W.Va. Mardi Gras
9:24 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Fasnacht Celebration Urges Old Man Winter to Leave

An effigy of Old Man Winter is burned every year during the Fasnacht Celebration in Helvetia, W.Va.
Credit Traveling 219 / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The little town of Helvetia, W.Va., tried its best to frighten away Old Man Winter at its Fasnacht festival, which takes place every year on the last Saturday before Lent.

Hundreds of people thronged the streets of the remote Swiss community in Randolph County, many of them squeezing into the community hall for the square dance.

People this year had large, papier-mâché masks that resembled long nosed-monsters, Chinese dragons, and druid-like trees.

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Apple Harvest Festival
12:29 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Berkeley County celebrates the apple

Crowds line King St. to watch the 32nd annual Apple Harvest parade.
Cecelia Mason West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The 32nd Apple Harvest Festival took place Oct. 17-20, 2013, and featured a 5k run, pancake breakfasts, a craft fair in the historic Martinsburg, W.Va., roundhouse with entertainment, music on the town square Friday evening and a Grand Feature Parade Saturday afternoon.

The Festival usually includes agricultural tours but the web site says those were cancelled this year because of the partial shutdown of the Federal Government. But there were apple centric contests to determine who baked the best pie or grew the best fruit.

Appalachian Music
3:25 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Clifftop - the Appalachian String Band Music Festival.

  A documentary look at the Appalachian String Band Music Festival -aka Clifftop - where many of the participants are musicians. Each night at any given moment,there are literally a hundred jam sessions going on. The documentary  also explores the evolving concepts behind Old Time. Also featured are interviews and performances of legendary West Virginia fiddler Lester McCumbers.

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