Jubilee, Firemen’s fest to get underway Friday

Fans of fairs, festivals and fun will flock to Lewis County this weekend as two major events take place just a few miles apart.

The annual Jackson’s Mill Jubilee will take over the grounds of the historic WVU Jackson’s Mill facility Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Crafters, musicians and entertainers of all sorts will be scattered throughout the grounds. The theme for this year’s event is “Coming Home.”

Admission is $5, and children under the age of 3 will be admitted free.

New to the Jubilee this year is festival royalty. Samantha Weaver, 13, of Morgantown, will serve as the first-ever queen, and her 9-year-old brother Cameron will rule as the king. The two will be introduced at a special ceremony at 5:15 p.m. Friday and then given a tour of the Jubilee grounds.

Many of the traditional food favorites will return to the Jubilee, featuring everything from beans and cornbread to barbecue to corn roasts to ice cream.

Entertainers of the musical variety will be scattered across the facility, and many often just find a shady spot and start an impromptu jam session.

Crafters featuring baskets, jewelry and other artisan skills will be set up at the Jubilee and offering their wares to the public.

Kids Land will also make its return to the Jubilee. There, kids can play in a bounce house, do chalk drawing and play versions of soccer and football.

Also this weekend, the 29th annual Jane Lew Firemen’s Arts and Crafts Festival will be happening across from the fire station and along U.S. 19. More than 250 vendors are expected to set up shop for the weekend.

Primitives, glassware, artwork, jewelry and other crafts will be available for purchase at the various stands at the festival, which will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The hours will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Robert Wilt will be demonstrating his chainsaw carving skills during the Labor Day weekend festival.

The Jane Lew Volunteer Fire Department will also be hosting a steak dinner Sunday as a fundraiser for its operations and activities. The cost is $10. Other lighter fare will also be offered.