The 76th Mountain State Forest Festival's downtown carnival was packed Friday as students from Randolph and Barbour counties took advantage of the day off from school. Smiles and laughter abounded as kids tried to win a goldfish, got in line for an amusement ride or bought their favorite carnival food.
Parking is always something to consider when going to downtown Elkins during the festival. Boy Scout Troop 88 has provided parking for many years, and it is one of its bigger fundraisers.
David Rose, a Troop 88 member, said he enjoys helping his troop raise money.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Casey Houser
Members of the Washington, D.C., Fire Department play the bagpipes and drums at the Elkins Volunteer Fire Department on Friday evening.
"We park cars at the First United Methodist Church parking lot and the lot near Davis Memorial Hospital," Rose said. "It helps people and helps us as well."
The MSFF Crafts & More exhibit at First United Methodist Church was busy Friday as people purchased gifts, many beginning their Christmas shopping.
Morgantown resident Renee Cress said this was her first time as a vendor at the show.
"I set up at many fairs and festivals," Cress said. "This show has been wonderful. I am definitely coming back next year."
Cress sells handcrafted jewelry made from fossils and semi-precious gemstones.
Another vendor at the Crafts & Moore exhibit, Chris Gurney, was selling inspired wire works.
"I am doing well this year," Gurney said. "Everyone has been very nice."
The GFWC Woman's Club of Elkins Arts and Craft Show, held at the D&E Memorial Gym, was crowded with shoppers Friday afternoon. Club member Mary Jane Kiley said the day had been steady.
"We have more than 65 participants," Kiley said. "Lots of merchandise is going out the door and everyone seems to be having a great time."
Kiley said that all money raised from the show comes back to the community in the form of scholarships and donations.
One new vendor at the Woman's Club show sold metal flowers. The designer, Margaret Owen, said she has a biology background and makes metal sculptures to insert into real flowers.
"The stems are waterproof so they can be put into real plants," Owen said. "I am having a great time here in Elkins. Everyone is so nice."
The 2012 Forest Festival Art Exhibit at the Randolph County Community Arts Center is hosted by the Center and the Seneca Trail Artists Guild.
"Approximately 110 submissions are on display including sculpture, 3-D, fabric, oil, acrylic, pastel and watercolors," guild member Becky Amorise said. "We have had a steady flow of folks in to enjoy the exhibit."
A multitude of events are scheduled for the final Saturday of the 2012 festival.
Registration for the lumberjack championship will begin at 7 a.m. and the competition will start at 8 a.m. at the D&E College Amphitheater.
The log cabin quilters will appear from 9 a.m. to noon at the Elkins-Randolph County YMCA.
From 9 a.m to 6 p.m., Elkins City Park will offer a variety of activities. Festival patrons will be able to see a BMX stunt show, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services exhibit, a barnyard petting zoo, a train exhibit, chainsaw carving by Andy Kerns and shingle cutting and branding by Wood Mizer and Jerry Allen.
The Randolph County Senior Center Bazaar will be open from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
The Photography Exhibit will be on display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Elkins-Randolph County YMCA.
At the Randolph County Library, the Mountain Weavers Guild will be present from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
From 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., the D&E Memorial Gym will be the location of the FGWC Woman's Club of Elkins Art and Craft Show. Meanwhile, the Crafts and More exhibit will be open at First United Methodist Church, on Kerens Avenue in Elkins.
From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Primitive Campground Display will be at D&E College. At this time, the Forestry and Wood Products Exhibit and West Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association Exhibit will be offered at the Elkins VFW on Randolph Avenue.
At 10:30 a.m., the Knights of the South Branch Valley Riding Tournament will grace the lower front field of D&E College.
Street performances can be seen from 10:30 a.m. to noon in downtown Elkins.
The Antique & Classic Street Rod Car Parade will start at 1 p.m. on 12th Street, going down Davis Avenue and up Randolph Avenue.
In the same location, the Special Units and Log Truck Parade begins at 1:15 p.m. The Grand Feature Parade begins at 1:30 p.m.
The Band Field Show gets under way at 4:45 p.m. at Wimer Field on South Davis Avenue.
The BMX Stunt Show will begin at 6 p.m. on the corner of 4th Street and Davis Avenue.
The Oak Ridge Boys will conclude today's entertainment with a performance at Harper McNeeley Auditorium at D&E College.
The festival wraps up Sunday with additional events and the Closing Ceremony.