West Virginia State Folk Festival  

Music, Heritage, and Appalachian  Culture

June 17-20, 2021

The West Virginia State Folk Festival Belles

Gilmer County
Junior Belle
Maggie Snyder

West Virginia

State Folk Festival

Junior Belles 2019

2017 County Belles


Barbour County - Betty Daugherty

Berkeley County - BetteAnne Shephard

Boone County - Betty Watson

Braxton County - Shirley Brown

Calhoun County - Carol Sloane

Doddridge County - Patricia McMillan

Gilmer County - Elda Campbell

Grant County - Darlene Michael

Greenbrier County - Virginia Smith

Hampshire County - Carolyn Bowman

Harrison County - Cheryl Davisson French

Jefferson County - Marge Zimmerman

Lewis County - Ada Bowyer Depoy

Lincoln County - Betty G. Bias

Marion County - Lorraine DeLaReintrie

Marshall County - Helen May Miller

Mason County - Mary Sue Kincaid

Mineral County - Sandi McBride

Monongalia County - Ruth E. Wright

Morgan County - Joyce Bonner

Pocahontas County - Sharon H. Fisher

Preston County - Betty Bohon

Ritchie County - LaVonne Kay Huntsberger

Wayne County - Ruth B. Thayer

Wood County - Connie Hinkle

For more information about the WVSFF Belles contact:
Genia Richards
Belle Committee Chair

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 costume

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 19th through Sunday, June 21st, 2020