Need something to do this weekend? Here are some ideas to get out and about our beautiful state.

1. Rail Fan Weekend at Cass State Park – Cass

Cass Scenic Railroad State Park (via Wikipedia)

You know we’re a big fan of Cass Scenic Railroad State Park. But if you’re a big fan of train, then this weekend is for you. Drive on down for “the biggest three day event for the serious railroad enthusiast.” They tout this weekend as a three-day event dedicated to photo opportunities, in depth observation of locomotives, railroad operations, iron horse history, and more. Advance reservations are required to attend the event and is fee based. ”

Where: Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, Cass

When: Events from Friday, May 16 to Sunday, May 18 – Full Calendar

 

2. Recreating the Siege of Fort Randolph – Point Pleasant

Fort Randolph (via Wikipedia)

Standing at the confluence of the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers, Fort Randolph in Point Pleasant once protected European settlers in the 18th century. Come experience what life was like there as the fort is open for demonstrations and a dramatic recreation of the murder of Native American Chief Cornstalk in 1777.

Where: Rt. 2, Point Pleasant

When: Saturday, May 17. Fort opens 9 a.m., dramatization begins at 2 p.m.

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3. Talent Show Extravagnza – Martinsburg

The Apollo Civic Theater in Martinsburg holds it’s 10 annual talent show this Saturday night. Prizes will be awarded to the top acts and the Grand Prize winner will be featured in the Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival Parade in October 2014.

Where: Apollo Theater, 128 East Martin Street, Martinsburg

When: Saturday, May 17th – 7 p.m. Admission is $10

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4. Sunrise Breakfast Cruise Around Blennerhassett Island – Parkersburg

UPDATE: Sadly, this event has been postponned:

The Sternwheeler at Blennerhassett Island (via WV Dept. of Commerce)

Enjoy an early morning cruise on board the Island Belle sternwheeler which includes breakfast and a bird walk on the island. Breakfast menu includes: bacon, home fries, scrambled eggs, sausage gravy and biscuits, fresh fruit and beverage. Adult: $22; Child: (3-12) $18. Advance reservations are required.

Where: Blennerhassett State Park, Parkersburg

When: Saturday May 17

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5. GardenFest Weekend – Shepherdstown

Downtown Shepherdstown (via Washingtonian)

Love flowers and gradens? Because I mean, come on, who doesn’t? Then Shepherdstown’s GardenFest Weekend is for you. The centerpiece of the two-day event will be the town’s 15th annual Back Alley Garden Tour and Tea, which will include a self-guided walking tour of more than a dozen private gardens rarely open to the public and an elegant afternoon tea. Both days will also be full of many other garden-related activities, including demonstrations and exhibits about horticulture, landscaping, composting, beekeeping, raising chickens, indoor gardening, flower arranging, and a farmer’s market.

Where: Downtown Shepherdstown

When:  Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19

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6. Blue and Gold Mine Sale at Mountaineer Field – Morgantown

The sale in 2011 (via WVU Today)

The United Way of Mon County has been collecting items for their 14th annual Mine Sale for a while—so if you like yard sales and flea markets, you’ll love this annual event!  All proceeds are donated to the local United Way as part of WVU’s annual campaign. The sale will be held in the East Concourse of the Milan Puskar football stadium. General admission is free and begins at 8:30am. The early bird special begins at 7:00am for only a $4 admission fee.

 

Where: Mountaineer Field, Morgantown

When: Saturday, May 17 at 7 a.m. (for $4) and free admission after 8 a.m.

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7. Armed Forces Day Parade – South Charleston

Gold Star Moms march in last year’s parade. (via GoldStarMoms.com)

Come celebrate America’s Armed Forces with the 55th annual Herbert J. Thompson Memorial Hospital Armed Forces Day Parade. Over one hundred units are participating in this year’s parade from cartoon characters to marching bands.

Where: Downtown South Charleston

When: Saturday, May 17 at Noon

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