By Mary Catherine Brooks
Wyoming County Bureau Chief
Twin Falls Resort State Park’s 31st annual Lumberjackin’ Bluegrassin’ Jamboree is scheduled Friday-Sunday.
A family-oriented event, the festival will feature annual favorites, including storytelling, a woodsmen competition/ demonstration, bluegrass music, Appalachian clogging, hayrides, a variety of arts and crafts along with food created by area residents.
Friday, storyteller David “Bugs” Stover will kick things off with ghost stories and tall tales from the mountains of West Virginia. Storytelling will begin at 6 p.m. at the park’s campfire circle. Those attending should dress for cool weather and bring a flashlight.
Lumberjacks and jills from West Virginia University, Virginia Tech and Penn State will take center stage with the woodsmen competition and demonstration Saturday at 10 a.m. on the park’s ball field. Events will include the ax throw, log roll, crosscut saw, chain saw, one-man bucking, bolt splitting, horizontal chop, pole fell and more.
Don Blanchard, the chainsaw artist, will demonstrate the art of chainsaw carving Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. Blanchard’s carvings range from eagles to Smokey Bear.
Pumpkin carving will be featured Sunday from noon until 3 p.m. on the ball field.
The John Lively Band will be featured Saturday from 3 until 5 p.m. and Sunday from 2:30 until 4:30 p.m. The bluegrass concert will be held at the amphitheater both days.
West Virginia Mountain Valley Cloggers will take the stage Saturday from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1 until 2 p.m. at the amphitheater.
Lou Maiuri’s Appalachian Country Cloggers will be featured Saturday from 1 until 2:30 p.m. at the amphitheater.
Arts and crafts along with numerous other vendors, including apple butter and funnel cakes, will also be at the ball field and are open Saturday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Hayrides will be conducted Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 5 p.m.
The festival is open to the public and there is no admission charge.
Visitors are requested to dress comfortably, wear walking shoes and participate in keeping the park clean; littering is prohibited, according to officials.
Twin Falls Resort State Park is located, in Wyoming County, on W.Va. 97.
For more information, contact Twin Falls Resort State Park at 304-294-4000 or 1-800 CALL WVA and ask for Twin Falls or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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