Travel Notes: June 30, 2013
50th Art & Craft Fair
RIPLEY, W.Va. -- The 50th Annual Mountain State Art & Craft Fair opens July 4 and continues through July 6 at Cedar Lakes Conference Center.
More than 150 artisans will be on hand to sell and demonstrate a variety of products from wood, glass, metal and one-of-a-kind clothing to fine art and more. Each day, a variety of music and other forms of traditional Appalachian entertainment will be performed at multiple locations on the fairgrounds.
Families activities include interactive artisan booths, storytelling and drawing workshops for children, an authentic cornmeal grinding mill and working sawmill.
Food choices encompass hot buckwheat cakes, barbecue, roasted ears of corn, beans and corn bread, apple dumplings, blackberry cobbler, homemade ice cream and kettle corn. Specialty foods made by the state's culinary artists will be for sale.
Fair hours will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Visit www.msacf.com or call 304-372-3247 for more information.
First Friday in Lewisburg
LEWISBURG, W.Va. -- First Fridays after Five takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. July 5 in historic downtown Lewisburg.
Bella the Corner Gourmet will offer samples from two West Virginia wineries and cheese from Spring Gap Mountain Creamery. Wolf Creek Gallery will feature handmade jewelry by Elizabeth Wickline.
Live music will be performed at the Greenbrier Valley Visitors Center by the Strum Sum Band, at the Irish Pub by Patrick O'Flaherty, at Plants Etc. by Django Burroughs and at Hill and Holler Bicycle Works at its new location at 118 W. Washington St.
For more information on the free event, visit www.downtownlewisburg.com or call 304-645-4333.
LOGAN, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Freedom Festival will take place July 4-6 in Logan.
Activities and attractions include wrestling, a magic and illusions show, a car show, a motorcycle stunt show, a talent show, an animal show, two fireworks shows and food, craft and art vendors. A KISS tribute band will be among the groups performing.
For additional information, call 304-752-4044 or visit www.facebook.com/WVFreedomFestival.
HINTON, W.Va. -- The 250th anniversary of Shawnee warrior Cornstalk's raid on the western Virginia Euro-American settlements in the Trans-Allegheny region will be commemorated, beginning at 10 a.m. July 6 at Sandstone Visitors Center, Hinton.
MARLINTON, W.Va. -- The 47th annual Pioneer Days festival is set for July 10-14 in Marlinton.
Activities and attractions include crafts, a carnival, food, a flea market, horseshoe pitching, parades, youth events, western comedy/drama, contests, an antique car show, a truck and tractor pull, a mud bog, wagon rides, live musical entertainment and a frog, toad and turtle race.
Visit www.pocahontascountywv.com or call 800-336-7009 or 304-799-4452 for more information.
SNOWSHOE, W.Va. -- Snowshoe Mountain Resort welcomes owners of Harley-Davidson motorcycles July 10-14 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of West Virginia Harley Owners Group and the 30th anniversary of Harley Owners Group.
The rally features four days and nights of motorcycle riding, events and socializing with Harley enthusiasts. Call 877-441-4386 or visit www.snowshoemtn.com for more information.
Camden Park July Fourth
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Fireworks are scheduled for 10 p.m. July 4 at Camden Park, off Interstate 64 in Huntington.
Jabberwocky will perform at 3 and 7 p.m. on the midway. The park opens at 10 a.m. and will give a 50 percent discount on general admission to all military personnel who show their military identification at the admission booth.
For more information, call 304-429-4321 or visit www.camdenpark.com.
Square Dance weekend
ELKINS, W.Va. -- The Mountain Dance Trail of Augusta Heritage Center is hosting a square dance weekend, "Dare to be Square West Virginia," July 5-7 at Rich Mountain Battlefield's Field of Fire, a 35-minute drive from Elkins.
Callers and musicians will include Bill Ohse, Lou Mauiri, Mack Samples, Pete Simmons and Ellen and Eugene Ratcliffe.
Admission is $40 and rustic camping is available for $15. The 2013 Mountain Dance Trail schedule is available at www.mountaindancetrail.org. For more information, call 304-637-1349.
FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. -- The Historic Fayette Theater will celebrate its 20th anniversary at 8 p.m. July 6 with music and a special party in the park.
Tickets are $10 and may be purchased from 6 to 8 p.m. July 2 and 4 at the theater, by calling 304-574-4655 or at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/362328. Jon Kemper and The Ain't Dead Yet Band will perform.