The Mountain State Forest Festival is the oldest and largest festival in the great state of WV. This year's festival is celebrating its 80th year! Each festival year brings a week long schedule of specialized events that cater to a multitude of demographics. There's a 10K race that starts off festival week, outdoor sporting competitions such as strongman and lumberjack - tree climbing, wood chopping, fly fishing etc., a minor and major parade that draws over 85,000 spectators, a distinguished guest dinner with well-known speakers, a black-tie ball, a major act musical concert, an art and photography competition, and much more.
Also during festival week is a 3 day city park event bringing vendors and exhibits that cater to citizens and surrounding public school students with a designated "kid's day at the park." It's a real cultural landmark that showcases WV in all its autumn glory. The festival promotes the prudent development and conservation of our abundant natural resources for future generations and fosters economic activity in the community and state. Its mission is to provide a fall celebration for the citizens of the state of West Virginia, their guests and visitors during this time of great natural beauty.