Elk River Festival
CLAY, W.Va. -- Two days of wet, wacky fun is promised for the Elk River Festival May 31 and June 1 on Main Street in Clay.
The festival will feature fine art and crafts, children's activities, food and more. Special events include an Anything That Floats But a Boat race, a boat race down Main Street, catapult catfish contest, Mr. Bottom Feeder Pageant, rubber duck race, parade of boats, a Captain's Ball and fireworks. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and WVU Extension Service will present clinics.
The festival will be capped off June 1 with the Elk River Challenge, a 23-mile triathlon for solo racers or three-person teams. For more information, call 304-587-4166 or 304-941-2161 or visit http://elkriverpedalandpaddle.com/elk-river-fest.html.
POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. -- The Brigade of the American Revolution will take place June 1 at Fort Randolph in Point Pleasant.
The Brigade is a living-history association dedicated to re-creating the life and times of the common soldier of the American War for Independence, which took place from 1775-1783. Members represent elements of all the armies then involved plus civilian men, women and children.
POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. -- The 250th anniversary of Cornstalk's Raid will be a Commemoration History Alive program June 1 at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park, Point Pleasant.
The Shawnee warrior raided the western Virginia Euro-American settlements in the Trans-Allegheny region in 1763. He conducted one of the most successful military campaigns of Pontiac's War against the British colonies.
Activities begin at 10 a.m. Contact the park at 304-675-0869 or email tuendiewe...@wv.gov for additional information.
Greenbrier River rides
DUNMORE, W.Va. -- Rides on a hitching wagon or in a stagecoach are being offered along the Greenbrier River this summer.
EJ Cottages and Overnite Stabling restored a hitching wagon and are offering Dinner Wagon rides on the first Saturday of each month, beginning in June. The wagon leaves Sitlington at 1 p.m. and travels north along the Greenbrier River Trail, stopping for a chicken dinner at 2 p.m. and returning at 5 p.m.
Picnic rides also will be offered. The stagecoach leaves Sitlington at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. each Thursday, Friday and Saturday (except for the first Saturday of each month) throughout the summer. The Picnic Wagon rides require reservations. Call 304-456-4319 or visit www.ejcottages.net.
Trout fest at Snowshoe
SNOWSHOE, W.Va. -- West Virginia Trout Unlimited will present the first Mountain State Trout Festival June 1-3 at Snowshoe Mountain Resort in Pocahontas County.
Activities and attractions include: campout and barbecue, trout vendor exposition, seminars, spin-casting competition, fly tying race and one-fly competition. Rules and additional details are posted at www.wvtu.org/mountain-state-trout-festival.html or call 304-965-7158 for more information.
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. -- Five historic houses and gardens will be showcased during the Victorian Home and Garden Tour and Tea from 1 to 5 p.m. May 31 and June 1 in Julia-Ann Square Historic District.
To celebrate West Virginia's 150th birthday, current residents will portray several former residents at their homes, such as a few of the "founding fathers" -- Sen. Peter Van Winkle, Govs. Arthur I. Boreman and William E. Stevenson, and Joseph H. Diss Debar, designer of the state seal.
There will be a Victorian Tea on the lawn of one of the homes. The price is $15 for adults; children 10 and younger accompanied by an adult will be admitted free. Call 304-422-9861 or 304-485-7184 or visit www.juliannsquare.org for more information.
Cass on top-10 list
CASS, W.Va. -- TrainTraveling.com cites Cass Scenic Railroad State Park on its list of the 10 best U.S. tourist trains.