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Back Home Festival Announces Schedule

By Staff | Feb 22, 2017

Visit Wetzel County is proud to announce the inaugural Back Home Appalachian Arts & Music Festival, to be held June 30 and July1-2 in New Martinsville.

The Back Home Appalachian Arts & Music Festival will feature musicians and artisans from around the great state of West Virginia, while also serving as a Wetzel County homecoming for all graduates of Wetzel County high schools.

The festivities will kick off on Friday, June 30, 6 p.m. Musical acts scheduled to perform are The Rumpke Mountain Boys; The Davisson Brothers Band; Johnny Staats & The Delivery Boys; The Recipe; The Hillbilly Gypsies; The Wayfarers; th’ Bullfrog Willard McGhee; The Jakobs Ferry Stragglers; Herb & Hanson; The Rusty Haywhackers; Izzy Stetar, and more.

The Back Home Appalachian Arts & Music Festival is a FREE event. The main stage will be on Main Street in New Martinsville. The three day event will culminate with an incredible fireworks display on Sunday night.

Other activities planned for the weekend include workshops, outdoor activities, and games for children.

A parade is planned for Saturday and all Wetzel County alumni will be invited. Visit Wetzel County’s goal is to create an event that becomes a “must attend” event for residents of West Virginia and tourists alike.

Gary Eller and th’ Bullfrog Willard McGhee will both be providing songwriting workshops in the Lincoln Theatre on Saturday July 1.

“One of the reasons that we chose the genre of music that we did, was because it covers a wide variety of age groups that enjoy it,” explained Rob Parsons, Marketing Director for Wetzel County CVB.

Parsons also wanted to thank the county commission and the county sheriff’s department for their help and support, along the way. In fact, the Wetzel County Sheriff’s Office will be covering the event.

Camping will be available in conjunction with the New Martinsville Parks & Recreation Department at the city’s marina.

The area will be on a first come first serve basis, so make sure you are there in time to claim your space. There will also be camping available at the 4-H grounds over the weekend.

There will be at least two stages setup, with hopes of a third, and the Lincoln Theatre will hold late night shows after the main festivities close down on Main Street, and there will be an all star jam on Saturday night. The theatre is estimated to hold around 400 people.

If you are interested in being a vendor for the event please contact Visit Wetzel County at (304) 398-4910. Food and beverage vendors will be charged $100 for booth space.