WANT TO GO?
The Vandalia Gathering
WHERE: Capitol Complex grounds
WHEN: 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. Saturday
INFO: 304-558-0220 or www.wvculture.orgCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Longtime fans of West Virginia's Vandalia Gathering will probably notice a few changes this weekend when the annual West Virginia culture and music celebration returns to the Capitol grounds.
It's going to be a little smaller.
"You won't see the craft vendors," said Caryn Gresham, deputy commissioner at the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. "We'll still have those great food vendors and the young gun's tent with lots of activities for the kids, but the dance stage, where people can go and clog, won't be there either, or the Liar's contest.
"All of that is being moved to the Sesquicentennial in June."
It's also a day shorter. No activities are planned for Sunday.
Not everyone is going to be happy about that, but Gresham said with Vandalia's plans to take part in West Virginia's 150th birthday celebration June 20-23, it was necessary to scale back.
Fans of the festival aren't losing a day; they're actually gaining three. Plus Gresham said the June portion would be a great opportunity to reach out to people coming to Charleston for FestivALL, some of whom may not really know what the Vandalia Gathering is all about.
She said, "With FestivALL going on at the same time, we feel like it's a great chance to show people there's a lot of things to see here in West Virginia."