Travel Notes: June 22, 2014

Photo courtesy of DEL LEE DOTSON
Eunice Kitchen (left), pictured with her late husband, Edgar, and Betty Dotson-Lewis, will be crowned Queen of the Festival during the 34th annual Music in the Mountains Bluegrass Festival this week.
Photo courtesy of BETTY DOTSON-LEWIS Karl Shifflet & Big Country Bluegrass Band entertain the crowd
Photo courtesy of BETTY DOTSON-LEWIS
Bluegrass music fans enjoy a summer day at the Music in the Mountains Bluegrass Festival, in Summersville.
Bluegrass music greats have long been part of the Summerville’s Music in the Mountains Bluegrass Festival, which runs June 25-28.

Bluegrass festival

SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. — The 34th annual Music in the Mountains Bluegrass Festival at the Summersville Music Park, on Webster Road, runs June 25-28.

The outdoor music event is dedicated to the memory of co-owner Edgar Kitchen who, along with his wife, Eunice, 96, has often been recognized for contributions to the state’s musical heritage. This year, however, Eunice Kitchen will be recognized for her undying commitment to bluegrass music in a unique way.

She will be crowned Queen of the Festival.

“I never thought anything like this, being crowned queen of this festival, would ever happen to me,” Eunice said.

The 2014 musical lineup includes bluegrass legend Dr. Ralph Stanley, whose career has spanned more than 60 years and is known for popularizing the song “Man of Constant Sorrow” in 1951; five-time Grammy nominee singer-songwriter Rhonda Vincent; International Bluegrass Music Hall of Famer Doyle Lawson and other bluegrass greats.

Cast members Corby Patton and Rufus Keeney of the History Channel series “Appalachian Outlaws” will also make appearances.

For more information, contact Betty Dotson-Lewis at 704-929-3118.

July Fourth in Ripley

RIPLEY, W.Va. — “The USA’s Largest Small Town 4th of July Celebration,” Ripley’s 2014 festivities include a concert by West Virginian Adam D. Tucker, who headlines a full day of entertainment on the Jackson County Courthouse square.

Morning activities will start with a pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. at Calvary United Methodist Church, followed by the 10 a.m. opening ceremonies on the courthouse lawn. This year marks the 16th running of the Firecracker 2 Miler race at 11:30 a.m. in front of the thousands of spectators who will be lined up for the parade at noon.

Dreama Denver, widow of TV celebrity Bob Denver, of “Gilligan’s Island” fame, will serve as grand marshal.

Other highlights will include a carnival by Gambill Amusements (July 1-5), a 7 p.m. pig roast at Country Rhodes Bed & Breakfast, and a 10 p.m. fireworks display.

Visit for a complete schedule of events. Call the Ripley Convention & Visitors Bureau at 304-514-2609 or 844-772-8850 for information.

Sternwheel Regatta

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — The annual Point Pleasant Sternwheel Regatta takes place along Main Street and Riverfront Park, Point Pleasant, June 26-28. Admission is free, and events include entertainment, food, dinner cruise and a pageant. For more information, visit, email or call 304-593-2404.

Road bowling finals

IRELAND, W.Va. — The top male and female bowlers from each of two open qualifiers will compete in the West Virginia Irish Road Bowling Association’s state finals next weekend in Ireland, Lewis County. Semifinals will take place all day Saturday, and the finals will be Sunday afternoon.

For more information, visit or call David Powell at 202-387-1680 or 202-905-1959.

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