West Virginia State Folk Festival  

Music, Heritage, and Appalachian  Culture

June 18-21, 2020                                            

Planning for the 2020 Festival is well underway!!
We are updating event and schedule information as soon as all the kinks have been fiddled out so check back often for the latest happenings!
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!

Festival Purpose:

The purpose of this corporate body shall be to preserve the remnants of pioneer life and culture of West Virginia in music, entertainment, education, and social and economic activities to the end that citizens may appreciate and respect the achievements of their forebearers.

Letter from the President

Welcome to the West Virginia State Folk Festival site! Serving as the new WVSFF President is an honor, and as a resident of Gilmer County and Director of the Glenville State College Bluegrass Music Program and Pioneer Stage, I am having a ball networking and building positive relationships from both my personal and professional backgrounds.

Without a doubt, I have a sincere interest and excitement in guiding this respected and well-anticipated community event that helps bring attention to our area, its history, and our people. In addition to the Festival’s time-honored traditions, this year we are excited about offering some new activities: a Glenville Historical Wagon Ride, the WVSFF Youth Camp hosted by the Pioneer Stage, and a fun-filled Artisans’ Corner (located at the corner of East Main and College Streets) featuring Appalachian demonstrations, crafters, old engines, and children’s games.

Since its inception, the Festival has become an opportunity for the Appalachian community to celebrate and to preserve its rich music and culture in a setting that promotes education and heritage. I see value in student internships and community collaboration helping to rejuvenate and preserve West Virginia histories, experiences, and oral traditions.

In the years since its founding in 1950, the West Virginia State Folk Festival has become a part of our town’s identity. Nationwide attention has been consistently recognized. Our hope is that you will enjoy the efforts of all of us who are involved in maintaining and expanding our Festival’s legacy. On behalf of the Board of Directors, community volunteers, GSC student interns, and donors, THANK YOU for your support. We look forward to seeing you on the square-dance platform!

 

Kindly,

Dr. Megan E. Darby

WVSFF President

Megan and her daughters, Presley Jewell and Piper

Now you can view the WV State Folk Festival Newspaper online!

June 20th to June 23rd, 2019.

Reserve your room now!!


Call: 304.462. 6388

 
 

Job's Temple

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.


    Bryan Groves has been a lifelong resident of Gilmer County, having graduated from Gilmer Co High School and Glenville State College.  He grew up playing bluegrass and gospel music with his family and in church.  He is an avid WV State Folk Festival supporter, singer and musician. He has also been a past speaker at the annual closing services at Jobs Temple for the WV State Folk Festival.  Bryan is actively involved in numerous county events and activities.
   Bryan has served as pastor for the Sand Fork Church of God for over 35 years.  He began serving this church and county at the age of 19. During his time as pastor, the church built a new sanctuary (1999) and fellowship hall (2011). Bryan has also been involved in the real estate business for 24 years and is the present Broker / Owner of Central WV Real Estate with offices in Glenville & Sutton, WV. 
Part I & II of this wonderful documentary can be found on YouTube