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.
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.
- Community Building 115 Brown Ave Kingwood, WV 26537 in Kingwood, WV.
Though originally held in honor of the local cash crop of buckwheat, this modern day September weekend celebration features everything from chicken dinners to hamburgers, hotdogs and cotton candy. In keeping with tradition, guests may enjoy authentic homemade buckwheat pancakes for breakfast. The festival also has a carnival, livestock displays, live music and a variety of exhibits.
- Oglebay Resort 465 Lodge Dr. Wheeling, WV 26003 in Wheeling, WV.
The community ushers in fall with this annual event that takes place at various locations around Wheeling during the first weekend of October. Visitors find a wide selection of locally grown gourmet foods along with 100 artisans displaying their wares near the Mansion Woods. Various restaurants around the community plan on settings up stands to serve beverages and a variety of food. Attend the dance, the parade and enjoy the fireworks show.