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Travel notes: March 9, 2014

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WV Maple Syrup FestivalPICKENS, W.Va. - As maple farmers across the state work to turn their maple sap to syrup, the 29th West Virginia Maple Syrup Festival gets underway March 15 and 16 in Pickens, W.Va.Both days will be filled with arts and crafts, antique steam engine displays, a woodchopping expedition, a quilt show and sale, a children's art show and free entertainment at the Opera House.The festival begins March 15 with a pancake feed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the American Legion Hall and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Pickens School, where much maple syrup will be called upon. The pancake feed repeats from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 16 at the American Legion Hall. The pancake feed costs $7.50 for adults and $5.50 for children 10 and under.Admission is $5 to a square dance to be at Legion Hall from 8 to 11 p.m., March 15.For more details, visit: of Greenbrier Valley
LEWISBURG, W.Va. - The Greenbrier County Convention and Visitors Bureau is seeking votes for the "Best of the Greenbrier Valley" contest. The public is invited to vote for their favorite Greenbrier Valley attraction, lodging property, retail shop, restaurant and event.The contest, which runs through April 4th, will culminate May 8 as winners are announced at an evening reception at the CVB. The Greenbrier Valley is the second most visited region in the state.Votes may be cast by logging onto the CVB's website at or by completing a form at the visitors center.One entry is allowed per name and email address. Those who vote will be registered to win a Best of the Greenbrier Valley Prize Pack comprised of items from last year's winning businesses.For more information, visit or call 304-645-1000. The Greenbrier Valley Visitors Center is located at 200 West Washington St., Lewisburg.Irish Spring FestivalIRELAND, W.Va. - Join in a celebration of Scots-Irish heritage and the coming of spring at the Irish Spring Festival in Ireland, W.Va., from Thursday through March 20. The main day is Saturday, which includes a parade, harping workshop and concert, and yes, a fierce round of the little-known sport of road bowling - which involves a 28-ounce cannonball and a two-mile course lined with hazards, like a pig farm guarded by a 1,500-pound angus bull.For more information visit the festival website at or call 304-452-8962.
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