Mountaineer Week, the yearly West Virginia College celebration of its Appalachian roots, begins Monday (Oct. 30) and carries on through Sunday, Nov. 5.
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Mountaineer 7 days, the once-a-year West Virginia University celebration of its Appalachian roots, commences Monday (Oct. 30) and proceeds as a result of Sunday, Nov. 5.

Mountaineer 7 days began in 1947 as a way to make college spirit around the WVU vs. Kentucky soccer video game. A team of students, quite a few of whom had been Planet War II veterans, prepared a weekend of actions that involved a thuse, a costume contest and a dance. That initial celebration advanced into a weeklong celebration now in its 76th calendar year.

The week features a variety of occasions, including storytelling, concerts, demonstrations and foodstuff tastings.

The festivities open at noon Monday (Oct. 30) with the judging of the yearly Beard Growing Contest in the Mountainlair Foods Courtroom. Extra than 20 college students will vie for the bragging legal rights to the finest beard on campus as perfectly as income prizes supplied by University Flats. The Beard Increasing Contest began in 1949 and is the oldest continual function of the celebration.

The Arts & Craft Fair presented by Par Mar Suppliers, Mountaineer Week’s signature event, will be held Nov. 3-5. The good will showcase the work of extra than 60 Appalachian artisans chosen by jury. All items for sale are hand-crafted. Consumers will find exceptional pottery, jewelry, handblown glass, art prints, photography, bathtub and body items, and far more. The fair is held in the Mountainlair Ballrooms. Several hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The Quilt Demonstrate, organized and staffed by users of the Place Roadways Quilt Guild, pays homage to the region’s rich quilt and needlework heritage. The show is cost-free and open to the public amongst 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday (Nov. 3) and Saturday (Nov. 4), and 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 5), in Elizabeth Moore Corridor.

Quilt fanatics will also want to take a look at the “Lifecycle of the Rainbow Trout” show in the Mountainlair Greenbrier Home Friday (Nov. 3) and Saturday (Nov. 4). To start with-quality college students from Mountainview Elementary College made 5 quilts to depict what they acquired while participating in Trout Unlimited’s nationally recognized, science-primarily based Trout in the Classroom software which engages students in their mission to defend and restore the nation’s water assets though fostering a regard and appreciate for the all-natural earth. WVU pupils in Jennifer Ripley Stueckle’s general biology classes assisted the elementary college students in increasing their own rainbow trout which they unveiled in Might.

The WVU Humanities Middle will present the Appalachian Writer of Coloration Collection Monday (Oct. 30) at 7:30 p.m. in the Downtown Campus Library Milano Place. This year’s highlighted author is Lisa Kwong, author of “Becoming AppalAsian” and a member of the Affrilachian Poets. Kwong, a initial-technology college college student from Radford, Virginia, identifies as AppalAsian — an Asian from Appalachia. Her poem “Searching for Wonton Soup” was Sundress Publications’ 2019 Poetry Broadside Contest winner, and her do the job has been nominated for the Weatherford Award in Poetry.

Customers of the West Virginia Storytelling Guild will present Haunted Hollows: Spooky Stories from Appalachia in the Mountainlair Mountaineer Home at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1. Illene Evans, Jo Ann Dadisman and Judy Tarowsky will execute.

Lunchtime site visitors to the Mountainlair Food Courtroom will be handled to Appalachian new music throughout the week. Samuel James, Lexi Mank, Grace Campbell and Dalton Matheny, and The WVU Bluegrass Band and Old-Time Band are scheduled to accomplish. Bob Shank, Pat Harper and Jeff Fedan will handle Arts & Craft and Quilt Demonstrate readers to the seems of the dulcimer Nov. 3-5. More live shows are scheduled through WVUp All Evening and consist of Kaylee Boyce at 10:30 p.m. Nov. 3, Tommy Thompson at midnight Nov. 4, and WVU alum Emily Lehr and Ryan Brandenburg at 10:30 p.m. Nov. 4.

Trivia admirers will want to exhibit off their know-how at Appalachian Trivia at 6 p.m. Nov. 2, in the Mountainlair Food Courtroom. There will be 4 rounds of common expertise Appalachian and West Virginia trivia with prizes furnished by Par Mar Outlets, Uptown Cheapskate, Hoot and Howl and the WVU Bookstore. This celebration is hosted by the WVU Appalachian Advocacy Community. This college student organization operates to educate, encourage and prepare young men and women to have interaction in political motion and construct a a lot more sustainable potential for Appalachia. Country and bluegrass band Seventy9 will perform at 8 p.m. in the Food items Courtroom pursuing this celebration.

5 seniors who exemplify the Mountaineer Values of Company, Curiosity, Respect, Accountability and Appreciation will be named Mountaineers of Distinction during halftime ceremonies of the WVU vs. BYU football sport Saturday, Nov. 4.

Additional events taking spot all over the 7 days include: the West Virginia Quilt Documentation Task an apple butter demonstration and sale and an show by the Avian Conservation Middle of Appalachia. Meals distributors providing kettle corn, pork rinds, roasted nuts, southern hickory-smoked barbecue and jambalaya will be set up in entrance of the Mountainlair.

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