ous Trail Run & Walk. Choose between three race options

“Wings of Wonder”

Watoga State Park is pleased to welcome the Three Rivers Avian Center to the Activities Building at 7:00 p.m. as

Wonderland Mountain Challenge Trail Run

Join ACE for a demanding trail run through the beautiful mountains in West Virginia on Memorial Day weekend. Choose between a half-marathon, 10K run, or a 5 mile walk. These distinctive race routes will take racers through the New River Gorge past scenic rock outcrops, cascading streams and abandoned coal mines. After grabbing your medal at the finish line a burrito buffet awaits to tame the appetite you have developed. Cash prizes will be awarded to top finishers, plus you get bragging rights for tackling the Wonderland Mountain Challenge on May 26th, 2018.

Celtic Calling Kilt Run/Walk

Wear your best kilt for the 4th annual Kilt Run/Walk. The 5K course runs to and through Spring Hill Cemetery.

Fall Foliage Walk

Join our Natural Resources Specialist for a walk to view the fall colors and identify the trees beneath the leaves.

Fall Foliage Walk

Join our Natural Resources Specialist for a walk to view the fall colors and identify the trees beneath the leaves.

Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival

Celebrating its 38th year, the Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival is one of the longest standing festival traditions in Berkeley County, celebrating the area’s rich history and agricultural roots. The four day event features a wide range of activities, from an elegant grand ball, to a sportsman and outdoor show, a craft show, agricultural events, a royal gala and the grand feature parade that fills downtown with performances, antique cars, fire trucks and more. This festival is a local favorite and will create a special memory for visitors and families who attend and share in this time-honored tradition.

Irish Road Bowling

Come join the fun of this annual competition for a weekend rich in history and plenty of entertainment all situated amidst the enchanting natural surroundings of Shepherdstown, WV. Throw cannonballs on historic Trough Road, where in 1862 Confederate and Union troops fought, as the Confederate army retreated from Antietam. Irish Road Bowling consists of a ball made of iron and steel that is heavy enough to pick up speed, yet small enough for any person to handle. Besides the basic rules and terms, all you do is hurl this 28 oz. sized "bowl" with an underhand motion over a 1 to 2 mile country road and see how far it goes! Scored like golf, the fewest number of shots from the start to the finish line wins. Irish Road Bowling is similar to fast pitch softball, except with a running start. It's also like bowling if you had enough room to run 10 or 15 yards. Irish Road Bowling is ideal for young athletes or seniors who are looking to enjoy a scenic walk on a country road, combined with an ancient and exciting, but not overly strenuous, sport! Road Bowling begins at 1:30 p.m. Visit http://www.battleofshepherdstown.org. To be a part of history, contact Road Master Mary Wolfe at (304) 258-4958, or e-mail [email protected]

Moses Auto Group Live on the Levee-Tony Harrah & The Fly-Over States and Vanessa Collier

Charleston's favorite outdoor concert series closes the season with Tony Harrah & The Fly-Over States and Vanessa Collier. The conclusion of the season also ends with a fireworks display.

Hot Rod Rockers at the Morgan County Expo!

Everything from Rockabilly to Disco, Classic Country to Doo Wop, Rock and Roll, and Blues. The song list is extensive and sure to bring out the dance and voice of everyone. Join us from 6:30pm to 7:30pm for fun, music, and more at the main stage area in front of the Senior Life Services Center of Morgan County!

Moses Auto Group Live on the Levee-LC Band and Resurrection – A Journey Tribute

Charleston's favorite outdoor concert series presents LC Band and Resurrection - A Journey Tribute

Boots – Brews – BBQ

BOOTS-BREWS-BBQ will offer 30+ crafts Beers, dig into some amazing local BBQ pop-ups and listen to live music by Mark Bray and the Steel Soul Cowboys. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the event. Ticket gets you 10 pours of brews. Additional ticket for $12.50 may be purchased for additional pours of brews at the event.

Thurmond Family Triathlon

Beginner friendly family triathlon held in the heart of the New River gorge. Make memories with your family as you bike, paddle, and run.

Irish Road Bowling National Finals – Bol~Chumnn na hEireann North American Region Finals, Blackwater Falls State Park

Irish Road Bowling consists of a ball made of iron and steel that is heavy enough to pick up speed, yet small enough for any person to handle. Besides the basic rules and terms, all you do is hurl this 28 oz. sized "bowl" with an underhand motion over a 1 to 2 mile country road and see how far it goes! Scored like golf, the fewest number of shots from the start to the finish line wins. Irish Road Bowling is similar to fast pitch softball, except with a running start. It's also like bowling if you had enough room to run 10 or 15 yards. Irish Road Bowling is ideal for young athletes or seniors who are looking to enjoy a scenic walk on a country road, combined with an ancient and exciting, but not overly strenuous, sport! Hosted by the West Virginia Irish Road Bowling Association (WVIRBA). West Virginia is proud to host the USA national finals for this ancient sport for the fifth time. The three organized clubs, Boston, New York and West Virginia, rotate the exciting weekend tournament every August to decide the best in the USA, under the auspices of Bol~Chumann na hEireann in Ireland. This is where you will see the sport as it is supposed to be played, at the highest level. Boston's Con O Callaghan, Florrie O'Mahoney, his son Sean O'Mahoney, Roger O'Riordan, Brendan O'Sullivan All Ireland winners, New York's Adfrian Lappin, Fergal Carr, both All Ireland winners and Mick Mahoney, and West Virginia's own Travis Craig, Travis McClintic, and Stephen Wallington will be hurling iron and steel road bowls down the Pendleton Point Road. Best the players in the USA in one on one competition at Blackwater Falls. Everyone welcome to all events, including the Welcome Reception and Semi-final Matches Draw, Friday evening at 6:00 p.m. buffet in Blackwater Lodge. Friday afternoon - practice scores in the road, meet the players. Friday evening at the lodge - welcoming reception, buffet dinner, drawing of the scores for Saturday. Saturday - Semi-finals 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. semi-finals in four grades Sunday - Finals and awards ceremony, everyone invited. The North American Region Finals: if you have not seen this amazing sport, this is your chance, easy walking with the throwers - Everyone Welcome!! Winners at Blackwater Falls State Park advance to the All Ireland Finals to be held in the USA on Wampatuck State Park, Hingham, Massachusetts. Blackwater Falls State Park, 304 259 5216, www.blackwaterfalls.com, for the WVIRBA David Powell (202) 387-1680, Cell: (202) 905-1959.

