Although it was originally a part of Virginia, the state of West Virginia continues to forge its own independent path. West Virginia's attractions are often overshadowed by its bigger neighbors, but those who spend time in the state will experience amazing sights, festivals, events and cultural attractions. The state features a diverse range of landscapes, making it a popular place to experience the wonders of the outdoors.
Starting the last weekend in July and spanning for an entire five days, music lovers and musicians gather to celebrate the stringed instruments that create the music of Appalachia. Attend live concerts, workshops and contests along with dances and sing-a-longs. The listed activities include everything from getting the chance to weave baskets or make stools to attending a Yoga class or playing bingo. Locals also present live predatory bird demonstrations.
This extravagant nine day event starts during the second week of August and provides all of the fun and thrills that one would expect from a state fair. Considered by many to be a five-star event, the fair always has something for everyone whether born and raised in the country or the big city. Walk through the hundreds of animal exhibits, cheer at the rodeo, ride the carnival rides and see the many live demonstrations and shows. Enjoy the selection of carnival foods and see big name entertainment provided at nightly concerts.
Get a taste of authentic Appalachian culture during this annual August weekend event. Approximately 100 artisans display a variety of crafts made for generations. See everything from needlework and sewing to pottery and woodworking. Indulge on some traditional down home mountain cuisine and enjoy the foot stomping music. Tour a coal mine, embark on a ghost hunt and learn a little bit of community history.
Every year, guests of numerous cultures come together on the last weekend of August to commemorate the Italian-American heritage of the community by participating in a variety of events. Dare to enter the meatball or pasta eating contests, sample a glass of vino in the wine garden and attend concerts provided by celebrity entertainment. Best of all, take in the aroma and the flavors of authentic Italian foods.
- Sam Michaels Park 1330 Job Corps Road Shenandoah Junction, WV 25442 in Shenandoah Junction, WV.
Despite the age of technology, this end of September event features the talents of 200 artisans demonstrating and displaying numerous unique hand-made crafts and talents that mountain people used for hundreds of years. See everything from needlework and jewelry making to furniture creations and pottery. Along with the tented showcases, guests have the chance to taste wine made at local wineries, hear authentic bluegrass music and sample the food.
This one-day event held at the end of September brings the community together for a day of fun and frolic. Have fun at the pumpkin pie eating contest or participate in a fitness run. Enjoy a slew of popular fall weather foods and listen to the music while the kids engage in specially planned activities that include pumpkin painting. Other scheduled contests include a dog show, a youth talent show and a pumpkin cook-off. There are many different activities especially planned for guests young and old.