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Friday, August 25, 2017

Opening Day

53rd Annual Arts & Crafts Fair

Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center

10:00am - 7:00pm

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Amazing handiworks from over 100 artists and craftsman.  Come prepared to shop and enjoy!  Featuring a Quilt Show & Quilter's Country Store, Live entertainment & good food.  Come hungry and feast upon a variety of festival fare!

Poets' Cafe

Cynthia Bickey Art Gallery, 600 Johnstown Rd, Beckley
Friday, August 25 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Poets Cafe'

As part of the Appalachian Festival, the Beckley Art Group will host a "Poets' Cafe' on Friday, August 26, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at the Cynthia Bickey Art Gallery.  The event is an informal gathering that brings together live music, storytelling, and spokenword poetry surrounded by local fine arts and fine crafts in a beautiful gallery setting.

Coal Mine Tours

Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine - New River Park

10:00am - 5:30pm

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The Exhibition Coal Mine is the largest and most popular coal heritage destination in the region and has recently completed an extensive renovation that includes a company store, visitor center, coal museum, fudgery and gift shop. The actual tour takes visitors below ground, under the supervision of an experienced veteran coal miner. Traveling 1500 feet beneath the hillsides of New River Park, visitors are carried along track, riding authentic "man cars" from the mine entrance, to old working areas of the coal mine and back. Stops throughout the tour explore the history of low-seam coal mining from the hand-loading days into the era of modern mechanization.
*Admission to the Mine is discounted during the Appalachain Festival by showing your ticket stub from the Appalachian Festival Arts & Crafts Fair

Friday in the Park
Word Park, Neville Street, Uptown Beckley
11:30am - 1:00pm

Free concert will feature music by Lost Cannon Bluegrass Band and Shane Ingram.  Lunch food vendors and farmers market vendors are nearby.

Ranger on the Rock
Grandview at New River Gorge National River
6:30am - 7:30pm


A Ranger led activity allows you to learn more about nature. Experience the superb view from the rim at the Main Overlook.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Marty Schaerer

Marty Schaerer crafts a wide variety of original jewelry including items such as necklaces, pendants, and rings.