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Autumn Harvest Festival & WV RoadKill Cook-Off

September 23, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - September 24, 2016 @ 5:00 pm



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Square Dance at the Opera House 7-9pm

Band:  Mud Hole Control

Charlie Loudermilk started playing banjo in the late 1940s and Junior Spencer started playing the fiddle about the same time.  By the 1950s they had started playing square dances together.  They played music together regularly until Charlie’s passing in 2012.

In the mid 70’s Charlie’s sons started playing with them.  Jerry “Cannonball” played the upright bass and Charlie “Junior” played guitar.

The band has won many awards including a couple third place finishes at the Appalachian String Band Music Festival at Clifftop, WV and first and second place finishes at the Maury River Fiddler’s Convention in Buena Vista, VA.  Junior

The band has won many awards including a couple third place finishes at the Appalachian String Band Music Festival at Clifftop, WV and first and second place finishes at the Maury River Fiddler’s Convention in Buena Vista, VA.  Junior and Charlie have won and placed in many fiddle and banjo contests including the Vandalia Gathering in Charleston, WV.

Steven Casto started playing banjo when he was eight years old.  By the time he was 10, he had started setting in on jam sessions with Mud Hole Control.  In 2010 he began playing with the band on a regular basis and 2011 began playing full time with them.  In 2013 and 2014 Steven won first place at the Highland County Fiddler’s Convention.

Caller: Mack Samples

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Saturday September 24, 2016

Preforming in the Marlinton Gazebo

10am-12pmErica Rebinski & Wesley Cash (acoustic duo)

erica and wesErica and Wes have been performing together as long as they have been friends. They met at a Nashville restaurant where they both worked as singing servers and found immediate success writing and performing together.  They play regularly on Broadway in downtown Nashville as well as many other places.  The combination of the sultry and sweet voice of Miss Erica Rebinski and the versatile vocal talents of Wesley Cash make for a very diverse and engaging show. They are but on the first step of their journey and as long as music and dreams exist, they’ll be chasing both

12pm-2pm:  The Black Mountain Blue Grass Boys

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The Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys are among West Virginia’s longest-running bluegrass bands. The group first organized in 1968 around the foursome of Richard Hefner (banjo/tenor vocal), his brother Bill Hefner (guitar/mandolin/baritone vocal), their late uncle Glenn “Dude” Irvine (mandolin) and the late Harley Carpenter (guitar/lead vocal). They took their name from Black Mountain in their native Pocahontas County. For five years the group worked a weekly radio show on WVAR, in Richwood. They also made regular appearances at local events and regional bluegrass festivals. They recorded their first album in January 1971, “Pure Old Bluegrass”, and in the mid-1970s they followed up with a pair of albums: “Million Lonely Days” and “Talk of the County.” More recent albums include “Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys 1968-1973,” “Live at Midnight,” “Live at The Opera House,” and “Live at Greenbrier Valley Theatre.”

As with many bluegrass bands, the Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys have had changes in personnel over the years. Richard Hefner remains as the lone original member. Hefner’s traditional bluegrass banjo playing and tenor vocals have contributed both continuity and much of the “high lonesome” sound for which the band has become so well-known. He has displayed his banjo skills many times as a victor in contests and at the Vandalia Festival. Chris Nickell from Monroe County, contributes driving lead and rhythm guitar work as well as lead vocals. Rick Carpenter—son of founding member Harley Carpenter—picks a fine mandolin and sings lead and baritone vocals. Bass player Mike Smith, of Culloden, has worked with such notables as Larry Sparks, Dave Evans, and the Goins Brothers