Irish Road Bowling – Cacapon Resort State Park

Irish Road Bowling consists of a ball made of iron and steel that is heavy enough to pick up speed, yet small enough for any person to handle. Besides the basic rules and terms, all you do is hurl this 28 oz. sized "bowl" with an underhand motion over a 1 to 2 mile country road and see how far it goes! Scored like golf, the fewest number of shots from the start to the finish line wins. Irish Road Bowling is similar to fast pitch softball, except with a running start. It's also like bowling if you had enough room to run 10 or 15 yards. Irish Road Bowling is ideal for young athletes or seniors who are looking to enjoy a scenic walk on a country road, combined with an ancient and exciting, but not overly strenuous, sport! "Gravity is your friend" on this mostly downhill roll through the woods with rocky cliffs alongside. This shaded 1.2 mile course will be cool in the hot summer time and great for beginners. Afterward, lake swim, tennis, golf, hiking trails, horseback rides. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and bowling begins at 11 a.m. Lodge reservations 304-258-1022. Road Master Mary Wolfe 304-258-4958 or [email protected]

Charleston Cycling Classic

Officially permitted and sanctioned with USA Cycling. July 21-22, 2018, the hip, historic city of Charleston, WV, will be the center of a three-event, two-day stage race testing cyclists with an individual time trial, a criterium, and a road race to determine an overall winner. All cyclists will race the same courses for the time trial and the criterium, starting and ending at Haddad Riverfront Park in downtown Charleston, WV. The road races will be contested over three different distances, and will also start and finish at Haddad Riverfront Park.

Richwood’s 33rd Scenic Mountain Triathlon

July 8, 2018 will bring the 33rd Anniversary of Richwood's Scenic Mountain Triathlon! Come join in a weekend of fun and excitement as we play host to West Virginia's oldest triathlon. Started in 1985, this event has become a favorite of triathletes and spectators alike. The entire race is held in the Monongahela National Forest (under special use permit). The race starts with a 1/2 mile swim in chilly Summit Lake, followed by a 17.1 mile bike ride over 3 Kennison Mountain (elevation of 3,988 feet) to the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center. The race concludes with a 6.2 mile run down to the Cranberry Glades and back to the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center to the finish line. Other activities include a Saturday packet pick-up and social from 3 p.m. - 7p.m. at the Chamber Office in Richwood and a post-race cookout at the finish line at the Nature Center on Sunday. Awards are given for numerous age groups, sexes and teams. Each athlete receives a free t-shirt and eats for free at the cookout. (Spectators are encouraged to eat for a small donation.) This is a spectator-friendly race with lots of food and fun for everyone.

Irish Road Bowling – Cass Scenic Railroad State Park

Irish Road Bowling consists of a ball made of iron and steel that is heavy enough to pick up speed, yet small enough for any person to handle. Besides the basic rules and terms, all you do is hurl this 28 oz. sized "bowl" with an underhand motion over a 1 to 2 mile country road and see how far it goes! Scored like golf, the fewest number of shots from the start to the finish line wins. Irish Road Bowling is similar to fast pitch softball, except with a running start. It's also like bowling if you had enough room to run 10 or 15 yards. Irish Road Bowling is ideal for young athletes or seniors who are looking to enjoy a scenic walk on a country road, combined with an ancient and exciting, but not overly strenuous, sport! Set in Pocahontas County, source of seven rivers in the highest mountains in West Virginia, Cass Scenic Railroad operates a ride-on steam-powered logging train that climbs even higher above the town of Cass. Cass Scenic RR is a great mid-summer destination in cool mountains, and Old Cass Road is only a couple miles from the giant radio telescopes at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory at Greenbank, another can’t miss for visitors. Saturday 1:00 p.m. Sign Up for this event will be the day of the Event from 9:30 to Noon at the CSRR Visitor Center and at the start line on Old Cass Road. The event will commence at 1:00 PM at Old Cass Road (County Rt. 7/1) and Route 66 intersection. Parking on opposite side of the road from entrance. Bowling from Deer Creek approximately 1.3 miles to Rt. 66/Old Cass Road entrance. (off Route 66, approximately 4 miles east of Cass Scenic Railroad). Sign-Up, equipment (if you need it), and score cards will be available in the Visitor Center from 9:30 am to Noon the day of the event and at the start line. Contact Marshall Markley at 304-456-4300 ext. 102.

Grand Vue Park Mountain Bike Race

Explore and race on Grand Vue Park's mountain bike trails. For more information, call 304-845-9810.

Mountain State Street Machines Auto Extravaganza

Join us for our largest event of the year, our annual Auto Extravaganza! Since 1984, Mountain State Street Machines has been bringing fun, entertainment, fireworks, prizes, delicious food and crafts from area vendors, and stunning new, unique, classic, and antique cars to the Elkins area for your enjoyment. All ages are welcome. Register early and save $5.

Adult Play Date at Capon Springs

Come for any number of nights starting Monday, June 25th through Wednesday, June 27th to immerse yourself in the freedom of traditional outdoor play at Capon. Designed for the kid in all of us these simple, fun interactive morning, afternoon and evening sessions are led by “Let’s Play America” speaker, author and regular Capon guest Pat Rumbaugh. Activities include: hopscotch, hula-hooping, double-dutch, relays, tag, hide-and-seek at sunset and so much more. This outdoor fun is included in the $129-160 per person per night package, which also gets you lodging, three meals daily, resort facility access and evening entertainment. At Capon you CAN go back to your childhood and re-experience those happy carefree moments again and Pat Rumbaugh is your perfect guide to take you there.

Irish Road Bowling – WV State Championship Finals, Blackwater Falls State Park

Irish Road Bowling consists of a ball made of iron and steel that is heavy enough to pick up speed, yet small enough for any person to handle. Besides the basic rules and terms, all you do is hurl this 28 oz. sized "bowl" with an underhand motion over a 1 to 2 mile country road and see how far it goes! Scored like golf, the fewest number of shots from the start to the finish line wins. Irish Road Bowling is similar to fast pitch softball, except with a running start. It's also like bowling if you had enough room to run 10 or 15 yards. Irish Road Bowling is ideal for young athletes or seniors who are looking to enjoy a scenic walk on a country road, combined with an ancient and exciting, but not overly strenuous, sport! The top bowlers, men and women, from each of the two qualifiers, Pipestem Resort April 21 and 22, and Strawberry Festival May 19 and 20, meet at Blackwater Falls State Park, Davis, WV. See the flamethrowers, top guns in West Virginia, throws can roll 250 - 300 yards. See Travis Craig, Travis McClintic, Stephen Wallington, Bryan Wimer, Rich Meece, Ken McClintic,, Wayne Marrs, Travis Shipley, Stephen Holmes, Morgan Ware, and many more, all the fastest throwers in WV. See the best lady bowlers in the WV state finals. Winners advance to the North American Region Finals, (national championship) again at Blackwater Falls State Park, Davis, WV, August 3, 4, 5, 2018. June 23: Semifinals - Novice 1, Novice 2, Novice 3, Novice 4 June 24:Finals - Novice 1, Novice 2, Novice 3, Novice 4 For more information, contact David Powell 202-387-1680, Cell: 202-905-1959.

