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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!

heck out the 2017 Car Show Flyer for times and contact information!!!

The 5K is back!!!! Register today!
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 Quilt Show 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 2018!!

Fiddle Raffle 2017

This fiddle was donated by John Preston of Old World Tonewood Company in Lewisburg, West Virginia.  John did the varnish and set-up work, and threw in a case as well!  Tickets are $5 each or five for $20, and the drawing will be at about 9:00 on Saturday, June 17 during the concert.  You do not have to be present to win.

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

2017 Folk Festival T-shirt

Price includes S&H
The 2017 Folk Festival is posthumously dedicated to David Morris (1944-2016).

Be sure to pick up the Folk Festival Newspaper during the festival to read the article about David, as well as all of the other great articles!
2017 Gilmer Co. Belle
Elda Campbell.

Where to stay

The Conrad is the place to stay if you want to be close to the parking lot jam sessions, but it can be difficult to get a room there.  You can try by calling them at (304) 462-7316.

The Glenville Inn is just three miles out of town, as is the Old Wolfe Inn B&B.

Cedar Creek State Park

Glenville State College

If you're just looking for a simple place to sleep a little each night, GSC rents some rooms in Pickens Hall.  Bring your own linens, pillows, towels, etc., as these dorm rooms provide only a bed with a mattress.  Cost is $15 per person per night, cash or check accepted.  Check in at the front desk of Goodwin Hall, across the street from Pickens Hall.

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