The five-day camping experience in the heart of West Virginia also includes music contests, dancing, arts and crafts and games for the whole family.

The West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History’s 29th annual music festival will be held at Camp Washington-Carver in Clifftop, Fayette County. The popular annual festival draws thousands of string band musicians and fans from across the country and around the world for its concerts, dancing, workshops and contests in which musicians and dancers can win prizes up to $700.

More than 25 arts, craft and music vendors will be on site along with food vendors, and fresh produce for sale.

Grand masters Jim Costa of Talcott, W.Va.; James Leva of Lexington, Va.; and Earl White of Willis, Va. will be featured in showcase workshops/performances at the festival.

Contests include fiddle and banjo on Thursday, Aug. 2, neo-traditional band on Friday, Aug. 3 and traditional band and flatfoot dance on Saturday, Aug. 4. Senior (60 and over) and youth (15 and under) categories are available in the fiddle and banjo contests.  A youth award is available in the band contests for groups with all members 18 years old or younger.  The neo-traditional band contest…

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