Irish Road Bowling – Canaan Valley State Park

Irish Road Bowling consists of a ball made of iron and steel that is heavy enough to pick up speed, yet small enough for any person to handle. Besides the basic rules and terms, all you do is hurl this 28 oz. sized "bowl" with an underhand motion over a 1 to 2 mile country road and see how far it goes! Scored like golf, the fewest number of shots from the start to the finish line wins. Irish Road Bowling is similar to fast pitch softball, except with a running start. It's also like bowling if you had enough room to run 10 or 15 yards. Irish Road Bowling is ideal for young athletes or seniors who are looking to enjoy a scenic walk on a country road, combined with an ancient and exciting, but not overly strenuous, sport! In the highest-elevation valley east of the Mississippi, this open road with sweeping curves is an ideal contrast to the boulders and rhododendron thickets at nearby Blackwater Falls. Enjoy a two-day two-event road bowling weekend at Blackwater and Canaan. Bowling begins at 1:30 p.m. Contact David Vance, 800-622-4121, ext. 2788 for more information.

Irish Road Bowling – Blackwater Falls State Park

Irish Road Bowling consists of a ball made of iron and steel that is heavy enough to pick up speed, yet small enough for any person to handle. Besides the basic rules and terms, all you do is hurl this 28 oz. sized "bowl" with an underhand motion over a 1 to 2 mile country road and see how far it goes! Scored like golf, the fewest number of shots from the start to the finish line wins. Irish Road Bowling is similar to fast pitch softball, except with a running start. It's also like bowling if you had enough room to run 10 or 15 yards. Irish Road Bowling is ideal for young athletes or seniors who are looking to enjoy a scenic walk on a country road, combined with an ancient and exciting, but not overly strenuous, sport! Bowling begins at 1:30pm. One of the closer events to Pittsburgh and Washington D.C., Blackwater Falls is WV's best known landmark in a state famous for its scenery with Rhododendron blossoms and a circle road. The Washington Post described the Falls as “so perfectly set in its narrow canyon and so beautiful as to be almost surreal.”

22nd Annual Greater Clarksburg 10K Race

The 10K starts at 8:30 a.m. in downtown Clarksburg, followed by the 2 mile race and the Kids K. For more information, please call 304-627-1107 or visit their website at www.greaterclarksburg10k.org.

Tour de Coal

The Tour de Coal is an annual 11-mile float trip from Tornado to St. Albans, WV. Be part of the biggest flatwater kayaking event in West Virginia history! This year the event is expected to attract over 1,000 paddlers from as far away as California, Colorado, and Florida. The TOUR DE COAL begins at 10am in Meadowood Park. Saturday registration opens at 8am. Come to Meadowood Park first to drop off your kayak, and stop by the CRG River Center cabin to check in (unless you came Friday to the earlybird check-in). Then you'll take your vehicle back to Gateway Shopping Center in St. Albans and ride one of our courtesy shuttles back to the start at Meadowood Park. Early-bird Registration - $20 per person; Registration on July 17 - $25 per person; Additional t-shirts - $15 each.

Color Me Au-Some 5K Walk/Run

Color Me Au-Some 5K Walk/Run is an event with a fun and colorful twist where participants are plastered with color bombs of dry tempera paint powder at stations throughout the course. Participants are encouraged to wear white t-shirts to engage in the “Color Me Process.” The Color Me Au-Some 5K course incorporates one of the city’s oldest and most recognizable landmarks, the Wheeling Suspension Bridge. The course starts at the picturesque waterfront, goes through downtown, over the Suspension Bridge, around Wheeling Island, back over the Suspension Bridge, and down Main Street returning to the Waterfront. Following the race, participants can enjoy refreshments, door prizes, awards ceremony, and music. Awards will be given to the top 5 female and male walkers and runners and the top three female and male finishers in the following age categories: 9 & under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, top finisher in 70+. Children ages 3 & under will pay no registration fee, but parents must register them and sign the waiver. All participants that register as walkers MUST walk. If you register as a runner, you are permitted to run and walk.

Bikes & BBQ

Do you like riding your bike, smoking meats, or eating great food? Or eating BBQ while riding your bike? (We won't judge). If so, then Point Pleasant is the place to be on June 9th for our second annual "Bikes & BBQ." We will have select routes for cyclists of all levels and a backyard BBQ cook off to prove that your ribs and/or chicken are the best around. Select from four tour routes; 43 mi, 26 mi, 20 mi (flat spur), 6 mi bike rides. Riders: Preregister at TriStateRacer.com here: https://www.tristateracer.com/event.php?RaceID=9918. Entry includes the ride and a T-shirt! Information for BBQ Competitors and full event details can be found here: http://bikepointpleasant.wixsite.com/bikepointpleasant/bikesbbq. Also, look us up on Facebook, @bikepointpleasant!

Loudoun Heights Hike

Join park rangers for a 8-mile round trip, 5-hour, hike to Split Rock, learning about the history of the mountain along the way. This is a strenuous hike and proper footwear is required. Bring water, snacks, and lunch. Limited to 20 participants. Pre-registration required by calling 304-535-6038.

Irish Road Bowling – Strawberry Festival

Irish Road Bowling consists of a ball made of iron and steel that is heavy enough to pick up speed, yet small enough for any person to handle. Besides the basic rules and terms, all you do is hurl this 28 oz. sized "bowl" with an underhand motion over a 1 to 2 mile country road and see how far it goes! Scored like golf, the fewest number of shots from the start to the finish line wins. Irish Road Bowling is similar to fast pitch softball, except with a running start. It's also like bowling if you had enough room to run 10 or 15 yards. Irish Road Bowling is ideal for young athletes or seniors who are looking to enjoy a scenic walk on a country road, combined with an ancient and exciting, but not overly strenuous, sport! Turkey Run Road, two miles north of Buckhannon, site of the 2006 and the 2015 Irish Road Bowling North American Region Championship Finals, Bol~Chumann na hEireann. Winners advanced to the All Irelands, in Ireland (the country). May 19: 4pm-Team Bowling May 20: 1pm- Men's and Women's Singles Qualifier and Team Bowling www.wvstrawberryfestival.com

WV Irish Road Bowling

WV Irish Road Bowling is a sport that has been played in West Virginia since 1995, but the roots go farther back to the American Civil War when soldiers from Ireland played. The Irish have been playing the sport since the 1600s. About Irish Road Bowling consists of a ball made out of iron and steel that is heavy enough to pick up speed, yet small enough for any person to handle. Besides the basic rules and terms, all you do is hurl this 28 oz. sized "bowl" with an underhand motion over a 1 to 2 mile country road and see how far it goes! Team events are played with teams of 3 or 4 bowlers. Scored like golf, the fewest number of shots from the start to the finish line wins. Registration: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Cost: $5 Contact Stephen Wallington (KSF Road Master) 304-638-3224 for more information.

Irish Road Bowling – Kanawha State Forest

Irish Road Bowling consists of a ball made of iron and steel that is heavy enough to pick up speed, yet small enough for any person to handle. Besides the basic rules and terms, all you do is hurl this 28 oz. sized "bowl" with an underhand motion over a 1 to 2 mile country road and see how far it goes! Scored like golf, the fewest number of shots from the start to the finish line wins. Irish Road Bowling is similar to fast pitch softball, except with a running start. It's also like bowling if you had enough room to run 10 or 15 yards. Irish Road Bowling is ideal for young athletes or seniors who are looking to enjoy a scenic walk on a country road, combined with an ancient and exciting, but not overly strenuous, sport! Located just seven miles south of Charleston, West Virginia, Kanawha State Forest is in close proximity to the heavily populated Kanawha Valley and is a recreational haven. The 9,300-acre forest is noted among naturalists for its diverse wildflower and bird populations. Rich cove forest sites provide nesting habitat for 19 species of wood warblers, a feature which draws birders from as far away as Canada. The forest offers some of West Virginia’s best special hikes in winter, spring and fall. Team Registration, 12:30 p.m. Saturday 1:30 pm: Bowling Begins. Contact Kanawha State Forest at 304-558-3500, email [email protected], or call Road Master Stephen Wallington 304-638-3224 for more information.

