A-B College Homecoming
American Mountain Theater
Barbour Bowling Lanes
Barbour County Emergency Squad
Barbour County Fair
Barbour County Winter Fair
Belington Homecoming
Blue & Gray Reunion 2014
Buckskin Farms
Bulls Eye Sports
Cass Scenic Railroad State Park
Christmas Parades
  D & W Catfish Lake and Bait Shop
Hidden Valley Stables
Horse Shows
Independence Day Celebration
Irish Road Bowling
29th Annual Mount Liberty Fall Festival
Philippi Main Street Chili Cookoff
Reenactment of the Battle of Laurel Hill
Relay for Life
The Tacy Fair
Union Community Spring Carnival
USA Raft
Whitewater Rafting/Kayaking


Held the second weekend in October each year. Features concerts, craft show, athletic events, parade, and dinners. For more information visit or call (304) 457-6202.


A-B College Homecoming A-B College Homecoming
A-B College Homecoming A-B College Homecoming

A homecoming concert
AB College Homecoming
Courtesy Sam Santilli Photography

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The new (2007) 527-seat American Mountain Theater is located on 1.2 acres of land in the historic rail-yards of downtown Elkins, West Virginia. It is the state's only live Branson-style family, music, comedy, and variety show, and is a popular destination for coach tours from in and out-of-state. Situated adjacent to the New Tygart Flyer scenic excursion trains and a new Holiday Inn Express Hotel. Spectacular Christmas show each December. For more information, write: 49 Martin Street (Post Office Box 1061), Elkins, West Virginia 26241 or call (304) 630-3040 or (800) 943-3670. Fax (304) 636-7798.

American Mountain Theater
Show Collage

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FRIDAY, OCT. 26, 2012 5PM-10PM
SATURDAY, OCT. 27, 2012 10AM-10PM
CALL 304-457-2037

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Buckhannon resident Chas Iliff bowled a perfect 300 game during
league play at Barbour Lanes. This was his sixth career 300 game.
He is a 30-year bowler, having started at the age of four.

US 250 South Philippi (304) 457-5333

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EMS Festival EMS Festival

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Held one weekend in late winter in February or March, and includes hay, silage and grain exhibits, craft demonstrations, food, workshops, and entertainment. Held at the Barbour County Fairgrounds located on U. S. 250 between Belington and Philippi. For more information, call (304) 457-3254.

Winter Union

Winter Union


  Friday, March 12

  • Basket making

  • Stool & chair bottom weaving

  • Free craft classes and grab bags for children

  • Crafters offering a variety of hand-made items

  • Demonstrations and displays

  • Bake sale

  • Entertainment

  • Kitchen open: Homemade Vegetable Soup, Corn Bread, Beans,
    Ham Sandwiches, Lamb Sandwiches & Hot Dogs

  Saturday, March 13

  • Kitchen same as Friday

  • Pruning trees & grapevines

  • Pressure cookers and gauges

  • Face painting for children

  • Free wood project ages 8-13

  • Auction

  • 50/50 drawing

  • Entertainment

Sponsored by the Barbour County Cooperative Educational Outreach Service, consisting of 8 clubs with 134 members.

The Barbour County Winter Fair offers old friends a chance to get together indoors at the county fairgrounds.

Weaving is a popular winter activity for men and women alike.

 Basket making, always a favorite class  during the Winter Fair.

Learning how to cane a chair isn't as easy as it looks.

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Saturday, July 21, 2008
Belington Homecoming Day
Main Street in Belington

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

• Car Show: Freedom Lot, Registration at 10:00 am. Judging at 2:30.

• Basketball Tournament at City Park: Middle and High Schoolers invited to participate. Register at Park.

11:00 AM - 9:00 PM

• Food Stand Open: BBQ Chicken, Hamburgers, Hot dogs, baked goods and other foods and drinks.

• Games Open: Water Slide, Dime Pitch, bouncing gym, climbing Wall, Ring Toss, Face Painting and more.

Noon - 9:00 PM

• Hay Rides: to Laurel Mountain to see the Soldier's Camps for the Battle of Laurel Hill.

3:00 PM

• Parade and Train Robbery: Lineup begins at 2:30 behind Price's Pizza.

4:30 - 9:00 PM

• Entertainment: A Magic Show by KevinLyons and local musicians including the Circuit Riders, Jennifer Moral and more performing. Weese's Music Lot.

6:00 PM

• Cake Walk: Belington Emergency Squad.

9:00 - 11:00 PM

• D.J. Chuck Alth and an Old Fashioned Bonfire: Beside the Railroad tracks.

** Events sponsored by the Belington Fire Department, Revitalization Committee, CVB, Board of Parks and Recreation, and Southern Barbour Vision Youth Council. Questions about the event??? Call 823-1792

A visit from Governor and Mrs. Pierpont.

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Everyone is encouraged to attend and experience a piece of America's history. You can relive the year 1861, when the first land battle of the Civil War was fought. Re-enactors will highlight important moments in our history. Also, Civil War campsites will be erected for the public to enjoy. Imagine yourself at the campsite of a Civil War soldier.

