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West Virginia State Folk Festival

Music, Heritage, and Appalachian  Culture

Welcome, Visitors!

Since 1950, the West Virginia State Folk Festival has focused on old-time music, traditional square dancing, and Appalachian arts and crafts.

Join us each year -- beginning the third Thursday in June -- as the city of Glenville, West Virginia, takes on a marvelous change reminiscent of the old days. See antique cars, the Folk Festival Belles, quilt shows, and Appalachian arts and crafts. Your ears will be treated to the sweet sounds of banjo and fiddle contests, jam sessions in the streets, old-time gospel singing, and oral traditions. Please your tastebuds at the Festival. Every year, the Lion's Club sets up a hot dog stand, and the Gilmer Co. Farm Bureau serves tempting items such as BBQ chicken and roast beef sandwiches -- and don't forget the beans and cornbread!

heck out the 2015 Car Show Flyer for times and contact information!!!

******Please note events and times found throughout the site pertain to the 2014 festival. Changes and updates for the 2015 festival will be taking place throughout the months leading up to it. Thank you for your support of the West Virginia State Folk Festival!******
Don't miss out on the many family activities which take place during the festival!!!

The WV State Folk Festival also offers workshops in music, dance, and crafts, as well as demonstrations of many crafts.

The Kemper family (Birds of My Hollow) have graciously donated a cardinal to be raffled by the WV State Folk Festival. All proceeds will be used to support the many activities of the festival.

Debra Walker of Jane Lew was the lucky winner of the Claude and Lynne Kemper cardinal in a drawing held at the Saturday night concert of the West Virginia State Folk Festival. The cardinal was the last bird started by the late Claude Kemper, who was a regular at many of West Virginia's finest craft fairs and festivals. Ms. Walker is a fitting recipient of the bird, as she was one of the organizers of the Stonewall Jackson Jubilee and owns several Kemper birds, but did not have a cardinal.

Claude Kemper's daughter-in-law, Lynne Kemper, continues to carry on the tradition and finished the bird started by the elder Kemper. She and her husband Ron donated the bird to the West Virginia State Folk Festival so that it could be raffled to raise money for the Festival. The Kempers regularly exhibit in the Little Kanawha Valley Bank building during the Folk Festival, and have been long-time friends and supporters of the Festival. Those unfamiliar with Claude Kemper's work can see a complete display of his birds in the Robert F. Kidd library at Glenville State College.

Photo (l-r) Folk Festival Committee member Lynn Yurkiewicz, Cardinal winner Debra Walker, Folk Festival Vice-President Debbie Martzall-Farmer

Part I & II of this wonderful documentary can be found on YouTube

2014 Folk Festival T-shirts

 *Blue is darker than picture shows*

The Folk Festival would like to dedicate the 2014 Folk Festival newspaper and Festival to John Morris. “Congratulations, John!”

Be sure to pick up the Folk Festival Newspaper during the festival to read the article about John, as well as all of the other great articles! 
Folk Festival Belle, JoAnn Woodyard
Gilmer Co. 2014

Where to stay

The Gilmer County Recreation Center offers the following lodging facilities:

Camper Sites w/ electric $15/night

Tent Sites – no electric $11/night

Lodge Rooms – has 3 twin beds (includes linens) and private bath      $50/night

Cabins – “dorm style” sleeping (does not include linens); has bath            $20/person/night


Reservations can be made by calling (304) 462-7653 or emailing

Cedar Creek State Park

Glenville State College

Rooms are available at Pickens Hall this year for $15 per person per night with max of two people per room.  The college doesn't take reservations, so it's first come/first booked.

The West Virginia Folk Festival is grateful to Aramark for its support of our new website.

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West Virginia State Folk Festival, Inc.

P.O. Box 362

Glenville, WV 26351