2pm-4pm:  The Bing Brothers & Jake Krackbing-bros

From the Pocahontas Times: The Bing Brothers have played their hard-driving brand of string band music from Canada to Florida – from Spain to England, and from Australia, to Ireland and Scotland. Their sound has been formed in the West Virginia mountains, and they remain true to their roots. Yet The Bing Brothers are highly versatile, playing selections in old time and bluegrass, as well as traditional Irish songs and ragtime. Banjo player Tim Bing is a 13-time West Virginia State Champion and Appalachian String Band winner. Fiddler Jake Krack has won the Galax Fiddler’s Convention Contest four times and is known as one of today’s top old time fiddlers. Mandolin player and band leader Mike Bing has been the glue that has kept the band together for over 30 years, and created The Allegheny Echoes Summer Workshops, which celebrate Pocahontas County and West Virginia music. In appreciation of their contributions to West Virginia music, Mike and Tim Bing are the 2012 recipients of the West Virginia Culture and History’s Vandalia Award. Guitarist and fiddler Danny Arthur has kept the powerful rhythm of the band cranking since 1981, with the additions of guitarist Bob Lieving and bassist Tim Corbett in 2002. The excitement and love of the traditional music can be felt throughout this live recording as the band performs 25 tunes adding their unique approach to the music they love to play and share with the world.

Jake Krack (born 1984), son of Reed and Dara Krack, is a prominent young old-time fiddler and fiddle teacher from Nicut, West Virginia. He began fiddling at age six or so. His teachers include Bobby Taylor, Lester McCumbers, Melvin Wine, Brad Leftwich, Joe Thompson, Wilson Douglas, and Glen Smith. He received a B.A. degree from Berea College in Kentucky in 2007, where his friends called him “Jack”. He has had two internships: at the Smithsonian Institution with music archivist Jeff Place and with the West Virginia Humanities Council, working on the Mountain Music Heritage Project.
Krack performed on the A Prairie Home Companion radio program in 1998, and on the Mountain Stage radio program in 2000. Also in 2000 he performed at the Millennium Stage of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He performed at MerleFest in 2002 and in the 2003 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
He has won first place in old-time fiddle at the Galax Fiddlers Convention in Galax, Virginia (2003, 2006, and 2008), the Henry Reed Festival (2007), the Clifftop festival in Clifftop, Fayette County, West Virginia (2006), the Mount Airy Fiddlers’ Convention in Mount Airy, North Carolina (2002, 2004, and 2009), and the under-60 category at the Vandalia Gathering in Charleston, West Virginia (2002).
He compiled, arranged, and co-produced the 2007 Smithsonian Folkways CD Classic Old-time Fiddle From Smithsonian Folkways, and coproduced Lester McCumbers’ CD Old Timey.
He was featured in The New York Times in 1999 and appeared in the 2004 PBS documentary Soundmix: Five Young Musicians.

Jake is available for concerts, entertainment, workshops, festivals, instruction, accompaniment and dances. He can be contacted by telephone at 304-550-6987 or by mail at 923 9th Ave Marlinton 24954 or by e-mail at jk1221@gmail.com.


Over 70 Craft Vendors

All Day Mountain Heritage Music

`Possum Trot 5k Walk/Run

Harvest Games for Kids

Hudson Cream Biscuit Bake-off

WV Roadkill Pageant Royalty

Charming Downtown Marlinton

Dog Show

Hammons Music Festival


Wild & Wacky – that’s what everyone calls this

festival in the heart of West Virginia mountains.

The West Virginia RoadKill Cook-off is one of the region’s most exciting events. In years past, the Food Network, the Travel Channel, and the

Discovery Channel have all covered this wild and

wacky festival! We’ve even been featured on TV in both England and Sweden! If you’ve ever wanted to taste dishes like squirrel gravy, or

teriyaki marinated bear or deer sausage, this is the place for you to be!

$5.00 wristband to taste the vittles. Come early, samples are limited! It’s first come first serve.

Cookin’ starts at 9 a.m. — judgin’ starts at

noon and you can taste the grub whenever

you work up the nerve (after 10:30 a.m.).

roadkill cookoff crowd

On the web

For additional information, contact:

Pocahontas County Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 272
200 Eighth Street
Marlinton, WV 24954





September 23, 2016 @ 4:00 pm
September 24, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
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Autumn Harvest Festival
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Downtown Marlinton
Marlinton, WV 24954 United States + Google Map