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Festivals of West Virginia


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Music is always a feature for festivals in West Virginia. Each August, Lewisburg hosts the West Virginia State Fair which includes traditional events as well as live music. The West Virginia State Folk Festival, in Glenville, and Summersville’s Music in the Mountains bluegrass festival draw music lovers from all around in the summer months. Daredevils and spectators attend the October Bridge Day celebration at the New River Gorge. While parachute jumpers and rappellers fling themselves over the bridge’s sides, visitors can enjoy entertainment, food, and crafts on the world’s longest steel arch bridge.

Civil War Weekend at Summersville is celebrated with a reenactment of the Battle of Carnifex Ferry and living history demonstrations. Meanwhile, in early June troops muster in Philippi to commemorate the first land battle of the Civil War. Fort New Salem Heritage Workshops, held each summer at Salem, feature blacksmithing, textile work, hearth cooking, and other skills from the pioneer period. Festivals recognizing the role of immigrants in West Virginia include the Italian Heritage Festival, in Clarksburg, and the Helvetia Community Fair, both in September. Two popular events held in Charleston each year are the Vandalia Gathering, celebrating the state’s multiple heritages, during the Memorial Day holiday, and the Charleston Sternwheel Regatta, held during the Labor Day holiday. "West Virginia" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia.

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