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!

Irish Road Bowling – Coopers Rock State Forest

Irish Road Bowling consists of a ball made of iron and steel that is heavy enough to pick up speed, yet small enough for any person to handle. Besides the basic rules and terms, all you do is hurl this 28 oz. sized "bowl" with an underhand motion over a 1 to 2 mile country road and see how far it goes! Scored like golf, the fewest number of shots from the start to the finish line wins. Irish Road Bowling is similar to fast pitch softball, except with a running start. It's also like bowling if you had enough room to run 10 or 15 yards. Irish Road Bowling is ideal for young athletes or seniors who are looking to enjoy a scenic walk on a country road, combined with an ancient and exciting, but not overly strenuous, sport! Located near Cheat Lake, Lakeview Golf Resort and with an overlook into Cheat River Gorge, this 12,713 acre forest with cliffs and 11 rustic picnic shelters is ideal for Irish Road Bowling. Bowling begins at 1:00 p.m. See www.coopersrockstateforest.com. Contact Coopers Rock at 304-594-9024 for the WVIRBA.

Meade Dorsey Golf Classic

The Tournament is a four-person modified scramble with prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishes and includes fun contests such as closest to the hole and a hole in one. Should you need additional information, please contact us at 304-876-3325.

Wetland/Amphibian Walk

West Virginia University Professor Jim Anderson will lead us to and acquaint us with the frogs, toads, and other amphibians found in a variety of wetland habitats. Be prepared to get your shoes muddy. Appropriate for all ages. Free. Please pre-register for ALL activities 48 hours in advance at www.wvbg.org. Space is limited, register today! 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. 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.

Irish Road Bowling – Pipestem Resort State Park

Irish Road Bowling consists of a ball made of iron and steel that is heavy enough to pick up speed, yet small enough for any person to handle. Besides the basic rules and terms, all you do is hurl this 28 oz. sized "bowl" with an underhand motion over a 1 to 2 mile country road and see how far it goes! Scored like golf, the fewest number of shots from the start to the finish line wins. Irish Road Bowling is similar to fast pitch softball, except with a running start. It's also like bowling if you had enough room to run 10 or 15 yards. Irish Road Bowling is ideal for young athletes or seniors who are looking to enjoy a scenic walk on a country road, combined with an ancient and exciting, but not overly strenuous, sport! A magnificent view into the Bluestone River Gorge, Appalachian Spring colors in southern West Virginia, and one of the state's very best road bowling roads, combine for an unforgettable weekend. A second qualifier will be held at the Strawberry Festival near Buckhannon, May 20, 21. Top men and top women scorers from each qualifier - Pipestem and Strawberry - advance to the West Virginia IRBA Men's and Women’s Singles State Championship, June 23, 24, at Blackwater Falls State Park, Davis, WV. Saturday, April 21: 12 noon: Registration for Team Bowling. 1:30pm: Team Bowling starts at Park Gate House. Sunday, April 22: 11am: Team Fun Bowl meet at Park Gate House. 12 Noon: Registration at Campground. 1pm: Women's and Men's Qualifiers meet at Campground. Pipestem Resort call Kim Hawkins at 304-466-1800, email [email protected] or visit www.pipestemresort.com. Ask for Irish Road Bowlers discount. For WVIRBA Kevin Smith 304-228-7928.

Tour of Taylor County Bike Race

The Taylor County Adventure Club is pleased to announce the 1st Annual Tour of Taylor County Bike Race. This event will take place on 4 consecutive Saturdays: April 21 and 28, and May 5 and 12. The Taylor County Adventure Club promotes outdoor recreation such as rafting, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, hunting, and bike riding and engages communities, promotes physical health, and provides an outlet for recreation! T For more information, please call Bryan Smith at 304-709-0164.

Run for the River Triathlon

The start and finish line will be in Meadowood Park at the CRG River Center. The race will consist of the following legs: *A 3-mile run within Meadowood Park *An 8-mile bike ride from Tornado to Alum Creek (Note: The alternate bike route will be utilized due to a road closure on Coal River Rd.) *A 7-mile paddle from Alum Creek back to Meadowood Park. *A quick 1/4-mile run back to the finish line at the CRG River Center Register @ www.tristateracer.com.

35th Annual Sue Browning Wildflower Hike

Join the Woman’s Club of Omar and Chief Logan State Park for this annual wildflower hike/walk. Registration and a continental breakfast is at 8 a.m. Guided hikes begin at 9 a.m. To register or to learn more about the hike, send and email to [email protected] or call Lauren Cole at (304) 792-7125. Hike has a minimal fee. Hikes will begin at 9am and continue throughout the day. A catered lunch will be served at 12pm followed by an educational talk at 1 pm.

Spring STEAM Camp – Session 2: Grades 3-5

It’s spring break at the Garden! Join us for hands-on learning and inquiry-based investigations that incorporate science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Campers will build, create, collaborate, solve, and enjoy outdoor exploration at this spectacular time of year. Camps led by WVBG Education Director Erin Smaldone and WVBG Educator Stacy Clovis-Woofter. See WVBG website camp page for more information and to register. $35 for WVBG members, $45 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. 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.

Irish Road Bowling – Irish Spring Festival, Ireland, WV

Irish Road Bowling consists of a ball made of iron and steel that is heavy enough to pick up speed, yet small enough for any person to handle. Besides the basic rules and terms, all you do is hurl this 28 oz. sized "bowl" with an underhand motion over a 1 to 2 mile country road and see how far it goes! Scored like golf, the fewest number of shots from the start to the finish line wins. Irish Road Bowling is similar to fast pitch softball, except with a running start. It's also like bowling if you had enough room to run 10 or 15 yards. Irish Road Bowling is ideal for young athletes or seniors who are looking to enjoy a scenic walk on a country road, combined with an ancient and exciting, but not overly strenuous, sport! Ireland is West Virginia’s Irish road bowling “homeplace,” the origin and heart of WV Irish road bowling. All events are family friendly. Don't miss Saturday's parade, harp concert, and duck race. Time: Saturday road bowling begins at 2:30p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Location: Wildcat Road to Duffy Bridge, at 2.2 miles our longest course. For more information, visit http://wvirishroadbowling.com/schedule-events.html or call Road Master Denton King 304-452-8962.

