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October 30, 1930: First Mountain State Forest Festival Held

It also features arts-and-craft shows, wood chopping contests, old English knight tournaments, a carnival, and a fire-engine parade representing departments from across West Virginia.

The first Mountain State Forest Festival began in Elkins on October 30, 1930. Since then, it has been held every October except for the years 1941 to 1949. The festival was intended to attract tourists to the region, which is known for its hardwood trees and dazzling fall colors. Typical events include performances by the Wheeling Symphony, nationally known country music acts, a fiddle contest, and dances.