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Travel Notes: July 21, 2013

By Staff reports
Cowen Railroad FestivalCOWEN, W.Va. -- The Cowen Historical Railroad Festival continues July 21-28 in Cowen, Webster County.The festival includes pageants, live entertainment, a pig roast and contests for children and adults. A craft show, grand feature parade, a car show and other main events will take place July 27. The train show is July 26-28.For more information, call Tabitha or Brad Williams at 304-226-5682.Jackson County FairCOTTAGEVILLE, W.Va. -- The Jackson County Junior Fair runs July 22-27 at the fairgrounds near Cottageville.The fair will feature farm-fresh produce, food, carnival rides, ATV races, truck and tractor pulls, horse shows and more. Parking is free at the fairgrounds.Visit for the schedule or call 304-532-1232 for more information.'Aracoma Story' to openLOGAN, W.Va. -- "The Aracoma Story" opens July 23 and runs through Aug. 4 at Chief Logan State Park.The outdoor drama tells about the 200-year-old love story of Princess Aracoma and British soldier Boling Baker. Showtimes are 8:30 p.m. Ticket orders will be taken by phone Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 304-752-0253. For more information about the show, call 304-792-7125 or visit rallyMORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- The Wild and Wonderful MountainFest Motorcycle Rally begins July 24 in Morgantown.The four-day event includes concerts by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Jackyl with Jesse James Dupree, The Guess Who, Foghat and Three Dog Night. Stunt shows, live entertainment, food and motorcycle vendors also will be featured.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 304-284-8244.Bramwell Theatre Festival
BRAMWELL, W.Va. -- The Bramwell Theatre Festival will present the musical comedy "Smoke on the Mountain" July 25-28 and Aug. 1-4 at the Bramwell Theatre."Smoke on the Mountain" takes place in an Appalachian church during the Great Depression. There's a cast of seven with the audience serving as the congregation. The play presents Saturday-night gospel sings, a popular form of entertainment at the time.Showtimes are 7 p.m. with 3 p.m. Sunday matinees. Tickets cost $15. Reservations are recommended. To make reservations or for more information, call the Bramwell Theatre at 304-589-0246 or 304-248-8145 or visit float trip
RACINE, W.Va. -- Kevin's Lazy River Adventure is a 10.5-mile community float trip from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 27 on the Big Coal River.Boats will put in at John Slack Park in Racine and take out at Dartmont Park in Ashford, where the Big Coal River Branch of the Coal River Group will have its annual free picnic.Canoes and kayaks will be available to rent from Coal River Kayak. To reserve a boat for the float, call 304-722-3055. Contact Teresa Perdue at 304-836-5948 or Mary Browning at 304-837-3702 with questions. For more information, visit Dog FestivalHUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- National hot dog month will be celebrated July 27 at the West Virginia Hot Dog Festival at Pullman Square and Third Avenue, Huntington.The festival will feature contests and competitions, live music and entertainment all day, displays, prizes, demonstrations, crafts, shopping, car and truck shows and, of course, hot dogs.Call 304-525-7788 or visit for more information.Cherry River FestivalRICHWOOD, W.Va. -- The weeklong Cherry River Festival starts July 27 in Richwood.The celebration, themed "A Salute to the Military," will feature music shows every night and ends with a craft show, antique car show and parade on Aug. 3. Additional activities and attractions include pageants, horseshoe tournament, lumberjack dress-up contest, talent show, carnival rides, pet show, battery-powered motor races, remote-controlled vehicle races, military display, 5K walk/run, cherry pie contest, hot dog eating contest and food.For more information, call 304-846-6790 or 304-846-9114 or visit WorkshopMARLINTON, W.Va. -- Registration is now open for the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Workshop, set for Sept. 13-15 at Watoga State Park. Women 18 and older can learn outdoor skills with classes that include archery, biking, shooting, fly tying, fishing, nature walks and outdoor cooking. Men also are invited to participate.The workshop costs $150, which covers lodging and two dinners. Breakfast and lunch will be on your own. For more information, call 304-558-2771 or email The registration form can be downloaded at
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