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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 2015 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.

The Kemper family (Birds of My Hollow) have graciously donated another cardinal to be raffled by the WV State Folk Festival this year! All proceeds will be used to for the Little Kanawha Valley Bank Roof Fund.

Congradulation to Kelly Jansen from Bridgeville, DE, who won the raffle and the cardinal pictured above, carved by Lynne Kemper.

Job’s Temple 2015

By Judy Meads


The last event of the WV State Folk Festival is a church service like no other because it is held in Job’s Temple, a log structure 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. oversees the preservation of the church building, provides perpetual care for the cemetery and grounds, and organizes homecomings each year.  They love the old church so much that they recently worked to build retaining walls to hold back the drifting hillside from pushing on the sanctuary.  They made repairs to the foundation and roof, using tools and methods of the first builders including hauling in logs with a team of horses.  

Worship here is very special.  The congregation sits on log benches.  There is no electricity, only the rays of the sun coming through the open windows, and the light of God.  Voices resound in old-time harmony off the log walls and ceiling. 

Each year the Job’s Temple Association holds an annual Homecoming in August to which all are welcome.  They are currently selling books, which will be available on the day of the service, telling the history, events and people associated with this very special house of worship. The Folk Festival Committee appreciates the Job’s Temple Association, Inc. and its officers for permission to conclude the Festival with this very special event.

Pastor Karen Kinney will be the speaker at Job's Temple located nine miles from Glenville on Route 5 West.   In October, 2014, Pastor Karen was ordained as a minister and installed as the pastor of the Glenville Presbyterian Church on Route 5 West.   She was born in Welch, WV, McDowell County, where her father was also born and raised.  Her parents – Fred and Gerry Robinson – moved the family to Baltimore when she was six.  She has fond memories of trips back to Raysal, WV where her grandparents lived.

Since she was in high school, Pastor Karen has been involved in church leadership and education.  Her undergraduate study was at Towson State University, then Union Presbyterian Seminary, and  finally at Wesley Theological Seminary where she received a Masters of Divinity.

In the 80’s Pastor Karen served as an intern pastor at Glen Elg United Methodist Church in MD where she was also responsible for youth education and spiritual development.  While there, she helped the congregation become active in ministry of homeless people.  In an internship with Charles Town WV Presbyterian Church, she did a 10-day immersion experience at the Carlisle, PA Truck Stop Ministry, learning about Christian hospitality and pastor care.  For over thirty years, Karen was employed in the nonprofit sector as a fundraiser, grant maker, and consultant working with hundreds of local and national nonprofit organizations.

Pastor Karen is very interested in ecumenical work with other pastors and congregations of Gilmer County. Students, faculty and staff at Glenville State College are a priority to her as well, and she enjoys attending campus events.

 Karen is the mother of two children.  Justin is a student at Marshall University and Jessica is pursuing a degree at Shepherd University.

Pastor Karen Kinney, the Job’s Temple Association, and the WV State Folk Festival Committee cordially invite you to experience this unique service of worship at 9:00 A.M. on Sunday, June 21, 2015.

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

2015 Folk Festival T-shirts

Price includes S&H
The Folk Festival would like to dedicate the 2015 Folk Festival newspaper and Festival to Buddy Griffin. “Congratulations, Buddy!”

Be sure to pick up the Folk Festival Newspaper during the festival to read the article about Buddy, 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 – 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