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News Release: September 15, 2017

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Late summer weekend events Sept. 16, 2017, at West Virginia state parks

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Many late-summer special events and activities are planned at West Virginia State parks the weekend of Sept. 16, 2017.  Here’s a quick peek at the variety of family-friendly venues you’ll find.

Harvest Festival at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park features crafts, applebutter making, Trailing and Rescue with AMMAR, Eight Rivers Amateur Club, Harvest Campfire, WV Operation Lifesaver, pumpkin sale and more.  A square dance in the community center is set for Friday evening, Sept. 15, with Juanita Fireball and the Continental Drifters calling and playing. For more information call 304-456-4300 or visit www.cassrailroad.com.

The 28th Astronomy Weekend, “Dark Sky Treasurers” is at Blackwater Falls State Park.  Hosted by the Kanawha Valley Astronomical Society, the weekend is packed with outstanding speakers on the subjects of how galaxies form, making of the milky way, black holes, radio bursts, and astrophotography. Speakers are form the WVU Physica and Astronomy Department, former NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Marshall University and NASA’s New horizons spacecraft mission. Whether you are new to astronomy or an expert, everyone is welcome. Star parties will be held for dark sky observations. Free and open to the public. Call 304-259-5216 or visit kvas.org or www.blackwaterfalls.com for details.

The Legacy of Mary Ingles is staged at Beech Fork State Park. The Mary Ingles Trail Association sets up encampments that represent an era when West Virginia was unsettled and engages attendees with activities and conversation about early American Indian and European settlers’ primitive encampment. Since 1989, the Mary Ingles Trail Associates have presented a historical encampment based on research of the life of Mary Draper Ingles. Embroiled in the turmoil of the French & Indian War, Mary was captured by the Shawnee Indians in July of 1755. After several months, she escaped and made her way back home by walking more than 500 miles. That journey took her through the Kanawha Valley. Call 304-528-5794 for additional information and times or visit www.beechforksp.com.

The Fall Nature Walks at Kanawha State Forest feature 12 walks. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and the hikes and walks depart at 9 a.m. The cost is $5 per adult and $2 for youth under age 16. The event is sponsored and organized by the Kanawha State Forest Foundation. At 1 p.m., Three Rivers Avian Center will present Wings of Wonder, a birds of prey program. Free and open to the public. The events are at the Nature Center/pool area. Call 304-558-3500 for details or visit www.kanawhastateforest.com

The 10th annual Appalachian Fall Festival at Tygart Lake begins at 10 a.m. Activities include apple butter making, a raffle, crafters and yarn/spinning demonstrations. The event is an annual production by the Tygart Lake Foundation. Call for details at 304-265-6144 or visit www.tygartlake.com.

Fall Festival and Pig Roast at Camp Creek State Park is an outdoor event all about music and good food. The County (band) plays at noon followed by The Princeton Silverettes Twirl Team at 12:45 p.m.; Lily Comer, Hinton’s Got Talent Winner at 1:10 p.m; The Appalachian Hoedowners cloggers at 1:30 p.m.and again at 3:00 p.m., Blue Rockin’ Gras (band) at 2:15 pm.; Hiser, Rasnake & the Bluegrass Boys at 3:45; and Tender Mercies Bluegrass Gospel at 5 p.m. Apple butter making, corn meal grinding, Appalachian Crafts and Displays, and BBQ platters and more food will be available for purchase by the Camp Creek State Park Foundation. For more info call 304-425-9481 or visit www.campcreekstatepark.com.

Campfire Stories with ‘Bugs’ Stover at Twin Falls State Park is at 6:30 p.m.

Tie-dye tee shirts at Pipestem State Park begin at 11 a.m. 

Nature Wonder Weekend is at North Bend State Park. In its 50th year, founder Edelene Wood, President of the National Wild Foods Association, is the key speaker on “It Wonders Me.” The weekend is fee based. For more information, call Wendy Greene at 304-558-2754.

Find these events and other upcoming activities at West Virginia State Parks on the website www.wvstateparks.com.