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Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor
Frank Jezioro, Director

News Release: May 22, 2013

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Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov


Sissie Summers, Parks and Recreation Section 304-558-2764 DNR.Parks@wv.gov

June 1 is Busting Out All Over in West Virginia’s State Parks

            SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – An eclectic selection of events is scheduled at West Virginia’s state parks June 1. Tu-Endie-Wei State Park is steeped in 1760s history; Cass Scenic Railroad has an evening run with food and music in addition to daily train trips; Pipestem Resort features "The Little Mermaid, Jr." youth stage production; and National Trails Day is an invitation to visit a state park or forest and take a hike or walk.

Cornstalk's Raid - 250th Commemoration History Alive! at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park

            In West Virginia, the year 2013 will be marked by numerous historical commemorative events highlighting the year 1863. This special commemoration is fitting, for the American Civil War brought about great changes to our nation, not the least of which was the federal recognition and creation of West Virginia as the 35th state. Subsumed in the 150th birth year celebration is another anniversary of no less importance and perhaps with even greater impact on the future course of history in the region that one hundred years later became the Mountain State—that is the 250th anniversary of Shawnee Warrior Cornstalk’s Raid on the western Virginia colonial settlements in the Trans-Allegheny region. Contact: Doug Wood,chingwe1755@yahoo.com

Evening Dinner Train with Wyatt Turner at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park

            The June 1 evening train features special musical entertainment by Wyatt Turner, formerly of Stoney Bottom, W.Va., and currently residing in Nashville Tennessee. Evening dinner trains include a ride to Whittaker Station, a buffet-style meal prepared by the Last Run Restaurant, and entertainment. The dinner train departs at 5:15 p.m. from the Cass Depot. The event cost is $36 for adults, $26 for children 5-12 and $16 for children under age 5. Call 304-456-4300 for reservations.

About Wyatt Turner

            Turner is a native of Pocahontas County. His  baritone voice  is a pure-country blend resonating in the style of Eric Church and Johnny Cash. He auditioned for judges on The Voice in 2012 and advanced to second round in the American Idol competition in 2010. His love of music began at age three when wooden spoons became percussion for Billy Ray Cyrus’s “Achy Breaky Heart” playing on the radio. His interest in music grew to include guitar playing. His career path has led him to Nashville where his first CD, ‘Damn Baby’ is set to release soon. He is the son of Teresa Turner and his father, the late Darrell Turner.

Summers County K.I.D.S.  at Pipestem Resort State Park

            "The Little Mermaid, Jr." come to life as presented by K.I.D.S. Youth from the Hinton Area Elementary School. The performance is at the Pipestem State Park outdoor amphitheater and begins at 8 p.m. The admission charge is $8 for adults; $3 for youth 6-12; free for children 5 and younger. The majority of the admission price supports the youth drama program.  For more information call 304-466-1800

Take a Hike - National Trails Day is June 1

            The West Virginia state park system offers several guided walks or hikes on this special outdoors day headed by the American Hiking Association. Parks offering guided hikes include: Cacapon Resort, Hike Across West Virginia starting at 9 a.m. (www.cacaponresort.com), Family Trails Weekend at North Bend State Park (www.northbendsp.com), Watters Smith State Park Birding Walk at 8 a.m. (watterssmithstatepark.com), and National Day of Service activities at Twin Falls State Park (www.twinfallsresort.com).

            In West Virginia, another hiking suggestion is to simply “take a hike” on Saturday, June 1, at a state park or state forest and record the number of miles walked or hiked. Receipt of the log card to the central parks office results in the participant receiving a certificate and patch. An online log card is posted at www.wvstateparks.com, “National Trails Day”.