Summer may be winding down, but the fair and festival scene is going to be hopping in West Virginia even after the kids head back to the classroom. We’ll bet you can find something for everybody at these great local events.
West Virginia Blackberry Festival (August 3, 4, 5) - Nutter Fort
2017 marks the 21st year for the West Virginia Blackberry Festival, and this year promises to be a great event. Festivities start Thursday, August 3 at 11am when the Cartoon HQ opens, amusements open at 7pm, then finish the night with entertainment by Cody Wickline and Rick K and the Allnighters.
Friday entertainment includes a show by In Step Dance & Fitness, our famous Pet Parade (please register at the Festival HQ), and music from the Ed Davisson Band and Shades of Blue.
Join in the 5K Fun Run Saturday morning, then stay for the talent show, baking contest, and much more. Saturday entertainment will be provided by Dominique Demus, Blue Steel, Josh Oldaker, Ryan Cain and the Ables and Motown Sound of Touch, then be sure to stay for the closing fireworks at 10:30pm Saturday night.
Mannington District Fair (August 7 - 12) - Mannington
Dating back to 1932, the Mannington District Fair has long been recognized as a “super kind of homecoming,” where old friends meet and new ones are made. Chock full of activities, including horse shows, a circus, demolition derby, livestock judging, rides, chain saw carving, and even an escape artist, the fair truly offers something for everyone. Live music includes:
Wednesday, August 10 - Shania Twain and Tim McGraw Tributes
Thursday, August 10 - Davisson Brothers Band
Friday, August 11 - Eliminator KC - ZZ Top Tribute
Saturday, August 12 - Tane Lynne & The Total Package
West Virginia State Fair (August 10-19) - Lewisburg
The West Virginia State Fair offers a fascinating world of horse shows, livestock animals, competitive exhibits, entertainment, concerts, and carnival rides. Highlights include the daily Bengal Tiger Encounter, Extreme Raptors Show, Rowdy Rooster, Harness Racing and the Draft Horse Pull. Check out the full schedule of events online, and don’t miss the live concerts, including Martina McBride and Josh Turner and Brantley Gilbert with special guest Dylan Scott.
Celebrating its 39th year in 2017, the WV Italian Heritage Festival is not to be missed. Rated one of the “Top Four Italian Festivals in the Nation” by the National Sons of Italy, the festival offers a wide array of authentic Italian street food, including pastries, and tons of great entertainment. This year’s live entertainment includes The Diamonds, Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti, Moreno Fruzetti, and Dennis Tufano, The Original Voice of the Buckinghams.
Downtown Clarksburg invites you to celebrate the 27th annual WV Black Heritage Festival. This is a fun-filled weekend of delicious food, family activities, crafts and live entertainment. The festival’s mission is “to promote the African-American experience while addressing the many milestones that our forefathers have made since the Emancipation Proclamation”. There will be live entertainment Saturday starting at 2pm, and the festivities finish Sunday at 6pm with the Closing Ceremonies.