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April 2020 Events

The Eleventh Annual Ramps and Rail Festival

Apr 25, 2020 10:00 AM to Apr 25, 2020 05:00 PM

Ramps and Rail Festival

Update: Given the guidance of the CDC, local and state officials, all events over 10 people are to be postponed or cancelled for at least 8 weeks and this means the cancellation of the 2020 Ramps and Rail Festival.

The Twelfth Annual Ramps and Rail Festival will be held on April 24, 2021. The festival continues to grow each year and the Depot hopes everyone will come out again this year! People can try out different ramp-themed foods and listen to live music, enjoy the craft vendors, and vote for their favorite vendors.

Each year the festivities start at 10am and continue until 5pm. Food vendors concocted some delicious ramp-themed foods, like ramp burgers, ramperoni rolls, ramp chili and ramp risotto with shrimp. There will be about fifty different food and craft booths at the festival. The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad offers train rides to those who want to take one of the first rides of the year.

 

https://elkinsdepot.com/ramps-and-rail-festival/

July 2020 Events

47th Annual Augusta Festival

Jul 25, 2020 10:00 AM to Jul 25, 2020 11:00 PM

JULY 25, 2020

The Augusta Festival is an annual celebration of traditional music, dance, and craft, the grand finale to our summer session. 

 The Augusta Festival is a free public event and includes a juried craft fair featuring the best regional artisans, live music on two stages, workshops, craft demonstrations, jam sessions, the WV Open Fiddle &  Banjo Contest and children’s activities. This long-standing tradition concludes Augusta’s summer program, attracting the larger Elkins Community. 

Calls for artist vendors and performers will begin in January 2020.

 

https://augustaheritagecenter.org/augusta-festival/

September 2020 Events

84th Mountain State Forest Festival

Sep 26, 2020 12:00 AM to Oct 4, 2020 12:00 AM

The Mountain State Forest Festival is one of the largest and oldest festivals in West Virginia, continuing to promote the beauty and splendor of our mountains and valleys in all their autumn glory and promoting prudent development, conservation and culture of our abundant natural resources for the future.

 

The festival affords us the opportunity to share with our community and state the important role West Virginia’s natural resources play in our economic development. Rich in tradition, the Festival also plays a major role in our local and state economy and offers something for everyone to enjoy, such as, headline concerts and music shows, lumberjack competition, forestry & wood exhibits, juried art show, photography exhibit, quilt show, arts and crafts, amusement rides, (3) parades and the Royal Coronation of Queen Silvia.

 

Randolph County and the City of Elkins open their streets to accommodate 75,000+ visitors each year, with an opportunity for exploring our surrounding counties.

 

Visit our site at: www.forestfestival.com

 

Forest Festival Modifying the 2020 Celebration due to COVID-19

After careful consideration and consultation from health officials with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Mountain State Forest Festival Association Board of Directors has announced the 84th Mountain State Forest Festival scheduled for September 26 – October 4, 2020 is being modified to ensure a safe celebration.

With the uncertainty about the return of large gatherings this fall, necessary changes to the annual fall extravaganza include the elimination of the festival’s royal court members and all related events including the coronation, Distinguished Guest Dinner, Queen’s Ball, opening and closing ceremonies, and school tours. A modified schedule of events is being planned and will adjust as official guidelines unfold related to the Coronavirus. Board President Cliff Marstiller said these are unprecedented times and the logistics of planning a 10-day festival to include a royal court denies the organization an opportunity to “wait and see” what happens in another month or two. “Even though the festival is not until late September, the advanced planning of costuming and related court events has necessitated that decision to be made sooner rather than later. Eliminating the royal court will make the festival look different this year, but will allow us to look forward to the possibility of some kind of fall celebration.”

Marstiller further stated, “Our decision was not made lightly as the Board navigates the impact of COVID-19 on this year’s Forest Festival. Along with the royal court adjustments, we will continue with a reimagined 2020 Festival with the first priority being the safety and wellbeing of our volunteers, staff, and attendees. We will continue to confer with health officials and follow guidelines so we may produce a scaled-down quality festival for everyone. Should the future necessitate we completely cancel our celebration, we’ll announce that further down the road. For now, a modified Forest Festival will happen this fall.”

While a 2020 Festival is being planned, the celebration and coronation of Queen Silvia LXXXIV of the 84th Mountain State Forest is postponed until 2021. “We can’t have the 84th Maid Silvia be crowned Queen at the 85th Mountain State Forest Festival,” commented Director General Robbie Morris. “The time, resources and effort that goes into coordinating the royal court is tremendous and begins in the first quarter of the year. Because of COVID-19, we are falling
months behind in those activities. Additionally, we couldn’t 100% guarantee that a festival could occur once the costuming and court members were selected. That uncertainty forced the decision to remove the royal court.”

Festival organizers are well aware they will be planning for events that will occur under the lens of COVID-19. Morris added, “With the decision to move forward with the planning of a festival for this fall, it is more than likely the case that we will still be social distancing, wearing masks and limiting the number of people allowed at a venue. Our Assistant Directors and Board of Directors will consult with state officials and local health experts to alter and modify events plus take every precaution to assure the safety of all involved. We are excited for the lights, sights and sounds of the Forest Festival – I think we all need it more than ever.”

The line-up of events, happenings and dates of the 2020 Festival will be announced no later than Labor Day. The celebration will include a tribute to the 100th year anniversary of the Monongahela National Forest. The 84th Mountain State Forest Festival is scheduled for October 2 – 10, 2021.