Summer vacation winds down; fairs, festival fill calendar


As summer and vacations wind down, families can start planning for upcoming fairs and festivals throughout the state of West Virginia. The variety of fairs and festivals are sure to provide entertainment for everyone and be great family fun.

First, take a look at events that are upcoming for the month of July. Festivalguidesandreviews.com has provided the following calendar of events:

• Wednesday, July 13 – Saturday, July 16: Durbin Days Heritage Festival in Durbin

• Friday, July 15 – Saturday, July 16: Chapmanville’s 75th Anniversary Celebration in Chapmanville

• Friday, July 15 – Sunday, July 17: Bike Bash W.Va. (formerly Dirt Rag Dirt Fest) in Bruceton Mills

• Saturday, July 16: Ephraim Bee Festival in West Union

• Saturday, July 16 – Sunday, July 17: Springfield Valley Corn Festival in Springfield

• Thursday, July 21 – Sunday July 24: Riverfest in Nitro

• Saturday, July 23: Beverly Heritage Days in Beverly

• Saturday, July 23: Wheeling Wine Festival in Wheeling

• Sunday, July 24: St. Joseph the Worker Block Party in Weirton

• Wednesday, July 27 – Saturday, July 30: Grecian Fest in Wheeling

• Friday, July 29 – Sunday, July 30: W.Va. State Water Festival in Hinton

• Friday, July 29 – Saturday, July 30: Fling at the Springs in Sweet Springs

• Friday, July 29 – Saturday, July 30: Williamsburg Community Fair in Williamsburg

• Friday, July 29 – Sunday, July 31: W.Va. Homegrown Harvest Fest in Eglon

• Friday, July 29 – Sunday, July 31: Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival in Wheeling

• Saturday, July 30: The West Virginia Hot Dog Festival in Huntington

• Saturday, July 30: Augusta Festival in Elkins

• Sunday, July 31 – Saturday, August 6: Cherry River Festival in Richwood

The Durbin Days Heritage Festival that takes place from Wednesday, July 13 through Saturday July 16, is slated to have a carnival, food, crafts, parades, car show, fireworks, music and more! You can follow the festival on their Facebook page Durbin Days Heritage Festival for all details and updated information.

Chapmanville’s 75th Anniversary Celebration will kick-off with a parade on Friday at 6 p.m. Following the parade events will continue until 11 p.m. and on Saturday, the festivities continue from 11a.m. to 11p.m.

The Bike Bash W.Va. is scheduled at the Big Bear Lake Trail Center in Bruceton Mills, W.Va. “We’ve got an amazing venue and trail network, with almost 50 miles of trail, for you to enjoy. Come celebrate mountain biking in Wild Wonderful West Virginia! Your registration gets you three nights of camping, access to the venue area facilities (water, showers, toilets, handwash, etc.) and trail access. We’ll also be offering an Expo that will showcase the latest and greatest bike products and skills clinics, group rides, live entertainment and kid’s activities,” according to bikebigbearwv.com. Log on to the website for full details, a list of events and to register.

“On July 16, 2022, at the Doddridge County Park, the Doddridge County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a festival in honor of one of Doddridge County’s most notable characters, Ephraim Bee,” stated the official webpage, ephraimbeefestival.com. Make sure to visit to stay updated on all the events.

Beverly Heritage Days will take place on Saturday, July 23 beginning at 10 a.m. with a Parade of History. Other activities will include camps and activities, children’s activities and games, Living History, Music, Presentations, a Civil War Mystery Event, Scavenger Hunt, Pulled Pork meal and pie sale and an ice cream social. For full details, visit beverlyheritagecenter.org.

The Grecian Fest in Wheeling will boast tons of activates and entertainment. There will be Sanctuary Church Tours, a youth tent complete with lemonade and Baklava Sundaes. A variety of Greek dishes and drinks will be available, including a Greek Frappé along with Baklava Cheesecake or Ladopsomo, a fried Greek bread sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. Greek Festival dancers and a music tent will round out the entertainment daily with hours of operation from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Grecianfest.com can provide more details about the Greek food and culture at the Grecian Fest.

The 8th Annual W.Va. Hot Dog Festival takes place on Saturday, July 30. “We’re back with a great day of activities, entertainment, the Kid Zone, the Pet Zone, the Car and Truck Cruise-In, the Dog Costume Contest and Pooch Parade, the ever popular all-breed and wiener dog races at high noon, along with exceptional vendors and sponsors, arts and crafts, and a dozen of the top hot dog businesses all in one location for the day,” said wvhotdogfestival.com. Visit the site to download a flyer and full event list.

The Augusta Festival and Block Party will host artisans from around the region in the Elkins City Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They will set up booths with handmade art free workshops and interactive demonstrations of traditional art and craft. The event will offer the West Virginia Open Fiddle and Banjo Contest, jamming and community singing will round out the afternoon. In the evening, attendees can head across the street to the outdoor block party featuring fabulous music from Augusta musicians and dancing in the street. Make sure to visit the website for details on the festival as well as many other events and workshops hosted throughout the year.

Finally, The Cherry River Festival will be hosting a craft show, Pretty Baby Contest, 5k Walk, 5k Run, 10k Run and the Grand Parade. For full details, registration and updates please visit cherryriverfestival.org.

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