Travel Notes: Aug. 4, 2013
New paintball complex
OAK HILL, W.Va. -- ACE Adventure Resort is opening its new paintball complex to the public on Friday and Saturday evenings. Reservations aren't required.
"Our goal at ACE has always been to provide adventures that energize, challenge and inspire," said Brandon Shaw, project supervisor for the complex. "Opening the course to guests who aren't necessarily lodging with us or rafting with us accomplishes all that and more."
Completed less than a month ago, the two-field complex incorporates more than 2,000 railroad ties recycled for use in the construction of its bunkers and other field structures.
Shaw said resort officials are already considering an expansion into adjacent areas of the 1,500-acre resort, which is located within and adjacent to the New River Gorge National River.
The paintball complex will be open to the walk-in public from 6 p.m. until dark Fridays and Saturdays. Rates are $25 per adult and include the use of a paintball gun, a protective facemask, and a hopper full of paintballs. Camouflage jumpsuits are available for rent for $3 per person.
"Walk-in players may also bring their own equipment and pay a field-use fee of $10," Shaw said.
For more information or to reserve the facility, call 800-787-3982 or visit www.aceraft.com.
Mason County Fair
POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. -- The 52nd Mason County Fair begins Aug. 5 and continues through Aug. 10 on Fairgrounds Road, Point Pleasant.
The fair will feature exhibits, livestock shows, pageants, contests, entertainment, motocross races, tractor and truck pulls and a carnival. The antique tractor pull takes place at 6 p.m. Aug. 8.
Special hours for the West Virginia State Farm Museum will be 1 to 5 p.m. Fair hours are 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. For more information, contact the fair office at 304-675-5463 or Brian Billings at 304-675-6633 or Nickki Hunt 304-675-0499. Visit www.masoncountyfairwv.com for the complete schedule.
ELKINS, W.Va. -- The Augusta Heritage Center Festival caps off the summer season with a weekend of traditional dance, crafts and music.
The festival begins at 8 p.m. Aug. 9 with contras and squares in the Augusta open-air pavilion. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 10, free family-style activities will take place in Elkins City Park, including a juried craft fair, hands-on activities for children, music, food concessions and environmental exhibits.
Dr. Ralph Stanley with Nathan Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys will headline the final Augusta concert of the summer on Aug. 10 at the Davis & Elkins College amphitheater (rain location is the Harper-McNeeley Auditorium). The gate will open at 5:30 p.m. and the show starts at 6 p.m. Admission is $20.
Visit www.augustaheritagecenter.org or call 304-637-1245 for the schedule and additional information.
State Fair opens Aug. 9
FAIRLEA, W.Va. -- The State Fair of West Virginia opens Aug. 9 and continues through Aug. 17 at the state fairgrounds in Fairlea.
As always, there will be livestock judging, horse shows, competitive exhibits, agricultural education, food vendors, concerts and carnival rides. Additional attractions and activities include strongman competition, comedic hypnotist, All American Stunt and Thrill Show, Swifty Swine Pig Races, First Bite (tank fishing), Rowdy Rooster Puppet Show, Moo-U, Dairy Birthing Center, Heritage Village, harness racing and draft horse pull. Local and national entertainers will appear nightly.
For the complete schedule or additional information, visit www.statefairofwv.com or call 304-645-1090. To purchase tickets, call 800-514-3849.
HILLSBORO, W.Va. -- Pretty Penny Café in Hillsboro is holding its Reggae SunFest at 2 p.m. Aug. 10.
Three bands will perform, including Shawn Owen's band from Annapolis, Md. Owen is a Pocahontas County native and snowboarder-turned-songwriter. Other groups include Lazy Man Dub Band from Roanoke, Va., and I-Vibes Original from St. Augustine, Fla.
Visit www.prettypennyfood.com for tickets.
Brew Skies Festival
THOMAS, W.Va. -- The Brew Skies Festival, dedicated to great music and West Virginia craft beers, is scheduled for Aug. 9 and 10 at Canaan Valley Resort State Park.
Mountain State Brewing Co., in Thomas, organizes the family-friendly festival, which includes beers from a number of microbreweries in West Virginia as well as local, regional and national musical acts.
Highlighted performers include Baltimore's J. Roddy Walston & The Business; the soulful Luella & The Sun from Nashville, Tenn.; and Alabama-based singer-songwriter Grayson Capps.
Music will go from 3 p.m. to midnight Aug. 9 and 11 a.m. to midnight Aug. 10.
Tickets for the entire weekend of music are $50; $30 for a one-day pass. Tickets can be ordered in advance for $40. To buy tickets or for more information, visit www.brewskiesfestival.com or call 304-463-4500.
SNOWSHOE, W.Va. -- Snowshoe Mountain Resort is host to two major food and music festivals this month.
Its annual Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival is Aug. 9 and 10. Entertainment on the village stage starts at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9 and 11:30 a.m. Aug. 10. Bands include Fat Daddy's Blues Band, Dennis Grueling, Doug Grueling and the Jewel Tones and the Rusty Wright Band.
Tickets cost $30.
The Taste of the Mountain Food, Wine and Jazz Festival takes place Aug. 16 and 17. The event begins with a champagne and dessert reception at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16.
A wine seminar and grand tasting is set for Aug. 17. Musical entertainment will be provided by Jimmy Masters Quartet, Shane Meade and the Sound, and The Mill Street Ramblers. The weekend will close with fireworks.
Tickets cost $20; after Aug. 5, $30. To buy tickets for both events, visit www.snowshoemtn.com.