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 or call Road Master Denton King 304-452-8962.

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.

Alderson 4th of July

Friday, June 30 7-11pm: Fireman’s Rodeo – Alderson Memorial Football Field Saturday, July 1: 7:30am – Run for Snacks 5k (Walk or Run) -- Alderson Public Library 11am – Cornhole Tournament – Alderson Memorial Football Field 12pm – All-American Baking Contest – Alderson Community Center Kitchen 1pm – Horse Show – Glen Ray City Building 6:30pm – 4th of July Banquet – Alderson Community Center Sunday, July 2: 12pm – White Water Canoe Race – Fort Spring 7pm – Gospel Sing – Alderson Memorial Football Field Monday, July 3: 7-10pm – 7-Mile Ford Band – Alderson Memorial Field Tuesday, July 4: 9am-3pm – Throttle Throbs Car Show – Old Greenbrier Baptist Church Lot 10:30am – Grand Parade (lineup starts at 8am at Alderson Elementary School) 1pm – Presentation of Colors – Alderson Memorial Football Field 7-10pm – The Worx Band – Alderson Memorial Football Field Wednesday, July 5: 6pm – Ducks on the River Rubber Duck Race – Alderson Mini Park

John Henry Days

John Henry is a beloved folk hero known for having raced against a steam powered drill to prove worth of using the crew of men rather than machine and to hopefully, preserve the rail workers' jobs. He proudly fought and won the epic battle, only to die in victory with his hammer in his hand. His legend is a reminder that America and all of its successes and advancements were buillt by everyday heroes like John Henry. John Henry Days is an annual 3-day festival held on the second weekend of July. The festival starts on Friday night with a concert at the stage near the Great Bend Tunnel and ends on Sunday with the Rubber Duck Race at the Talcott bridge. For more information on John Henry Days, check out their website at: