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Mountaineer Week to celebrate 72 years of Appalachian culture, heritage

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The Mountaineer Week celebration begins with the Arts and Crafts Fair inside the Mountainlair from noon Friday (Nov. 1) to 4 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 3). (WVU Photo)

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A variety of musical performances, a record number of old-time craft demonstrations, new student contests and an ample supply of traditional Appalachian cuisine will be featured as part of West Virginia University’s 72nd Mountaineer Week Nov. 1-9. 

The annual celebration begins with the Arts and Crafts Fair inside the Mountainlair from noon Friday (Nov. 1) to 4 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 3).

Visitors will be immersed in the historically rich culture of West Virginia as sweet sounds emanate from the hammered dulcimer, the smell of homemade foods fill the air and 71 artisans from the across the mountain state demonstrate their craft. 

“There are so many great traditions and time-honored crafts being celebrated this week,” said Kristie Stewart-Gale, marketing and advertising manager for WVU Arts and Entertainment. “From quilting to blacksmithing to storytelling, I hope our students will participate in all of the activities and take time to learn a bit about our great state and the Appalachian culture that makes us Mountaineers.”

The Mountaineer Week Quilt Show will return to its original location at E. Moore Hall, where colorful homemade quilts will adorn the main lounge showcasing the talents of the Country Roads Quilt Guild members from noon Friday (Nov. 1) to 4 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 3). 

  • NOTE: The West Virginia Quilt Documentation Project will provide an opportunity to document quilts made before 1970. Documentation will take place in the Mountainlair’s Cathedral Room Saturday (Nov. 2) and Sunday (Nov. 3). Information collected will be stored in the state archives and will be uploaded to The Quilt Index, an extensive online data base. To make an appointment, contact Jane Larke at or 304.370.3229. 

In addition to some longstanding traditions, this year’s program will offer:

The Mark Hatfield Distillery exhibit, presented by a decedent of Devil Anse Hatfield and featuring the traditional methods of distillation, will take place Saturday (Nov. 2) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Monday (Nov. 3) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the Mountainlair. 

Appalachian Axe Throwing, a veteran-owned mobile axe throwing booth, will take place on Tuesday (Nov. 5) from 11 am. to 2 p.m. on the Mountainlair Plaza.

The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum exhibit, showcasing artifacts and historical records of the communities affected by the Mine Wars, will take place Wednesday (Nov. 6) at 2 p.m. in the Mountainlair Commons.

Genealogy with Margaret Kerr-Black, also scheduled for Wednesday, will take place from 5:30-7:30 pm. in Room 136 of the Downtown Library. 

Coffee and conversation about the new book “Mountaineers Are Always Free” will be hosted by WVU Press Friday (Nov. 8) from 10-11 a.m. in the Mountaineer Room of the Mountainlair. The event is free and open to WVU students, faculty, staff and community members.

Other Mountaineer Week favorites include:

Saturday (Nov. 2) at 3 p.m., Tellebration will be held in the main lounge of E. Moore Hall.

Monday (Nov. 4) from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., the annual PRT Cram will be held in front of the Mountainlair. 

Wednesday (Nov. 6) at noon, the beard growing competition winners will be announced in the Mountainlair Food Court. 

The week will conclude with the announcement of Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer and Most Loyals during halftime at the WVU football game against Texas Tech on Saturday, (Nov. 9) at Milan Puskar Stadium. 

See a full schedule of Mountaineer Week events.



CONTACT: Kristie Stewart-Gale
WVU Arts & Entertainment

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