Jingle Bell Run

5K Timed & Untimed $30; 1 Mile Walk $25; Kids Run $15; Prices increase $5 Sept. 1 and Nov. 1; Jingle in Your Jammies $30 Bring your furry friend and participate in our NEW Dog Costume Contest. Dress up too for a chance to win your own unique prize. There will be exhibits and a silent auction in the auditorium. Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. Kids Kandy Kane Fun Run at 8:30 a.m. Arty Elf and Olaf Snowman will be there to greet the kids! 5K Race and Walk begin at 9:00 a.m. Awards Ceremony at 10:00 a.m. Register at www.jbr.org/charlestonwv. For more information contact Cathy Schrader at 304-205-1514 or [email protected]

Friday Family Walk

Join WVBG Education Director Erin Smaldone on the second Friday of each month for a short story followed by a walk around the Garden concluding with a simple craft. This easy, casual walk is a great way for children and their caretakers to get outside and enjoy nature and the company of others. The trail will accommodate “off road” strollers. All ages. Free. Donations encouraged. Please register by Thursday, November 9. *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 - 2 hrs. Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities.

Tygart Lake State Park Irish Road Bowling

November 4 at 1:30 p.m. at Tygart Lake State Park, Grafton; www.tygartlake.com At Tygart Lake State Park, we discovered a beautiful road course through the woods along 10-mile long, 1750-acre Tygart Lake. Close to the start line, in Tygart Lodge, dine overlooking the lake. For lodge reservations, 304-265-6144 Road bowling contact: Pat Miller

Chief Logan State Park Irish Road Bowling

October 21 at 1:30 p.m. at Chief Logan State Park, Logan; www.chiefloganstatepark.com The WVIRBA adds a new sport, Irish Road Bowling, to the rich sports tradition of Logan, West Virginia's City of Champions. At 4,000-acre Chief Logan State Park with its outdoor amphitheater and wildlife center, you can loft a bowl beneath the statue of Logan, famous Chief of the Cuyoga -Mingos, or in the footsteps of Aracoma, legendary Princess of the Shawnees. Lodging at Chief Logan Lodge 304 855 6100. For info, contact Terry Mullins at 304-855-8591, or email [email protected], or Chief Logan State Park 304-792-7125.

Friday Family Walk

Join WVBG Education Director Erin Smaldone on the second Friday of each month for a short story followed by a walk around the Garden concluding with a simple craft. This easy, casual walk is a great way for children and their caretakers to get outside and enjoy nature and the company of others. The trail will accommodate “off road” strollers. All ages. Free.

Holly River State Park Irish Road Bowling

Holly River State Park Fall Challenge (& a Pig Roast), Hacker Valley, WV; www.hollyriver.com at 1:30 p.m. In a deep valley, one of the WVIRBA tour’s most beautiful roads, October colors, a trout stream, rhododendron thickets, a bridge to loft over, a massive stone pavilion for the medieval feast afterward. For info, call 304-493-6353 or email [email protected] Also 2010 & 2011 North American Region Ladies Longshot winner Marsha Jordan.

Preston County Buckwheat Festival Irish Road Bowling

Preston County Buckwheat Festival, Kingwood, WV; www.buckwheatfest.com Oct. 1 at 1:00 p.m. The WVIRB Association “Northern Wing” sponsors a terrific tournament with the best prize anywhere, a Buckwheat Pancake Breakfast for the winners. Loft a corner on Pleasant Dale Road and Greens Run Road, one of the best WVIRBA road courses in WV. Contact: Road Master Mark Wilt at 304-698-6817.

Fayetteville Fall Foraging Workshop & Hike

West Virginia and the Appalachian Mountains are a forager’s paradise. Join us for Fayetteville’s first Foraging event with our Fall Foraging Workshop & Hike on Saturday September 30th at Arrowhead Bike Farm. Fall is the perfect time to learn about the skills involved in foraging for wild food. Discover the delicacies that can be found in the woods. Roots, tubers, and shoots, greens, buds, and flowers are among the various plant structures that are available for harvesting. Follow a local legend the “Berry Man” Mitchel Dech as he leads our foraging hike. This event will be hands on exploring the trails of Arrowhead and the surrounding property to discover, discuss, and learn about edible plants in their habitats. Come prepared with comfortable shoes for moderate 2-mile hike. After the hike gather back on the deck for lunch on the bike farm. Enjoy some locally foraged snacks and tea. Interested in spending an afternoon with a great group of foragers? When: Saturday September 30th Time: 8:30 am to 1:00pm Where: Arrowhead Bike Farm Investment: $30; Lunch Included This event will take place rain or shine, and it will moderate hiking. Space for this event is limited in order to maximize the learning environment, and registration with payment in advance is required. To register, email [email protected]

Frankford Autumn Festival

Join in the Frankford community festivities celebrating the official arrival of fall -- arts and crafts, live music, food vendors, kids' games, demonstrations, parade through town and more!

3 areas in WV that grow flora usually found across the world

Have you heard of Ice Mountain? This 150-acre nature preserve in Hampshire County gets its name from an unusual geological

SportsFEST Glow Run 5K

ADMISSION:$15/$20/$25 based on registration date. The night race course starts on Capitol Street and runs along Kanawha Boulevard and back. Entry Fees: March 4 - May 1, 2017 $15.00 May 2 - July 9, 2017 $20.00 Day of race and can not guarantee t-shirt $25.00 Kids 7-12 years of age $12.00 6 and under (no T-shirt) Free

Wheeling Hibernians Irish Road Bowling Ohio Valley Championship

September 23 at 1:00 p.m.: Wheeling Hibernians Ohio Valley Championship, Wheeling; http://aohwheeling.shutterfly.com The Wheeling Hibernians IRB Tournament is the northern-most event on the WVIRBA Tour circuit. Centrally located in the Ohio River Valley, this tournament will be an easy drive from Pittsburgh or Columbus, Boggs Hill Road. Contact Craig O'Leary at 304-242-6196 or email [email protected] In September 2016, 737 bowlers made this WVIRBA event the largest Irish road bowling team tournament in the world. Entry fee includes barbecue afterwards, with live music.

Margaret Denison Fall Nature Walks

Say goodbye to summer and hello to fall! Choose from a series of guided hikes on a variety of topics led by knowledgeable naturalists. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase following the hikes. Registration begins at 8:30am at the swimming pool parking lot. Hikes will begin at 9am. The fee is $5 for adults and $2 for children to participate. More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1885761125026247??ti=ia

WVU Wind Symphony

The 50-member WVU Wind Symphony will present “a la Sousa,” a concert in the style of those performed by the John Philip Sousa Band in the early part of the 20th century.

Friday Family Walk

Join WVBG Education Director Erin Smaldone on the second Friday of each month for a short story followed by a walk around the Garden. This easy, casual walk is a great way for children and their caretakers to get outside and enjoy nature and the company of others. The trail will accommodate “off road” strollers. All ages. Free. * Registration for free programs is required by the Friday prior to the program. 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 [email protected] if you have any questions.

