Clinics and a tryout for jesters of the 76th Mountain State Forest Festival will begin later this month at the YMCA in Elkins.
Randolph County students currently enrolled in the sixth through ninth grades are eligible.
Jester applicants will be judged on an original paragraph of 100 words or less on "Why I Want To Be a Jester;" a routine including cartwheels, somersaults, round-offs and simple dance steps to be taught during jester clinics; and their own individual one-minute routine. Participants also will be judged on their appearance, attitude, smile, personality and gymnastics ability. An educator reference, including an attendance and grade report, as well as a personal reference will be required.
Jesters of the 75th Mountain State Forest Festival perform during the coronation of Maid Silvia LXXV. Tryouts for the 76th MSFF?will be April 28 after three mandatory clinics.
To be eligible, participants must attend all jester clinics at the YMCA. Dates and times for the clinics are as follows: 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 23, 25 and 26. A mandatory parent meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. April 23.
Tryouts will take place at 10 a.m. April 28 at the YMCA.
Jester tryout applications are available at any Randolph County middle or high school, the Mountain State Forest Festival office or at www.forestfestival.com/jesters.
A parent or guardian must sign the release portion of the application before any student can participate in the clinics or tryouts.
The Mountain State Forest Festival jesters are included in all minor court activities including school tours, coronation and parades. For more information about jester tryouts, anyone interested can call the Forest Festival Office at 304-636-1824 or visit www.forestfestival.com/jesters.
The 76th Mountain State Forest Festival will be Sept. 29 to Oct. 7.