West Virginia University’s Mountaineer Week
University Events Recognize Appalachain Heritage
Each year, West Virginia University holds “Mountaineer Week,” which is a weeklong celebration created to pay tribute and honor West Virginia’s heritage and traditions. This year’s events kick off on Friday, October 20 and continue through Sunday, October 29. All events and activities are located at WVU’s Mountainlair on the Downtown Campus or at specific areas of the Evansdale Campus. The events are meant to educate WVU students and generate awareness amongst the surrounding community about the culture that has made our state, as well as Greater Morgantown, what it is today.
Kicking off Mountaineer Week is the Mountaineer Week Craft Fair and Quilt Show from 12pm to 8pm in the Mountainlair Ballrooms. The craft fair and quilt show has been a tradition of Mountaineer Week since 1972. A focus was placed on traditional crafts made by those who settled in Appalachia. Some of the crafts that will be highlighted at the event include spinning, woodcarving, early American basketry, cornhusk dolls, pottery, leather crafts, blacksmithing, dulcimer making and quilts.
If you’re walking by the Mountainlair, stop by for the apple butter stirring and corn roast, or pick up some kettle corn, pork rinds, and funnel cakes all week long! The WVU Farmer’s Market will also be outside, so stock up on your favorite seasonal fruits and veggies!
Other Mountaineer Week events include a Family Fun Day, presented by Mylan Pharmaceuticals, a Health and Wellness Expo, Bob Huggins 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, the Beard Growing Contest, a Ghost Tour, the 30th Annual Pumpkin Drop, the famous PRT Cram and more!
Don’t forget: WVU’s next football game is on Saturday, October 28 at 12pm against Oklahoma State and it’s a “True Blue” game, so wear your blue Mountaineer gear!
With plenty of fairs and food, and numerous activities, Mountaineer Week also holds several music events for students and visitors to engage in such as, a Mountain Music concert with bluegrass and old-time bands, the Hillbilly Gypsies band, and more!
On Sunday, October 29, WVU will hold the 14th annual Mountaineer Idol finale in the Mountainlair Ballrooms. Based off the TV show “American Idol,” WVU students prepare songs to showcase their vocal talents and compete for monetary prizes provided presented by Coco-Cola, Daniel’s Men’s Clothing and Mon Hill Records, as well as sponsor, American Idol. The first place winner will have the opportunity to sign an EP recording contract with Mon Hills Records, WVU’s record label.
Stop by the WVU Mountainlair for more activities and information about programs related to Appalachian history, culture and family organizations.
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