Full Moon Hike

Full Moon hikes at Cass Scenic Railroad are led hikes designed to encourage visitors to enjoy being outdoors in wintry and spring weather. Meet at the Visitor's Center at Cass, WV at 8:00p.m. There is no charge to participate. Hike guidelines include: • Fee free activity, but limited to 30 participants. • Preregistration is required. Use email link below or call. • Registration will be confirmed by hike leader. • Meet At The Visitor Center • Hike is approximately 3 miles total. • Walk begins from the Visitor Center to MM 79 On The Greenbrier River Trail and back. • Trail is crushed gravel and minimal grade change. • Dress for the weather. Boots or closed toes footwear, socks, layered outerwear is recommended. Oh! headwear and gloves could be handy. • Pack a water or snack. • Photography is permitted, but flash photography is not. We'll need to retain our night vision. • NO FLASHLIGHTS OR HEADLAMPS. Shining a bright flashlight will diminish your night vision for up to 30 minutes, limiting your view of the night sky and wildlife. You can bring a flashlight for the 'just in case' but refrain from shining – we'll let the moon and stars do that! • Participants should be believe they can complete three miles. You can do it! The Full Moon Hike group will remain together for the duration of the walk/hike. Safety first. • Children must be with a parent or guardian at all times. • Well behaved dogs are allowed. Dogs will rely on their human to keep them on leash and under control. • Due to limited participation (30), large groups (10 or more people) desiring to participate should contact the leader, email below. • Use Full Moon Hike miles as some of the miles hiking if you are enrolled in the WV State Park Hiking Program.

WV Enduro Series Championship

If you’re not familiar with Enduro bike racing, it’s time to check it out! This hybrid race combines cross country with downhill mountain biking for the ultimate adrenaline-fueled challenge.

Children’s Fun Run

The Charleston Distance Run's Children's Fun Run is for ages 4-12. The run will take place on Clendenin Street and will loop between Quarrier and Lee Streets. The distance of the race will be divided up into 3 different age groups. There is no cost to participate. On-site registration is available at Beni Kedem the day of located at 100 Quarrier Street. For more information or to pre-register contact Kesley Gilbert at (304)348-6860 or [email protected]

FreeFall Festival

The mountain comes alive this Labor Day weekend with free concerts, demos, brew fests, games and so much more. We’ll be celebrating the outdoor lifestyle all weekend long with this epic send off to summer.

Spartan Race: West Virginia Beast, Super, and Sprint Weekend

Spartan Race will be crowning the 2017 Spartan U.S. Championship Series winners AND first-ever age group champions here at the Summit Bechtel Reserve on August 26 and 27, 2017. The Spartan U.S. Championship Series will crown both individual race winners and an overall series champion based on cumulative points earned across the five race series and award more than $100,000 in cash and prizes. The Emmy-nominated series will once again be televised on NBCSN. As the final race in the Spartan U.S. Championship Series, The Ascent presented by Wild, Wonderful West Virginia will bring the most competitive field of athletes to test themselves on the most challenging course of the series. The Reebok Spartan Race: It's an event of pure primitive craziness that you'll never forget!

Spartan Race West Virginia Trifecta Weekend

The world's leading obstacle race series comes to West Virginia! All four Spartan Races will be offered over the course of the weekend; Beast, Super, Sprint, and Kids Races.

Night Time Zip Line Rides

Join Grand Vue Park for an evening of Aerial Adventure! Night time zip line rides are available on Saturday, August 19th starting at 9:00 p.m. Treat your family or group to the ride of a lifetime!

Italiano! Italian Festival

A celebration of West Virginia's Italian-American heritage, the festival will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19 on 4th Avenue between 8th and 10th streets.We will honor this rich heritage and the many Italian Americans that contribute to our local community to this day. Our celebration will focus on all things Italian—food, music, colors, FUN Returning to downtown Huntington in a flurry of red, white and green, the festival will be punctuated by the tastes of the area's Italian cuisine, live music, street performers and children's activities. For more information. please call (304) 523-6029.

Kayak the Kanawha

Bring your kayak or canoe to Daniel Boone Park and join other paddlers for a guided group river trip! For more information 304-348-6860 or email [email protected]

EVP Rocks the River

See elite athletes compete on the sand for top honors and have the chance to interact with the pros. The EVP® Beach Volleyball Tour’s primary aim is to support beach volleyball events that engage families, fans, athletes, students, communities and sponsors in a great day at the beach.

Parkersburg News and Sentinel Half Marathon and Two-Mile Race

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel Half Marathon begins at 8 a.m. in downtown Parkersburg and is the RRCA W.V. Championship. The rolling course will take you out of the city and into the scenic surroundings of West Virginia before looping back into the commercial area. You will finish the race to the cheers of thousands of spectators lined up on Market Street prior to the Parkersburg Homecoming Festival Parade. NEWS AND SENTINEL TWO MILE RACE: Starting line is at Third and Juliana streets at the Towne Square Parking Garage and the finish line is at Sixth and Market streets. The Two Mile Race is the RRCA West Virginia Championship. Race begins at 8:10 a.m. Awards will be presented at 10:30 a.m. at the Bicentennial Park area. Team trophies will also be awarded. All participants will receive a T-shirt. NEWS AND SENTINEL KIDS RACES: Aug. 20, 2017: Based on age, these events will have age- and gender-based races for children ages 11 and younger. The Tiny Tot Trot is for children ages 5 and under and the Junior Races are for children ages 6 to 11. The Tiny Tot Trot will start at 1 p.m. at Parkersburg High School’s Stadium Field and the Junior Races will follow. Runners in these races can register on race day starting at 11:30 a.m. and ending just prior to the start of the races. Participants may also pre-register by mail, online, or at the Runners Expo on Aug. 19. All participants will receive a medal and a T-shirt.

Bocce Tournament-West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival

Put your four-person team together and come out to the park. Teams are encouraged to wear a team shirt or "uniform". The Bocce court is covered and restrooms are right beside the court! Lunch is provided at the shelter on the property. Registration required.

Snowshoe Downhill Mountain Bike Race

Think you’ve got the guts to conquer the 1,500 foot vertical drop of Western Territory – and, more importantly, the skills to do it faster than the next guy or gal? This premier Snowshoe downhill race will test the best riders in the region on some of the toughest terrain around.

Pro Watercross National Championship / SportsFEST

The Pro Watercross Tour is the featured national circuit for personal watercraft racing. The Tour brings together the best professional and amateur athletes in the sport, on the most beautiful beaches and venues in the U.S.A., and offering the most challenging and technical race courses in the world. Pro Watercross creates the biggest, best watercross racing show in the world. ​​​​​​​ FRIDAY: Registration / Check-In: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. | on site Friday Night Pre Pit Party: 8:00 p.m. | TBA SATURDAY: Late Registration/Check-in: 6:45 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. | on site Pre-tech inspection: 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. | entrance to the beach Rider's Meeting Role Call: 8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. | at the announcing tower Rider's Meeting: 8:30 a.m. Practice: 9:15 a.m. Racing: Following practice Pro Show: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (moto 1) Post Pro Show: Amateur racing continues (motos 1&2) Saturday Night Pit Party: 8:00 p.m. | Hidden Trails Motorsports at 702 Morris St, Charleston, WV. Make sure you have your wristband on for entry into the "Saturday Night Pit Party" SUNDAY: Rider's Meeting Role Call: 8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. | at the announcing tower Rider's Meeting: 8:30 a.m. Amateur Racing: 9:15 a.m. (moto 3) Pro Show: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (motos 1&2) Post Racing: Awards NOTE: Pole positions is determined randomly by the computer program.

