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Charleston Welcomes 40th Annual Vandalia Gathering

Vandalia Gathering

West Virginia is gearing up for its 40th annual Vandalia Gathering in Charleston.

The yearly celebration of traditional arts, music, dance and more will kick off Friday at the Culture Center Theater with an awards ceremony and the presentation of the Vandalia Award, the state’s highest folk-life honor.

A concert will follow, featuring a tribute by Mark Crabtree to the late award-winning Morgantown fiddler Elmer Rich. The tribute will include performances by Frank George, Buck and Company and others.

The free festival features more than 40 craftspeople demonstrating their skills and selling handmade items, including art, jewelry, pottery and candles.

Performances will continue Saturday and include entertainers such as Robert Shafer and Johnny Staats.

The celebration will also feature foods from around the state and beyond.