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Mountain State Forest Festival

This eight-day event is held at the end of September and for the first days of October in Elkins. A variety of shows, exhibitions, and competitions are presented, many of them related to the forest theme. Competitions are held in such traditional skills as log stacking, muzzle loading, archery, spear throwing (atlatl), horseshoe pitching, and various logging skills for the title of champion lumberjack. Several traditional crafts exhibits are displayed, including a juried arts and crafts show. The Governor of West Virginia officiates at the coronation of Queen Silvia and her court. The two-hour Grand Feature Parade, covering over two miles, includes nearly 20 bands, floats, and special units. The first festival was held in 1930.

Originally submitted by: Robert E. Wise, Jr., Representative (2nd District).

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