Perseids Meteor Shower with the Smart Center

The SMART Center will host a Meteor Shower on Saturday, August 12th from 11:30 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. at the Zip Line Base Camp. Tonight view the Perseids Meteor Shower and the constellations with the new 16” telescope. If you would like to schedule a private session or school trip with the Observatory please contact Robert and Libby Strong of the SMART Center at 304-233-4667.

Friday Family Walk

Join WVBG Education Director Erin Smaldone on the second Friday of each month for a short story followed by a walk around the Garden. This easy, casual walk is a great way for children and their caretakers to get outside and enjoy nature and the company of others. The trail will accommodate “off road” strollers. All ages. Free. Register online at www.wvbg.org. * Registration is required for workshops at least one week prior to the workshop. Registration for free programs is required by the Friday prior to the program. 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 [email protected] if you have any questions.

Thurmond Triathlon

Bring the entire family and come make memories in the heart of the New River Gorge. This beginner friendly triathlon starts at the historic Thurmond Train Depot, where participants will make their way across the bridge over the scenic New River and bike 2 miles to Stonecliff Beach. From there, the race moves to the New River for a 1.5 mile span of easy paddling on calm waters ( ducky boats are available with pre-registration). In the last leg of the race, racers will run from the Dun Glen Day Use Area and make their way back into Thurmond, running a 2-mile loop of the town.

McKee Sky Ranch All Brand Motorcycle Event

All Brands Motorcycle Event held at McKee Sky Ranch in Terra Alta, WV (Preston County). Activities include a swap meet, vintage bike display, dual sport ride, adventure ride, road ride, field meet, and AHRMA racing. See the website at www.mckeeskyranch.com and likes us on Facebook for details. Cost is $10.00 a day or all 4 days $30.00.

Cabell County Fair

Enjoying the Cabell County Fair each year has been a family tradition since 1983. Residents of the county may show their prize garden produce, livestock, and arts & crafts. The prime emphasis of the fair is to provide 4-H and FFA members the opportunity to exhibit their projects. Concerts, horse shows, carnival, pageants and much more guarantees fun for everyone!

Nitro Circus

Featuring 30 of the world's best extreme athletes in freestyle motocross, BMX and anything you can imagine with wheels! Plus a host of ridiculous contraptions being launched 50 ft. into the air, by the crazy Nitro daredevils.

Deep Roots Mountain Revival 2017

The festival takes place in Masontown, WV on the legendary Marvin’s Mountaintop providing a picturesque setting for three-days of camping, dancing and relaxing with friends. Patrons will be treated to top-tier Americana, Bluegrass, Rock and Jam music with regional visual artists, craft vendors and family-friendly activities. Children 10 and under are free. And new for 2017 – kids ages 11-15 are $50. Join us for another incredible weekend of camping, rhythm, roots, family, and fun!

2017 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships

Some of the country’s best mountain bikers will meet one of the most epic courses in the East during this year’s championship ride at Snowshoe Mountain. Riders of all ages will take on Cheat Mountain in pursuit of adrenaline, bragging rights, various titles and that coveted stars-and-stripes jersey. See schedule on website.

Mountain Bike Camp Womens Weekend

Learn to ride like a girl as women riders of all ability levels come together for a weekend of personal progression and skill building. New to biking? No problem. Already killing it on gnarly roots and rocks? That’s cool, too. We’ll break into groups according to skill level for one-on-one-like professional coaching in a team environment. Make new friends, reconnect with old ones and sling some mud too!

11th Annual Wheels of Hope Ride

This 11th annual race features three routes ranging from 29 to 107 miles, each traversing paved country roads with farmland views and mountain vistas. All rides begin and end in historic Lewisburg, voted "The Coolest Small Town in America" in 2011 by Budget Travel magazine. Ride will begin and end at the WVSOM on N. Lee Street in downtown Lewisburg.

4th of July in Petersburg

"A Tribute to Elvis" by William Stiles at the Landes Arts Center. Sponsored by the City of Petersburg. Tickets available at: City of Petersburg Office Judy's Drug Store Grant County Parks and Recreation Office Tickets: $12.00 Tuesday, Jul 4, 2017 Where: Petersburg City Park and Tri-County Fairgrounds Tuesday at City Park enjoy a car show, flag ceremony, Inflatables for kids, Pony Rides, Horseshoe Contest and Free Swim starting at 1pm at the City Pool. See our website for a full lineup of activities and entertainment for the 4th of July! www.visitgrantcounty.com

DAWG Dazzle

93.7 the DAWG presents an evening of live music and a fireworks extravaganza at Harris Riverfront Park. Gates open at 5 p.m. Visit www.937thedawg.com for more information.

Princeton Rays’ Opening Day

Watch the Princeton Rays’ take on the Bristol Pirates for the 2017 home opener at H. P. Hunnicutt Field.

Bluefield Blue Jays Season Opener

Watch the Blue Jays as they battle the Burlington Royals in the first home game of the season at Bowen Field.

Young Birders Walk

It's never too early to become a birder! This walk will introduce children of all ages and their parents to the wonder and joy of birds and bird watching. Bring binoculars and a bird guide if you have them. This walk is offered in conjunction with the Avian Conservation Center's Young Birders Club and will be led by ACCA Director Katie Fallon. All ages. Free. Please register online at www.wvbg.org by the Friday prior to the event.

WV Bass Federation Championship

The West Virginia Bass Federation (WVBF) is a state wide organization which formed and affiliated with the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society of Montgomery, Alabama in 1973. Presently, the WVBF has approximately 800 members in 64 clubs throughout the State of West Virginia. We are currently affiliated with The BASS Federation (TBF) as a shareholder. Initially, The WVBF was formed to stimulate public awareness of bass fishing as a major sport, to offer the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources our organized moral and political support and encouragement, to promote full adherence to all conservation codes and to demand adequate water standards and detect and report any polluter and call public and political attention to crime, to improve our skill as bass anglers through fellowship and friendly exchange of expert bass catching techniques and ideas, to promote and encourage youth fishing and love for this great recreation and to function as a dynamic and effective link with individual chapters and other federations embracing the principles and purposes of TBF. President John Burdette P.O Box 418 Buckhannon, WV 26201 (304) 472-3600 (W) (304) 472-6221 (H) [email protected] Vice-President Jody Green 111 Fox Run Road Oak Hill, WV 25901 304-539-1823 [email protected] Communications Director Jim Matuga 224 Horizon Drive Morgantown, WV 26508 304-288-1503 [email protected]

GNCC Motorcycle & ATV Racing Series

The toughest, most spectacular and most unique race on the whole GNCC tour, the race is set in the upscale ski village at Snowshoe, West Virginia’s largest ski resort. The soil of Snowshoe is a black loamy dirt that is absolutely incredible in the dry spots, then sticky and nasty when it's wet. Couple that with the rocks, roots, and everything else and it's no wonder why Snowshoe is so tough. In the tradition of the old Blackwater, which was known as “America's Toughest Race,” the Snowshoe GNCC is the ultimate test for a cross-country racer. Luckily, the course also features a few miles of open ski slopes which offer a much-needed rest. The surroundings are not only several steps above the typical GNCC course, they’re also plusher than many luxury resorts. The array of hotels, shops and restaurants provide plenty of entertainment off the race track, and the facility also hosts an amazing golf course and some of the best mountain bike trails in the country. But once the riders are on the course, everything beautiful disappears. A few miles of the course make up simply the roughest, toughest section of GNCC track you’ll see all year. Deep mud bogs, massive tree roots and hills going both up, and down, are enough to stop almost everyone, and if not for the help of the ever determined Howard's Hole “mud fleas” (GNCC fans) some sections may not be passable at all.

