Travel Notes: April 27, 2014

Blennerhassett to reopen

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — On May 1, Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park in Parkersburg reopens to the public and begins excursions to historic Blennerhassett Island. Tours of the Blennerhassett mansion, wagon rides and Maple Shade also resume a regular spring/summer/fall schedule. For more information, call 304-420-4800, email, or visit

Rally in the Valley

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. — Rally in the Valley will take place May 1-4 in the winding hills of Southern West Virginia. The annual motorcycle rally features bikes, food, vendors, bands, competitions and lots of other activities. The festival is based in Williamson.

For more information, call 304-235-5240, 304-235-5240 or 606-625-6850, or email or

Migration bird banding

GRAFTON, W.Va. — Tygart Lake State Park will host is Spring Migration Bird Banding Weekend May 2-4 with activities for the novice or seasoned birder. Activities are open to day visitors, and overnight packages also are available.

For more information, call 304-265-6144, email or visit

River Days Spring Fest

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — Sleepy Creek on the Potomac, in Berkeley Springs, hosts the River Days Spring Fest May 2-4, a family-friendly music and arts festival designed to draw some of the region’s best talent. It features an All Star Jam on Saturday, an Acoustic River Jam Party on Sunday, and other attractions including canoe rentals, river shuttles, live art projects, workshops, puppet shows, dancers, fire performers and more.

For more information, call 240-217-6189, email or visit

Scottish/Celtic festival

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. — The North Central West Virginia Scottish Heritage Society will host its 13th annual Scottish Festival & Celtic Gathering May 2–4 at Bridgeport City Park, in Bridgeport. Activities include a solo bagpipe competition, Highland dancing competition, Scottish country dancing, hand bells, heritage musicians, living-history presentations and more.

For information, call 304-677-6425, email or visit

Antique engine show

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — The West Virginia State Farm Museum, in Point Pleasant, will hold an Antique Gas Engine Show May 3 and 4, featuring exhibits of working sawmills, displays of small engines and antique tractors, over 30 historic buildings, the General’s Barn, church services and a gospel sing on Sunday and other numerous exhibits.

Admission is free and camping is available. For more information, call 304-675-5737, email or visit

Engines/Wheels Festival

CAIRO, W.Va. — North Bend State Park will hold the Engines and Wheels Festival May 3 at the park in Cairo, an opportunity to learn about old-fashioned machines and how engines, wheels and antique mechanisms became the workhorses of a generation. Local engine and wheels enthusiasts will be on hand displaying their knowledge of the equipment and the mechanisms that make it work.

For more information, call 304-628-3396, email or visit

Smoke Hole Resort

CABINS, W.Va. — Smoke Hole Resort, in Cabins, will have a Free Fun Day May 3 featuring free fishing — kids 12 and younger get a free fishing pole and a free trout from the trout pond — free archery targets and air gun rifle targets and more.

For more information, call 304-257-5160, email or visit

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