By Mary Catherine Brooks
Wyoming County Bureau Chief
Twin Falls Resort State Park’s staff will host the 30th annual Lumberjackin’ Bluegrassin’ Jamboree this Friday through Sunday.
The festival is family-oriented and features a variety of activities, including the woodsman competition, bluegrass music, Appalachian clogging, along with arts, crafts, and food by area craftsmen.
Well-known storyteller and author David “Bugs” Stover kicks off the activities on Friday with an evening of area ghost stories and tales, from 6 until 7 p.m. at the campground campfire circle. Those attending should dress for cool weather and bring a flashlight.
On Saturday, lumberjack competitions and demonstrations begin at 10 a.m. and conclude around 2 p.m. Forestry teams from West Virginia University and Penn State will be competing in events that include the ax throw, log roll, crosscut saw, chain saw, one-man bucking, bolt splitting, horizontal chop, pole fell, among others, according to a spokesperson.
The woodsman competitions are held at the ball field area.
Also Saturday, Don Blanchard, known as “the Chainsaw Artist,” will demonstrate chainsaw carving from 10 a.m. to dusk.
Blanchard’s carvings range from bears to eagles and iconic figures.
The Acord Family Bluegrass Band will perform Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. and again Sunday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
“This Wyoming County family group represents some of West Virginia’s best bluegrass music,” said Bryan Danford, park event coordinator.
“Anyone attending the Lumberjackin’ Bluegrassin’ Jamboree over the years has come to appreciate the talent we have right here in Wyoming County with the Acord Family.”
The free bluegrass concerts will be held at the amphitheater both Saturday and Sunday.
The Appalachian Country Cloggers, with Lou Maiuri, will be featured Saturday at 1 p.m. at the amphitheater.
On Sunday, the West Virginia Mountain Valley Cloggers will perform at 1 p.m., also at the amphitheater.
Art and craft exhibits and sales will be conducted at the ball field Saturday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Hayrides will also be conducted on both Saturday and Sunday from noon until 5 p.m.
Visitors are encouraged to dress comfortably, wear walking shoes, and participate in keeping the park clean; littering is prohibited.
The jamboree is open to the public with no admission charge. Food services are available in the Twin Falls Restaurant. For more information, phone 304-294-4000 or on the web at www.twinfallsresort.com.