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Charles Town to host first WV Fest celebrating West Virginia Arts & Heritage

By Staff | Jun 3, 2016

In honor of the birthday of the state of West Virginia, Charles Town is highlighting all that is wonderful about West Virginia on Saturday, June 18.

Downtown streets will be filled with artisans, food vendors, wine garden, live music, talks and tours at iconic historical sites and lots of activities for the kiddies including a stick horse race down Main Street sponsored by the Jefferson Arts Council and the West Virginia Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

Speaking of races, the kick off to this event at 10 a.m. will feature a 5K Race (or walk) through the streets of Charles Town to jump start the morning. The race is sponsored by Bros & Bras of Charles Town.

The regular Saturday Charles Town Farmers Market will be open with extended hours from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. showcasing over 25 amazing farmers.

Don’t miss the John Brown Tour, “The Rest of the Story.” This walking tour, led by a Harpers Ferry National Historical Park ranger, will guide participants to the place where John Brown’s trial was held.

They will see the wagon that carried him (courtesy of the Jefferson County Museum) and visit the actual hanging site.

The end of the day will culminate with a special announcement on the lawn of historic “Happy Retreat,” former home of Charles Washington who is the founder of Charles Town and brother to George Washington.

“Charles Town’s WV Fest is going to be a celebration in many ways. We are celebrating our new arts and culture district, our heritage and West Virginia’s birthday. Put on your blue and gold and join us. It’s going to be a fun day and you’re invited,” said Peggy Smith, mayor of Charles Town.

For more information, go to www.charlestownwv.us.