2013 West Virginia Wildlife Calendars Are Now Available

 Every year I get requests for this calendar… Here is the info you need to order your new calendar for 2013…

2013 West Virginia Wildlife Calendar

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – “The 2013 West Virginia Wildlife Calendar  is now available for everyone to enjoy,” according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Wildlife Resources Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

The cover of this award-winning wall calendar features an outstanding painting of a male and female goldfinch painted by West Virginia artist Rhea Knight. This highly detailed work of art is only one of the 12 beautiful paintings in this year’s calendar. A variety of wildlife are depicted including a black bear and her cubs, a family of squirrels, a swallowtail butterfly, a musky, and ruffed grouse. Two months feature white-tailed deer and December highlights the snowy owl, a species which makes an appearance in West Virginia every few years.  Paintings of cottontail rabbits, a hooded merganser, and a praying mantis round out the year.

Accompanying each painting is a brief description of the featured animal and the artist’s contact information. Feature articles include the importance of white-tailed deer in West Virginia, DNR’s trout stream restoration program and the improving fisheries in Cheat Lake. The calendar also contains the 2013 hunting and fishing license fees.

“The calendar is full of interesting daily facts, best fishing days and times, and monthly tips to help you fully enjoy the outdoors,” Taylor said. “Its $10 price tag makes it a terrific bargain and a great holiday gift.”

The 2013 West Virginia Wildlife Calendar is available at DNR district offices, department stores, newsstands, convenience marts and food stores throughout the state or through the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 67, Elkins, WV 26241; phone:  304-637-0245. A list of vendors selling the calendars is available online at www.wvdnr.gov/Wildlife/WildlifeCalendar.shtm. If buying through the mail, make checks payable to WVDNR in the amount of $15.50 for each calendar, which includes shipping and handling (West Virginia residents add $.60 tax for each calendar; VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted).

Organizations, clubs and civic groups can profit by selling the West Virginia Wildlife Calendar as part of their fund-raising activities.  Interested organizations should contact the DNR at the above address for more information.

“The 2012 calendar won a Gold Award in an annual contest sponsored by the Calendar Marketing Association,” Taylor noted. The award was in the most informative wall calendar, retail division.

Mountain State Forest Festival

September 29 – October 7, 2012

The Mountain State Forest Festival is the largest and oldest festival in the state of West Virginia and is considered a major homecoming for those individuals who previously lived in the Elkins area. It’s also a time when first time visitors, young and old alike, come to the area to participate in the many festival events and activities.

Mountain State Forest Festival

This year’s celebration will mark a significant milestone in the history of the festival association and will once again afford us the opportunity to share with our community and state the important role West Virginia’s natural resources play in our economic development. Rich in tradition, the festival also plays a major role in our local and state economy and offers something for everyone to enjoy, such as, the carnival, parades, exhibits, arts and crafts, delicious food, and of course, the Royal Court and coronation of Queen Silvia. ~ Mountain State Forest Festival.

Gorges, falls and wooded hillsides highlight West Virginia retreat

“Almost heaven” — it’s more than a line in a John Denver song. When you travel along West Virginia’s Highway 20 you may come as close to heaven as you can get and live to tell about it. Just beyond the cluster of stores, restaurants and hotels near the turnpike in Princeton, this country road leads you to some of the Mountain State‘s greatest treasures.

A large rock sign marks the entrance to Pipestem State Park, considered the “crown jewel” of West Virginia’s state park system. It gets its name from the hollow stemmed shrub Native Americans and later white settlers used as tobacco pipe stems.

via Gorges, falls and wooded hillsides highlight West Virginia retreat » Knoxville News Sentinel.

State Fair of West Virginia brings western Virginia along for the ride

What would the West Virginia State Fair be, each year, without all of the Virginians in attendance? Would you believe…A lot less crowded? But the crowds are one of the things that make state fairs fun…

FAIRLEA, W. Va.—

Every August, thousands of people flock to the State Fair of West Virginia, and many of them don’t even call the Mountain State their home.  The summer tradition has become a favorite for folks on the other side of the state line.

Whether you crave the thrill of a carnival ride, the speed of harness racing or the unique sound of a one man band,  there’s something for everyone at the State Fair of West Virginia. Between 20 and 25 percent of fair goers come from Virginia.

“It’s geography and travel distances,” said Chief Executive Officer Marlene Jolloffe. “We’re a good family destination and we’re two hours from Roanoke. We’re really dialed into the Virginia market and we love having everyone here.” ~ State Fair of West Virginia brings western Virginia along for the ride.

The State Fair of West Virginia traces it’s history back to 1854 when it was the Greenbrier County Fair. That first Fair was organised by the Greenbrier Agricultural Society and held in Mr. Nesmith’s Grove. You can read the history of that first fair at the State Fair’s website.

LEWISBURG, WV (08/29/2012)– The 88th annual State Fair of West Virginia, themed “Memories that Grow…Year After Year,” proved to be a success, while providing thousands of great memories for fairgoers! “I think people needed to exhale and have fun!” stated Chief Executive Officer, Marlene Jolliffe. “It was a long challenging summer and we are grateful that people decided to celebrate the end of summer by visiting the fair. Good weather combined with a strong free entertainment program, and a popular grandstand concert series proved to be a winning combination.”

Final audited gate attendance is not available, however, attendance is projected between 185,000 and 190,000. Ticketed grandstand events drew over 25,000 with one sellout and one “near” sellout. Fairgoers boosted food sales by 3% setting another food gross record and the Reithoffer carnival midway saw a 1% increase in carnival revenue despite rain on opening day.

via 2012 State Fair of West Virginia a Success | The State Fair of West Virginia.

And while it’s too late to attend this years fair…It’s not too early to start planning for next years Fair. Mark your calendars – August 9-17, 2013