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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 as well!. Every year, the Lion's Club sets up a hot dog stand, and this year you can have a cheese-steak or have dessert first with a funnel cake! But no matter what, don't forget the Strawberry Shortcake from the Gilmer Co. FFA!

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heck out the 2016 Car Show Flyer for times and contact information!!!

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.
Please note that some of our annual events have been canceled this year. The Pancake Breakfast, the Quilt Show, and the Birds of My Hollow Exhibit will not be a part of the festival this year. We are sorry for any inconvenience and disappointment. We hope very much to have these events return in 2017!!!

Banjo Raffle

Online tickets will stop being sold at 8:45pm, Saturday, June 18th.

Christopher Dean has once again built a banjo in the style of Jenes Cottrell for the WV State Folk Festival to raffle off to help raise funds to support the operation of the festival. The drawing will be on Saturday, June 18th, at the evening concert during the Festival. You don't have to be present to win.

Job’s Temple 2016

By Judy Meads

 

Pastor Randy Wilson of Glenville Community Church will be the speaker and will lead the music at this year’s service at historic Job's Temple located nine miles from Glenville on Route 5 West.  When he was 20 years old, Pastor Randy was called to serve his church which began in a trailer on Walnut Street in Glenville.  The congregation first built a sanctuary, and recently added a beautiful Fellowship Hall and a Youth Center.  Randy says that he and his wife, Cindy, are a team with her leading adult Sunday  school as well of the youth, and both of them working with the music.

A native of Ritchie County in the Smithville area, Randy graduated from Harrisville High School.  He has served the Glenville Community Church for 38 years, leading them to grow many times over the original congregation.

Folk Festival Belles, who come to Job’s Temple in their beautiful costumes,are the honored guests at the service, which is the last event of the Festival.

Job’s Temple was established in the late 1850’s when congregants with southern sympathies withdrew from Pisgah Methodist Episcopal Church located approximately two miles east of this site.  Job’s Temple, now on the National Register of Historic Places, was finished after the men returned to the community following the Civil War.

Regular services were conducted until 1912 when the church fell in disrepair.  During the 1930’s, interest was revived for the preservation of the building and the annual homecomings began in 1936.  Over 140 graves are on the property with the oldest being 1870.

Job’s Temple Association Inc., incorporated in 1978, oversees the preservation of the church building, provides perpetual care for the cemetery and grounds, and organizes homecomings each year.

The Folk Festival Committee appreciates the Job’s Temple Association, Inc and its officers and members in welcoming this service to this very special house of worship.

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

2016 Folk Festival T-shirts

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The Folk Festival would like to dedicate the 2016 Folk Festival newspaper and Festival to Ginny Hawker and Tracy Schwarz. “Congratulations, Ginny and Tracy!”

Be sure to pick up the Folk Festival Newspaper during the festival to read the article about Ginny and Tracy, as well as all of the other great articles! 
Folk Festival Belle, Lou Runyon
Gilmer Co. 2015

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 – A/C with 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 gilmercommission@yahoo.com



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

304-462-9644

wvstatefolkfestival@gmail.com