The federal government shutdown is having a local effect, including changes to the 77th Mountain State Forest Festival in Elkins.
At midnight Oct. 1, the United States Government shut down when lawmakers failed to agree on an appropriate spending bill to continue funding the government.
"We lost some of the forestry exhibitors in the park this year because of the government shutdown," MSFF Executive Director Cindy Nucilli said. "The Forest Service, Canaan Valley Refuge and veteran's groups called to say they would not be able to participate in this year's festivities."
Usually, Kids Day at the Festival features a large conservation village with a cave to explore, a wetlands display and many other forest-related exhibits, all with an educational purpose.
Those stations are not set up in the Elkins City Park this year.
"We have also lost some units for the Grand Feature Parade," Nucilli said. "Some of the color guard units have had to cancel coming to the parade as well."
CNN statistics say most of the country's 3.3 million federal government workers were deemed "essential" so they will keep working. But more than 800,000 government employees will sit at home.
The last U.S. government shutdown was in 1995 and lasted 21 days.