Freshwater Folk Festival

The Freshwater Folk Festival at the White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery on East Main Street will be September 10th, 2016. This festival is a combination of music, art, dance, and hands-on nature activities on the beautiful hatchery grounds.

There will be plenty of food for sale by commercial vendors and the 4-H Club, and there will be crafts vendors at the festival.

The hatchery tours during the day will feature both the rainbow trout and mussel projects. The freshwater mussel project at the White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery is fascinating because of the complexities of the mussels’ lifecycle. The mussels are important in maintaining good water quality. Many children enjoy watching the rainbow trout in one of the outdoor pools lunge for the food that the kids throw to them. The fish food is available from a vending machine next to the pool, and the quarters are used to fund the festival.

The new Twin Fawns Trail’s one-mile loop on the hill behind the hatchery will be featured with retired forest ranger Jim Miller leading tree-identification walks. Fly fishing skills will be taught by Trout Unlimited, and folks will get to see impressive birds provided by the Avian Center of Appalachia. Local watershed associations will promote preservation of the freshwater environment.
Parking for the festival will be in the northwest corner of the hatchery grounds reached by entering via Hemlock Drive about 100 yards west of the main hatchery entrance. A lawn chair that a person brings to the festival will be a bit more comfortable than the benches at the amphitheater.
This event is presented by the Friends of the White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery and sponsored by businesses, several individuals and couples, the WV Division of Culture and History, the Greenbrier County Commission, and the Greenbrier County Conventions and Visitors Bureau.

For more information visit online or call 304-646-0602.

And, as always, the festival is FREE!

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