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West Virginia State Folk Festival

Music, Heritage, and Appalachian  Culture

The West Virginia State Folk Festival Belles

Who: Each county may select one 'belle' who:

  • Is past her 70th birthday
  • Possesses qualities consistent with the spirit of a pioneer woman
  • Will enjoy the festival and make new friends
  • Participate in Saturday's parade (walking three level street blocks) in her own period custom

What: The West Virgina State Folk Festival is the oldest celebration of our Appalachian roots. The two and a half day long festival consisting of Old Time music, heritage crafts and demonstrations, square dancing, and much, much more!

Why:  Belles represent their county and are honored guests at the Folk Festival. Exhibiting the spirit of a pioneer woman means that the Belles are not only verse in such skills as canning, baking, sewing, and household management, but they are community minded, charitable, and a leader. These 'good-will' ambassadors are a unique feature of the Folk Festival and there are always new friendships formed and old acquaintances renewed. Don't miss out on this great opportunity!

Where: Glenville, in the heart of central West Virginia. The festival is focused around the downtown City Park but has activities all over town from the campus of Glenville State College to the Senior Citizens parking lot.

When: Friday, June 16th through Sunday, June 19th 2017

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West Virginia State Folk Festival, Inc.

P.O. Box 362

Glenville, WV 26351


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