Tourism Adventure in West Virginia July 23, 2012 – August 02, 2012
Wild & Wonderful MountainFest Motorcycle Rally: July 25-28, Morgantown
Morgantown and MountainFest offers bikers the ultimate in rally experience-complete with small town charm and hospitality. The event includes 4 days of riding, music, food and great fun! Contact 304.284.8244 or 800.458.7373 or visit www.wvmountainfest.com for additional information.
30th Upper Ohio Valley Italian Festival: July 27-29, Wheeling
The Upper Ohio Valley Italian Festival promotes and preserves the ethnic heritage of the Italian people. It is a free 3-day event featuring live music, cultural demonstrations, Gnocchi making, wine making, international foods, rides & games, Bocce, dancing, arts & crafts, fireworks and fun for everyone! Visit www.italyfest.com or contact 304.233.1090 for more information.
Cherry River Festival: July 27 – August 01, Richwood
Come and join us in some good old-fashioned fun that began as the “Spud and Splinter Festival” over 50 years ago. This week-long festival includes queens, aquacade activities at the pool, craft show, food vendors, 5K walk/run, 10K run, nightly entertainment, a parade on Saturday and lots more! For more information, contact 304.846.9114 or visit www.richwoodchamberofcommerce.org.
Irish Road Bowling at Cacapon: July 28, Cacapon Resort State Park, Berkeley Springs
This sport is similar to fast pitch softball, except with a running start. It 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. 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 11:30
AM. Visit www.cacaponresort.com or contact 304.258.1022 for more information.
West Virginia Hotdog Festival: July 28, Pullman Square and downtown, Huntington
Its national hot dog month and we welcome you, your family and the family dog, to attend the annual WV Hot Dog Festival! Activities include: hot dog eating contest, root beer chugging contest, all-breed dog races, annual wiener dog races at high noon, all-breed dog costume contest and pooch parade, dog/owner look-alike contest, car and truck show, Buns on Bikes Tour, homemade hot dog sauce competition, 5K Bun Run & Walk, live music and entertainment all day, kids contests and activities, displays, prizes, demonstrations, crafts, shopping and an opportunity to sample all of these wonderfully delicious hot dogs (as much as you can eat!) We showcase a dozen of the top hot dog businesses in the Tri-State region, all in one place for the day—so it’s easy to sample! Visit www.wvhotdogfestival.com or contact 304.525.7788x154 for more information.
Chief Logan Hunting and Fishing Expo: July 28 & 29, Chief Logan Conference Center, Logan
Enjoy this day filled with hunting and fishing vendors, fishing pond, food vendors, and archery demonstrations by Frank Addington, Jr. Chris Walls, two-time Grand National Turkey calling Champion and outdoor videographer, will present hunting and turkey calling demonstrations and tutorials. Additional activities include: air rifle shooting range, bird dog demonstrations with Bob Fala, “Birds of Prey” presented by the WV Raptor Rehabilitation Center, Hawg Trough, archery contest and much more! Hours are Saturday 9:00
AM – 7:00 PM and Sunday 10:30 AM – 4 PM. Onsite parking is available. For more information, visit www.chiefloganexpo.com or contact 304.752.1324.
Tri-County Fair: July 28 – August 04, Petersburg
Come out and enjoy the 92nd Tri-County Fair where Grant, Hardy and Pendleton Counties join together in celebration. Activities include horse show games, Draft Horse pull, livestock exhibits, pageants, farm shows, tractor pulls, Texaco Country Showdown, pedal power contest, carnival rides, pig scramble, good ole country games, food vendors, gospel music, local and international musical entertainment including Doug Stone on August 4th. Visit www.tri-countyfairwv.com or contact 304.538.2278 for additional information.
Wirt County Fair: August 01- 04, Elizabeth
This is your typical county fair where everyone and every age can have a wonderful time! Activities include: livestock show & sale, pretty baby contest, mother-daughter look-alike contest, kiddie peddle pull, ATV rodeo, mud bog, truck pulls, garden tractor speed pulls, carnival, food vendors, corn hole tournament, arm wrestling contest, hay bale throwing contest, horseshoe pitching contest, skillet throwing contest, nail driving contest, talent show, local and national musical entertainment and much more! Contact 304.275.3101 or visit www.wirtcountyfair.com for more information.
Appalachian String Band Music Festival: August 01-05, Camp Washington Carver, Clifftop
The Appalachian String Band Music Festival is a five-day mountaintop gathering of string-band musicians and friends featuring contests, concerts, workshops, square dances, camping and hymn-sing. West Virginia masters are presented to an audience of more than 3,000 musicians and string band music lovers from around the world. Visit www.wvculture.org or contact 304.438.3005 for more information.
16th Annual Blackberry Festival: August 02-04, Clarksburg City Park, Clarksburg
This great 3-day festival has lots of wonderful blackberry dishes, handmade crafts, novelty items and gifts, 5-K Run, pet parade, classic and collector car cruise-in, blackberry pie and cobbler baking contest, talent contest, musical entertainment, carnival and games and fireworks. Free admission, parking and entertainment. Contact 304.623.2381 or 304.622.3206 or visit www.wvblackberry.com or email for additional information.
West Virginia’s Largest Yard Sale: August 03 & 04, throughout Lewis and Upshur Counties
Each August, thousands of people scour the site of WV’s Largest Yard Sale to fulfill their favorite summer pastime in hopes of finding some forgotten treasure. Yard Sale Official Maps will be available the week of the yard sale at local hotels for overnight guests, gas stations, local restaurants or the local visitor center. Hours are 8:00
AM – 4:00 PM. For additional information, contact 304.473.1400 or visit www.visitbuckhannon.org.
Multifest: August 03-05, State Capitol Complex, Charleston
Multifest is one of West Virginia’s most beloved annual celebrations. It is a free, educational family-oriented event highlighting cultural diversity. It is known for invigorating all of the senses with the pleasures of its open-air heritage offering soul-stirring music, luscious food, superior traditional and contemporary crafts along with enhancing evening concerts and community service. Contact 304.421.1585 or visit www.multifestwv.com for additional information.
New River Gorge Challenge Weekend: August 04 & 05, Multiple Locations in Thurmond & Fayetteville
A weekend of outdoor competition, the New River Gorge Challenge, is 28.5 miles of the most extreme whitewater, mountain biking and running on the East Coast. August 5th brings family fun to the historic town of Thurmond with the Thurmond Triathlon, a family friendly beginner triathlon. For more information, visit www.newrivergorgechallenge.com or contact 304.574.2337.