Pioneer Days graced with good weather and good crowd

Devin and Joshlynn Burgess enjoy a ride at the Pioneer Days carnival on Saturday. The kids were at the carnival with their parents, Frank and Tiffany Burgess, of Marlinton.

The 48th annual Pioneer Days festival concluded appropriately on Sunday evening with a gospel sing at the Pocahontas County Opera House in Marlinton. For five days, Pocahontas County residents and guests enjoyed the midsummer celebration of community tradition and spirit. Starting on Wednesday, several events were conducted in the Marlinton area, including a carnival, parades, concerts and demonstrations of traditional crafts. The weather remained fine throughout the event, with just a drop or two of rain.

Third Avenue in downtown Marlinton was blocked off for the festival and occupied by a variety of food and crafts vendors. Top-flight musical acts, including the Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys and City Heat, performed on concert stages at City National Bank and Southern States. Shoppers browsed for hidden treasures and hard-to-find items at a flea market at the southern end of Third Avenue.

Autumn Harvest Festival royalty waves to the crowd from atop a fire engine during Friday evening’s Fireman’s Parade.

Several contests were conducted during the festival, including a frog and turtle race; a quilting, crafts and cooking show; a pet show; a horseshoe pitch; a car show and an art/photography contest. A truck and tractor pull was held at Stillwell Park on Saturday, attracting a larger than usual crowd. See next week’s edition of The Pocahontas Times for a list of competition winners.

The Pocahontas County Historical Society started Pioneer Days in 1967 as an effort to preserve the area’s pioneer heritage. In 1977, the non-profit Pioneer Days Association was incorporated to take over event organization and management. The event receives support from the Dramas, Fairs and Festivals Committee; Convention and Visitors Bureau and several local groups and businesses.


Miss West Virginia Roadkill Bailie Cain and Tiny Miss West Virginia Roadkill Jaylyn Ramsey ride in the Grand Feature Parade on Saturday.
A youngster rides his tricycle in the Pioneer Days Youth Parade on Thursday evening.


Classmates from Marlinton High School Class of 1969 ride through Saturday’s Grand Feature Parade.
Members of the Pocahontas County Historical Society walk through the Pioneer Days Grand Feature Parade. The Society started Pioneer Days in 1967.


Callie Rooper, of Scott Depot, won the Youth Spelling Bee at the Pocahontas County Museum on Friday afternoon.


A competitor pitches a shoe during the Pioneer Days horseshoe tournament on Saturday at the Mini-Park in Marlinton.


Regina Hall demonstrates her jewelry making skill at the Craft Show in the Pocahontas County Opera House. Hall creates rings and necklaces from vintage silverware, gems and beach glass.
Winners of Friday’s History Contest at the Pocahontas County Historical Society Museum were: First Place – Khristian Smith; Second Place – Suzanne Stewart; Third Place – Jaclyn Hollandsworth.






A contestant in Friday’s dog show eagerly awaits the results of judging.



A truck and tractor pull on Saturday afternoon attracted a large crowd to Stillwell Park.

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