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Travel Notes: July 7, 2013

By Staff reports
New Deal FestivalARTHURDALE, W.Va. -- On July 13, the 1930s-themed New Deal Festival celebrates Arthurdale's history as the first New Deal Homestead Community, designed by Eleanor Roosevelt.Visitors may tour the historic community in a horse-drawn wagon, stop by the antique car and tractor show, see artisan demonstrations and stroll the crafts market. There'll also be food, live music, historical activities for children, hayrides and a farm petting zoo.Admission is $8 per adult, $5 for children ages 6-11 and free for those 5 and under. For more information, go to or call 304-864-3959 for additional information.Car and bike showPOINT PLEASANT, W.Va. -- The Point Pleasant River Museum will stage its Car and Bike Show July 13 on Main Street.Registration is from 9 a.m. to noon, and the show is noon until 4 p.m. The registration fee is $10 per vehicle. Trophies will be presented in three classes: vehicles 1984 and older; vehicles 1985 and newer; and motorcycle/motorized.The River Museum will be open with regular admission fees. For more information, call 304-674-0144 or visit triathlonRICHWOOD, W.Va. -- The 28th annual Scenic Mountain Triathlon takes place July 14 with the entire race -- swimming, biking and running -- in the Monongahela National Forest. The state's oldest triathlon begins with a 0.5-mile swim in Summit Lake, followed by a 17.1-mile bike ride over 3,988-foot Kennison Mountain to the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center. The race concludes with a 6.2-mile run to and from Cranberry Glades.To register for the spectator-friendly race, go to and search for "Scenic Mountain" or "Richwood" to access the link to the registration page. Call 304-846-6790 or visit for more information.Chili cook-offSNOWSHOE, W.Va. -- The 22nd annual Fire on the Mountain Chili Cook-off is set for July 19 and 20 at Snowshoe.Cooks will vie for cash prizes, trophies and bragging rights, plus the chance to represent Snowshoe at the World's Championship Chili Cookoff in Palm Springs, Calif., in October. The two-day event also includes food, musical entertainment, arts and crafts and games. Call 877-441-4386 or visit for more information.
Night trains
CASS, W.Va. -- Cass Scenic Railroad in Pocahontas County is offering four train rides on nights of a new moon and a full moon.The new-moon runs are July 9 and Aug. 6. Full-moon runs are Aug. 20 and Sept. 19.For the new moon runs, the train departs Whittaker Station at 8 p.m. Astronomers from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory will have telescopes at Whittaker Station and will help sight in stars and planets. There is a 100-passenger limit.The full-moon runs will travel to Bald Knob, the second-highest natural elevation in West Virginia. The train departs the Cass depot at 8 p.m. and returns to the depot by 12:30 a.m. Reservations are required.Tickets for all excursions are $36 for adults, $26 for children ages 5-12 and $16 for children under 5.
For more excursion information or to make reservations, call Cass Scenic Railroad at 304-456-4300, ext. 101 or 104. The 2013 calendar is available at cruisesPARKERSBURG, W.Va. -- Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park offers dinner cruises on the Island Belle sternwheeler from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2 and Sept. 6, departing from Point Park, where a music concert will follow each cruise.Also, "Island Frolic" cruises take place July 27 and Aug. 24 on the sternwheeler to Blennerhassett Island for an evening picnic. Departure is at 6:30 p.m.; return is three hours later. On the island, in addition to a picnic-style meal, there will be a narrated wagon ride tour and a guided tour of the Blennerhassett Mansion.Seating is limited and reservations are required. Tickets for the cruises are $25 for adults and $20 for children ages 3-12. To purchase tickets, call the park office at 304-420-4800. For more information, call the park office or visit railroadROMNEY, W.Va. -- The historic Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad offers three-hour train rides along the South Branch of the Potomac River, through "the trough," a narrow mountain valley where bald eagles nest.Trips depart at 1 p.m. each Saturday through September from Wappocomo station on W.Va. 28, one mile north of Romney. There are Sunday departures July 28 and Sept. 1 and 29. Special eight-hour round-trips depart Romney at 10 a.m. for Petersburg.Fall foliage trips run Oct. 3-27, departing at 1 p.m. daily, except for Oct. 12, 13, 19 and 20, when trains depart at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.First-class and coach tickets are available for all trips. Coach class purchasers may buy sandwiches, snacks and drinks on board or bring a small picnic cooler (no alcohol). First-class tickets includes riding in a dining car with a full meal served during the trip.For more information, ticket prices and to order tickets, call 304-424-0736 or visit Groups and tour buses welcome. No smoking or pets allowed on train.
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