Travel Notes: May 15, 2014

Good Sams Samboree

MINERAL WELLS, W.Va. — The West Virginia Good Sams will have their Spring Samboree Big RV Rally May 16-18 at the Butcher Bend 4-H Grounds. The theme is “Senior Prom.” Entertainment is offered each night along with popcorn around the fire.

For more information, call 304-482-7568, email or visit

Cass Scenic Railroad

CASS, W.Va. — Train rides on the Cass Railroad in Pocahontas County for the 2014 season begin May 20. This year’s schedule has new special runs, double headers and more.

For details, call 304-456-4300, email or visit

Three Rivers Festival

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — The West Virginia Three Rivers Festival will take place May 22-24 at Palatine Park, featuring live entertainment, carnival rides, a parade, food and a fireworks display. The festival is also home to a pepperoni roll bake-off and “world championship” pepperoni roll eating contest.

For more information, call 304-288-3079.

Dandelion Festival

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Explore the culture and heritage of White Sulphur Springs in Greenbrier County Memorial Day weekend, May 22-26, at the Dandelion Festival with dandelion wine tastings, arts and crafts, cultural exhibits and live entertainment.

For more information, call 304-536-5060, email or visit them online at

Vandalia Gathering

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Vandalia Gathering brings together the finest traditional Appalachian musicians for a weekend of great picking May 23-25 on the state Capitol grounds and the West Virginia Culture Center.

Elder statesmen and young upstarts perform onstage, compete in contests and play in impromptu jam sessions. Visitors to the Gathering can enjoy fiddle, banjo, mandolin and guitar contests outside during the day, and concerts in the State Theater in the evenings.

For more information, call 304-558-0220, email or visit

River City Festival

ROWLESBURG, W.Va. — Enjoy original plays, food and music May 23-25 with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra at the seventh annual River City Festival of the Arts at the Szilagyi Center (former Rowlesburg School). The weekend also includes a parade, the Smithsonian Hometown Teams Exhibit, World War II Museum, bridges exhibit, quilt room, 4-H living history and art exhibits.

For more information, call 304-454-9786, email or visit


THOMAS, W.Va. — Visit the fourth annual celebration of ArtSpring — A High Mountain Arts Festival in Tucker County May 23-26. Events are scheduled throughout Canaan Valley and the historic towns of Davis, Thomas and Parsons including galleries, open studios, open air painting, farmers and artisans market, street musicians, children’s activities and more. For more information, call 304-698-2869, email or visit

Julia Pierpont Day

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Celebrate Julia Pierpont, wife of Gov. Francis H. Pierpont, as she’s honored May 24 as the originator of Decoration Day, now known as Memorial Day.

Julia Pierpont Day, sponsored by The Julia Pierpont Society of Pierpont Community and Technical College and the Marion County Historical Society, begins with a breakfast with the appearance of Julia and Gov. Pierpont. For more information, call 304-367-5398, email or visit

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