ROMNEY, W.Va. — The 34th Hampshire Heritage Fest kicks off Friday evening with a reception at the Bottling Works Building on U.S. Route 220 for Civil War artist John Paul Strain.
On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Strain will feature his latest painting of the Romney home of Royce and Sharon Saville, known as Liberty Hall, the dwelling that was the headquarters of Gen. Stonewall Jackson.
One of the highlights of the fest is the lumberjack competition that will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind campus.
World champion Arden Cogar Jr., a native of Hamlin, and 30 other champion competitors from Virginia, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire, will participate.
Cogar is the 2011 and 2012 U.S. Stihl champion and a top American axman.
Another participating champion is Jerry Gingras, the top chain saw competitor in the country from New Hampshire. Gingras has set several world records.
Other Saturday activities will take place at FNB Bank on North High Street.
Crafters and food vendors will be set up along High Street and Rosemary Lane and the lot across the street. Numerous inflatables for the kids will be located around the festival area.
County farmer Garrett Kuykendall is providing a large flatbed truck that will be used as a stage for entertainment. Hay bale seating will be compliments of the farmer and Hampshire County commissioner Dave Parker.
Entertainment begins at 11 a.m. with local entertainers Ronnie Wolford Jr. and Logan Garrett.
Other entertainers throughout the day include the RGP Band (Randy Gardner), Southern Governor Band and 8 Lives Spent.
Civil War living history will be presented both days at Fort Mill Ridge and the Schools for the Deaf and Blind.
A Civil War sermon will be held at FNB Bank on Sunday beginning at 12:30 p.m.
Singers Blind Tapestry will perform at the schools’ campus Sunday from 1 to 1:30 p.m. followed by the Short Mt. Brothers, Joseph Hott, Chris Weaver and Gerald Hott.
Founders Day, Sept. 27-29
The Founders Day Fest is in its sixth year and will be held just off U.S. Route 50 adjacent to the Capon Bridge Fire Company. It is sponsored by the Capon Bridge Ruritan Club.
The festival has a variety of live entertainment, 18th-century craft demonstrations, Civil War living history, an animal park, kids land and youth archery/BB gun competition.
A car show is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a chili cook-off from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 28.
Sept. 29 includes portrayals of Mark Twain and Mary Todd Lincoln.
Entertainment includes Rain Crow, Charlee Allman, Maria Rose and Danny Elswick, Jim Morris and the Old Time Jammers, Seth Maynard, Andrew McKnight, and Joe and Sam Herrman.
Parking and admission are free.
Festival hours are Friday from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Romney ON TRAC-Halloween Bash, Oct. 26
A Halloween bash from 4 to 8 p.m. will take place at the Hampshire County Co-op and Heritage Marketplace on South Marsham Street.
A haunted area, kids’ crafts, a dance and pumpkin carving for the adults are among the activities.
Adults and kids will be judged for scariest and most original costumes.
Romney Parks and Recs will sell caramel and candy covered apples and goodies.
Romney History Fest Veterans Day celebration, Nov. 11
Veterans Day will be observed at Celebration Park adjacent to City Hall.
Preliminary plans are to move to the Bottling Works Building for dinner.
Organizers will share detailed information as plans are confirmed.
For more information, call 304-788-0903.