West Virginia Trout Fest scheduled May 3-5

FRANKLIN — In order to feature fishing, Spring Fest pulled on “big boy” waders to be rebranded as the West Virginia Trout Fest to be held May 3-5 throughout the town.

This trout rodeo usually lures 300-500 fishermen who will bob bait this year for more than $2,400 in prizes for catching tagged fish (one a $1,000 fish) along two miles of the South Branch of the Potomac River.

Showcasing family fun as well as fishing, the three day festival also offers a boxcar derby, wine and hard cider tasting, a 5k and kids run, a fish dinner featuring outdoors guru Chris Lawrence, a kid’s care conservation area, a car and antique tractor show, a book sale, a flea market, food, live music and more.

The fishing rodeo is sanctioned and run by the rules of the Division of Natural Resources with golden trout, brown and rainbow trout provided by Sugar Grove Trophy Trout Farm and the Highland County based Virginia Trout Company.

Stream marshals will be present to clip tags from catch-and-release trout and register tag numbers along with the name of the angler to authenticate prize awards.

The Box Car Derby is for 6 to 13 year-old drivers in three age divisions who want to compete in pre-built box cars down a hill near the elementary school.

Kids should bring a bike helmet for safety, and wear long pants, a long sleeve shirt and closed-toe shoes. Prizes and trophies are awarded with a $50 grand prize.

Schedule of events

May 3

4 – 8 p.m.: West Virginia Trout Fest Headquarters in TMF Building.

3:30 – 6:30 p.m.: Fish Dinner, Community Building with Chris Lawrence speaking at 5:30 p.m.

4 – 8 p.m.: Trout Rodeo and Box Car Derby Registration, 5k packet pick-up, 50/50 at TMF Building.

4 – 6 p.m.: Book Sale, Pendleton County Library Lower Level.

4 – 8 p.m.: Vendors and Flea Market Open, TMF Craft Building.

6:30 p.m.: Baby and Little Miss West Virginia Trout Fest Pageant, TMF Craft Building.

7 – 8 p.m.: Sunset Yoga with Mountain View Yoga, Town Park.

8 p.m.: Karaoke Contest, Franklin Moose Lodge.

May 4

6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.: West Virginia Trout Fest Headquarters Open, TMF Craft Building.

6:30 a.m. – noon: Trout Rodeo and Box Car Derby Registration, 5k Packet Pick-up, 50/50, TMF Craft Building.

6 – 9 a.m.: Chris Lawrence, West Virginia Metro News Outdoors Guru, Radio Show.

7 – 10 a.m.: Pancake, Sausage and Gravy Breakfast, Faith Lutheran Church.

8 a.m. – Noon: Trout Rodeo.

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Vendors and Flea Market, TMF Craft Building.

10 – 11:30 a.m.: Box Car Practice Runs, Franklin Elementary Hill.

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Pendleton County Library Book Sale.

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Hard Cider and Wine Tasting, Rec Center Parking Lot.

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Car/Antique Tractor Show, Franklin Fire Department.

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Boggs House Museum Tours, 49 Oak Street.

11:30 a.m.: Raymond’s Gymnastics, Main Stage.

Noon: Box Car Derby, Franklin Elementary School Hill.

1 – 2 p.m.: Vapor 4:14, Main Stage.

2 p.m.: Fishing Awards and 4-H Raffle Drawing, Main Stage.

2:30 -3:30 p.m.: The Dulcimer Dames, Main Stage.

2:30 – 5:30 p.m.: Kids’Care Conservation Area Games, Activities, Face Painting, TMF Craft Building.

4 – 4:45 p.m.: Little Switzerland Cloggers, Main Stage.

5 – 6 p.m.: Acoustic Music with Mike Eye, Main Stage.

5 – 6:30 p.m.: Poker Bowling, Potomac Highland Rec Center.

6:30 p.m.: Strong Water, Main Stage.

9 p.m.: Danczet, Franklin Moose Lodge.

May 5

8 a.m.: West Virginia Trout Fest 5K and Kids Run, Thorn Spring Park.

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.: West Virginia Trout Fest Headquarters, TMF Craft Building.

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Vendors and Flea Market, TMF Craft Building.

11 a.m.: Church in the Park, Main Stage.

Noon: Gospel Music, Main Stage.

Noon – 4 p.m.: Pendleton County Library Book Sale.

1 p.m.: Lisa’s Dance Studio Performance, Main Stage.