Maple Syrup Festival set in Pickens

PICKENS – The Pickens Improvement and Historical Society is preparing for the 30th annual West Virginia Maple Syrup Festival March 15 and 16 in Pickens, deep in the hardwoods of Randolph County.

The annual festival has become famous in West Virginia and surrounding states. The attendance increases every year no matter if there is rain, snow or sunshine.

The weather in Pickens is very unpredictable in March, but this has not affected the festival in past years.

The citizens of Pickens are proud of the fact that even though the community is small, everyone pulls together, along with friends and family from here or there to sponsor such a grand affair that is enjoyed by so many.

The festival is unique with no parades, no carnival rides and no clowns, but, it does offer a variety of educational events that can be enjoyed by both young and old. Most of the events represent a part of Picken’s heritage, which residents are proud to be able to pass on to others.

There will be demonstrations of basket weaving and wood chopping, and West Virginia crafters at work; and, of course, the process of making maple syrup. Exhibits of arts and photos, handmade quilts will be on display throughout the festival. A chainsaw artist will also be there to show off his flair.

The traditional Pancake and Buckwheat Cake Feed opens Saturday at the American Legion Hall and at the Pickens School Cafeteria from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and again on Sunday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the American Legion Hall only.

This delicious combination consists of buttermilk pancakes, buckwheat cakes with “100 percent pure maple syrup” and sausage. The cost is $7.50 for adults and an extra 50 cents for sausage and $5.50 for kids under 10 and an extra 50 cents for sausage.

There will be a variety of talent on stage at the Opera House located near Hull’s store throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday that is free to the public.

On Saturday evening, join in from 5 to 7 p.m. for a ham and bean buffet at the American Legion Hall. This tasty country meal is identical to the famous Pickens Ramp Supper without the ramps. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for kids.

A good ole’ Country Round and Square Dance will begin at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the American Legion Hall. The cost is $5.

An abundance of maple syrup, maple candy, maple sugar, handmade crafts and souvenirs of the festival will be on sale throughout the festival town.

For more information, please call: Deb Morgan at 304-457-8969, after 6 p.m.; Cecilia Smith at 304-924-5369 or Jerry Hull at 304-924-5509

Saturday, March 15

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Pancake feed at American Legion Hall

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Pancake feed at Pickens School

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Festival information at fire department

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Robert-Cunningham Museum open

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Alan Clarke book signing at fire department

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Steve Bodkins book signing at craft store

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Dr. Carol Gillespie book signing at fire department

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Chainsaw artist at Post Office yard

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Old depot ticket office open

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Crafters and craft sale at craft house

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Crafters at quilt house

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Crafters at fire department

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Crafters at depot

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Children’s art show at depot

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Photo show at depot

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Quilt display and sale at quilt house

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Quilt raffle tickets at quilt house and craft store

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Pickens history books at craft store

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – WV wineries

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Childen’s games – upstairs at craft store

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Rock climbing at playground

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Hot dog sale at fire hall

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Local military picture display at opera house

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Free music at opera house

1 p.m. – Woodchopping exhibition at Legion Hall

5 -7 p.m. – Ham & Bean buffet at Legion Hall

8 – 11 p.m. – Square dance at Legion Hall

Sunday, March 16

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Pancake feed at American Legion Hall

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Food vendors open

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Festival information at fire department

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Robert-Cunningham Museum open

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Alan Clarke book signing at craft store

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Steve Bodkins book signing at craft store

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Dr. Carol Gillsepie book signing at fire department

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Chainsaw artist at post office yard

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Old depot ticket office open

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Crafters and craft sale at craft store

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Crafters at quilt house

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Crafters at fire department

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Crafters at depot

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Children’s art show at depot

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Photo show at depot

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Quilt display and sale at quilt house

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Quilt raffle tickets at quilt house and craft store – drawing at 4 p.m.

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Pickens history books at craft store

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – WV wineries

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Children’s games upstairs at craft store

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Rock climbing at playground

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Hot dog sale at fire hall

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Local military picture display at opera house

12 noon – Free WV music at opera house

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free entertainment at opera house

11 a.m. Baptist Church begins

11:45 a.m. Mass at Catholic Church – Pickens