Music, food and fun awaits at the 3rd Annual Adventure Fest


TAYLOR COUNTY—Summer is winding down, but the Taylor County Adventure Club is planning an adventure packed weekend, as the Third-Annual Adventure Fest takes over the area during Labor Day weekend.

Throughout the weekend, attendees will be able to enjoy live bands, BBQ cook offs, kayak races, fishing, games and much more.

The event will kick-off on Friday, August 30, at 4:00 p.m., on Main Street, with kid games, vendors and more.

Event Coordinator Rhonda Thrush shared that this will be a great family event, and there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

This year, organizers will have eight carnival type games for the kids to enjoy. Some of the games include a duck pond, ring toss, balloon darts and more.

“They will have a chance to win prizes,” she revealed. “We will also have two bounce houses and a dunk tank.”

She announced that they also have spots available for vendors. The cost is $40 per spot or $45 for a spot with electric.

To get your group or organization in on the fun, send an email to at [email protected] to receive an application.

In addition, to fun and games, this year’s event is packed full of musical entertainment from rock to country artists.

On Friday, at 5:00 p.m., November Blue, a folk-rock band based out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania will take to the main stage.

Then at 7:00 p.m., get ready for the Steve Smith Band to take the stage and listen to their mix of country and bluegrass.

In the past, Smith has opened for Darryl Worley, Lee Brice, David Nail, David Allen Coe and the Oak Ridge Boys, just to name a few.

Friday’s night activities will end at 10:00 p.m., but the fun will continue on Saturday, with events downtown and at Tygart Lake State Park.

The fun continues early on Saturday, at 7:00 a.m., with a Bass Fishing Tournament at Tygart Lake Marina, then at 9:00 a.m., put your skills to the test in the Triathlon and 5K also at the lake.     

At 9:00 a.m. the Adult’s Kayak Race will take place at Tygart Lake Marina.

After spending the morning at the lake, be sure to head downtown for the Sizzlin’ Summer Car, Jeep, Truck and Motorcycle Show at 10:00 a.m.

During the car show, there will be a winner in each category and a fans’ choice and kids’ choice. If you want to get you hot rod in the show, there is still time, contact Mike Roy at 304-365-8279 for more information.

Speaking of hot, get ready for the Second-Annual North Central WV BBQ Championship. Event Coordinator Bryan Smith shared that it’s $25 to enter to enter the contest and showcase your skills.

“We will have a chicken, pork ribs, hamburger, hotdogs and beef brisket division. Each category will have a winner,” he stated. “The grand champion will be whoever scores the most points from the judges.”

Competitors must be set up by 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, and the turn in times are as follows. 1:00 p.m. hotdogs, 2:00 p.m. hamburgers, 3:00 p.m. chicken, 4:00 p.m. ribs and 5:00 p.m. brisket.

Some of the rules include that meat cannot be pre-marinated, precooked, preseason or cooked at home. All food must be cooked on sight. Competitors are allowed to sell their food to the public, if they get a permit from the health department.

In addition, Smith said that competitors are responsible for getting rid of their hot coals or wood.

Champions will be announced at 6:00 p.m. on the main stage. To register, call Smith at 304-709-0164.

Then, at noon, the festival will open downtown with bounce houses, kids’ games and vendors.

At 5:00 p.m., local favorite Jake Ujhelyi and Triple Threat will take the stage. Get ready to hear Dalton Matheny on guitar, Jason Seccuro on drums and Rick Martin on bass, with Ujhelyi on guitar and vocals, as they take the stage at 5:00 p.m.

Be sure to stick around to hear Cody Parks and the Dirty South at 6:30 p.m. Cody Parks and The Dirty South aren’t your typical Nashville country act. They can better be described as “Def Leppard on cornbread.”

They are inspired by the likes of Motley Crue and Ratt. Once on stage, they will be sharing their blend their country roots with their love for 80’s metal.

Then get ready to rock out some more as Kiss Kiss Bang returns for a second year to the festival. The band will be taking the stage at 8:00 p.m.

The band shared that they are excited that they will be playing Adventure Fest for a second year in a row.

Event Coordinator Michael Thrush shared that he is super excited to bring in such great talent to this year’s festival.

“I would like to see a great crowd. Come out support these talented up and coming musicians,” he commented.

The fun will wrap on Sunday at the Tygart Lake Marina at 7:00 a.m., with a Kayak Fishing Tournament.

For more information about Adventure Fest, be sure to like and follow the Adventure Club on Facebook, and keep an eye on upcoming editions of the Mountain Statesman for more information about the weekend-long festival.

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