Woodly the Elf

Mascot selected for 82nd Mountain State Forest Festival

The Inter-Mountain photo by Brooke Binns Officials with the Mountain State Forest Festival made a surprise visit to Jennings Randolph Elementary School to announce Adam Ayers as the 41st Woodly the Elf contest winner. From left are Rich Nida, MSFF director general; Ayers; Peggy Phillips, director of the MSFF Queen’s Department; and Joy Cutright and Lisa Shaffer, assistants to the Queen’s Department.

ELKINS — Students at Jennings Randolph Elementary School celebrated with cheers and applause when one of their classmates was named as the Woodly the Elf mascot for the 82nd Mountain State Forest Festival.

Adam Ayers, a 10-year-old fourth-grade student at JRES, was selected to serve Maid Silvia LXXXII as the 41st Woodly the Elf mascot.

The theme of this year’s festival will be “The Majestic Roads Lead to Royalty,” which Ayers incorporated into his poster.

Ayers said his favorite part of the Forest Festival is getting to enjoy the carnival rides. With that in mind, when crafting his poster — made from tissue paper, felt, construction paper, jewels and other materials — he included an evening scene from the fireman’s parade which showed the carnival in the background because that is his favorite time to ride.

MSFF Director General Rich Nida said the winning poster creatively incorporated this year’s theme.

“I would like to thank all the boys and girls in Randolph County who participated this year,” he said. “They were all good, but Adam’s poster really showed the thought and creativity in the theme.”

Ayers also included scenes from the pet show, lumberjack contest and jesters tumbling down the hill on coronation day to greet Queen Silvia in his work of art.

Ayers is the son of Kyle and Betsy Ayers and Heather Ayers and Doug Ramsey. Alexis Ayers, Adam’s older sister, served as the Woodly the Elf mascot for the 77th MSFF.

The Woodly the Elf contest is open to all second-grade through fourth-grade students in Randolph County, including private and home schooled students.

In addition to serving in the court of Queen Silvia LXXXII, the official MSFF mascot will make appearances at the Buckwheat Festival and Strawberry Festival.

Citizens Bank of West Virginia is the sponsor of the official mascot of the Mountain State Forest Festival.

“The festival would also like to thank Citizens Bank of West Virginia and Kathy Leombruno for having this contest and providing sponsorship every year,” Nida said.