Native Orchids Tour

Guest speaker Charles Garrett will give a photo presentation and talk on native orchids. Followed by a trip to the Cranberry Glades and surrounding area to look at various orchids. Bring a lunch, notepad, and camera. Be prepared for rain and be out all day.

Hilly Billy Roubaix

The HBR is a 72"ish" mile dirty road bicycle race in the hollers and on the hills around Morgantown, West Virginia and South Western Pennsylvania, or as we like to call it, West Pennsylginia! The course consists of dirt roads, paved roads, gravel roads and even a few roads that have been abandoned by the State of West Virginia. Don't be mistaken, many have, it is 70+ miles of backroads, dozens of steep climbs, technical gravel descents, one small creek crossing and in case you missed it, a few abandoned roads! The challenging terrain, mud, dirt and the distance of the Hilly Billy Roubaix is not for everyone, but the challenge sure is rewarding! Registration limited to first 500 riders. Mass Start at 10:00 am! There will be CUT OFF TIMES at Aid Station #1, #2, #3 and #4. This must be done, as we cannot ask our volunteers to spend 9+ hours on the side of the road. Please be aware and understanding of this fact. ~ Aid Station #1 cut off time – 1 pm. ~ Aid Station #2 cut off time – 2 pm. ~ Aid Station #3 cut off time – 3:30 pm. ~ Aid Station #4 cut off time – 5:30 pm. Course Information: Course map – https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1190210598

Music in the Mountains Bluegrass Festival

37th Annual Music in the Mountains Bluegrass Festival June 21-June 24, 2017. This is an outdoor festival. A Pavilion is available at the rear of the concert area. Bring your own chairs - Chairs may be set out on a first come first served basis. By mail: Adams Bluegrass, LLC PO Box 98 Dahlonega, GA 30533 e-mail: [email protected] By phone: 706-864-7203 Office 706-265-0655 Cell

Arthurdale Heritage Goat Gallop 5K

Gallop through history with homestead goats! Run, walk, or roll through Arthurdale's beautiful historic district dotted with original New Deal homesteads--and gallop past the homestead goats! Visit the historic grounds, run and play with our goats, and join us to celebrate the homestead life with the whole family. Join us after the races for other fun family activities including playing with the goats, games for kids, and much more. Healthy snacks and refreshments to recharge your body will be provided. Pre-registration rate--$20--available through June 3; registration is $25 after June 3 until race day. Pre-registration guarantees an event t-shirt.

Beginners Guide to Plant Identification

On this walk with Research Botanist Cindy Huebner, participants will be introduced to the basics of plant identification and learn to identify several plant species with a focus on trees and shrubs. The walk will be followed by a short slide presentation reviewing what was seen in the field. Most appropriate for adults and older children. Free. Register online at www.wvbg.org. * Registration for free programs is required by the Friday prior to the program. 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 [email protected] if you have any questions.

Forest Understory Plants and their Associated Canopy Species

Research Botanist Cindy Huebner will lead a walk focusing on the identification of herbaceous plants and tree seedlings located in forest understories. We will also cover diversity and plant composition patterns found in particular forest types. Most appropriate for adults. Free. Register online at www.wvbg.org. * Registration for free programs is required by the Friday prior to the program. 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 [email protected] if you have any questions.

Color Me Au-Some 5K Run/Walk

The Color Me Au-Some 5K Run Walk is an event with a fun and colorful twist for local children with autism who attend Augusta Levy Learning Center, West Virginia’s premier autism treatment program. Color Me Au-Some 5K Run Walk is a fun run/walk where participants are covered, coated, swathed, and plastered with color bombs of dry tempera paint powder at stations throughout the course. (PLEASE NOTE: TEMPERA POWDER CONTAINS EGGS). Participants are encouraged to wear white t-shirts to the run/walk to fully engage in the “color me process.” Sunglasses will be provided. Packet pick up Friday June 9th at Heritage Port from 4-7 p.m. and prior to race from 7-8 a.m. at Heritage Port. Color Me Au-Some 5K will take place Saturday, June 10th at 8:30 a.m. at Heritage Port. The race will start at 8:30 a.m. Following the race there will be refreshments, door prizes, music and photo booth by DJ Nick Arno, and an awards ceremony.

Bikes & BBQ

1st Annual Backyard BBQ Cook-off and Bike Tour of Mason County. Enjoy some of the area’s best home cookin’, live music, and take a ride through the beautiful countryside of Mason County. Bike rides - 42 mile, 20 mile and 6 mile options. BBQ Cook-off - BBQ teams $50.00, ride and eat $25.00, taste and vote $5.00. Presented by Point Pleasant Parks and Recreation and Point Pleasant Bike Trail.

Spring Bird Walk

Join local birder LeJay Graffious on an early morning bird walk. We will be birding by eye and ear to search in the bushes and boughs for our feathered friends. Bring binoculars if you have them. All ages. Free. Register online at www.wvbg.org * Registration for free programs is required by the Friday prior to the program. 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 [email protected] if you have any questions.

Hatfield McCoy Marathon

The Hatfield McCoy Marathon was founded in 2000 and sponsored by the Tug Valley Road Runners Club. Our inaugural race began with just 13 runners. Now we welcome over 1,000 runners! So, whether you want to complete the full 26.2 miles, 13.1, a double half, or even a 5K, the Hatfield McCoy Marathon has a run for you! Oh yeah, if you are a "50 Stater" you can choose either West Virginia or Kentucky as the race state because you'll be running through BOTH! Ranked one of The Weather Channel's Toughest Marathons, Road Runner Magazine's Most Fun Races, RRCA Championship Race, and Red Bull's Must Have Medals.

Snowshoe Foundation Golf Tournament

The annual Snowshoe Foundation Golf Tournament tees off at the beautiful Raven Golf Club where scenic vistas meet challenging holes. The best part: even if you don’t win the game, you’ll contribute to improving quality of life in the region by supporting health, human services, education, recreation, the arts, culture and environmental programs.

Ronceverte River Festival

Kicking off Thursday evening, this four-day event is chock full with parades, vendors, carnival rides, free concerts at the amphitheater, and of course, fireworks and the Great Rubber Duck Race on the Greenbrier River.