Other activities will include a Southern Belle Contest, a parade, crafts, a Civil War Ball, and food everywhere. Area artists will have their paintings on display and the Community Education Outreach Service will host a Quilt Show. Twenty five dollars will be given to the Best of Show. Don't forget, there is a Blue & Gray Park, featuring the five flags that flew over Philippi, Virginia, during the first land battle of the Civil War. Travel back in time and dress for the occasion. The "Southern Boys" are sure to make you feel like it's 1861.

For for general information about the Blue and Gray Reunion, contact: P.O. Box 911, Philippi, WV 26416. (304) 457-4265, (304) 457-2368, (304) 457-5183. Sutlers and those interested in the Kids Battle may call R. Schoonover evenings at 457-5183. For Crafts, contact L. Wilfong at 457-2368. Food Concessions telephone T. Wilfong at 457-2368, and Reenactors E. Brown at 457-4265. School teachers interested in attending Kids Day contact T. Riffle 472-6677

The 2007 Blue & Gray Reunion was dedicated to the memory of Gavin Charles Longo Fogg, a fallen Yankee comrade, who passed away in October 2006 after fighting a long battle with illness. He was 18 years old. Gavin loved the reunion and attended every year from the time he was five. He made his first uniform by taping penny "buttons" down the front of a dark blue pajama top. He could be found in the soldiers' camps, making friends and soaking up the excitement that transformed this quiet little town into someplace special: full of color, pageantry and action. During the past few years, Gavin was often hospitalized. He suffered from Epidermolysis Bullosa whose many wounds led to a series of life-threatening complications. Gavin is shown at age eight. The medal is the bronze star, awarded to Gavin's uncle and godfather, Army Col. Richard Longo, for bravery in Iraq. which he presented to Gavin posthumously at Gavin's funeral for bravery in life.









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Two miles South of Philippi on the Union Road; Trail rides, instruction, stabling. farrier.

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Just off US 250, between Belington and Philippi on Valley Bend Road; Archery range. sporting goods, and snack bar. (304)823-3374

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Camp sites available at Audra State Park, Middle Fork Campground, Pleasant Creek on the backwaters of Tygart Lake, Teter Creek lake, and Twin Lakes Campground.

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The Cass Scenic Railroad was built to haul lumber in 1901. Today, a Shay locomotive takes visitors up the mountain for a picnic at the recreated logging camp of Whittaker Station or continues to the top of 4,700-foot Bald Knob. Now, Cass Scenic Railroad State Park takes in the logging town of Cass with its 20 restored turn-of-the-century cottages, railroad & logging museums, playground, and company store. Major resorts are close by. Overnight in historic modern vacation cottages, or in a wilderness cabin or private caboose. Dinner and Special Trains available in addition to a daily, year-round schedule.

Post Office Box 107
Cass, West Virginia 24927
(304) 456-4300


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The downtown merchants in Belington and Philippi each sponsor a Christmas parade each year during the first part of December. Entries include bands, floats, twirlette groups, community organizations, fire departments and much more. Call (304) 457-3700 for Philippi and (304) 823-1611 for Belington.

Philippi Christmas parade - courtesy The Barbour Democrat Belington gets ready. Photo courtesy
The Barbour Democrat
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The Jerusalem United Methodist Church
Photo courtesy of Lars Byrne

Philippi Church of Christ
Sunday Bible class, 10 a.m.;
worship, 10:45 a.m.
 First Sunday, Lynn Reed,
 Second, Larry Lallance,
 Third, Jim Wise,
 Fourth, Tim Hart,
 and Fifth, Philip Freeman.
Sun. and Wed. Bible study, 7 p.m. Phone 457-3743.

Philippi Baptist Church
Don Walls, interim pastor, Sun. school, 9:15 a.m., worship service, 10:30.

Philippi UM Church
The Rev. Alicia R. Rapking, pastor.
Worship, 10 a.m.;
church school, 11 a.m.,
Wednesday, adult choir,
6 p.m. Phone 457-2025.

Cross Roads UM Church
The Rev. William P. Smith, Sr., pastor.
Sunday school, 10 a.m.;
morning worship, 11.
Wed., adult choir, 7 p.m.
Phone 457-5183.

St. Elizabeth's
Catholic Church
Father Andy Kranyc, pastor. Mass, 8 each day.
Sun., 10:45 a.m.

People's Chapel Church
Pastor Ruston Seaman, Sunday school, 10 a.m., worship, 11 a.m.,
worship, 7 p.m., Bible study, Wed. 7 p.m., youth group, Sun., 6 p.m.
Phone 457-1577.

Little Bethel Baptist Church
(4-H Road)
Sunday school, 10 a.m., every Sun.

Pt. Pleasant Baptist Church
Sunday school, 10 a.m. Bible study every
Wed., 7 p.m.

Barbour Church of Christ
P. J. Oates, minister.
Bible study, 9:30 a.m., worship, 10:15 a.m.,
and 6 p.m. Wed. evening Bible class, 7.
Phone 823-2309.

Philippian Chapel
Rt. 57, 1¼ miles from Rt. 119 The Rev. Lewis H. Beck, pastor.
Sunday school, 10 a.m. Morning Worship, 11 a.m. Evening service on Friday and Sunday, 7.
Women's Ministry
Service on First Mon. of each month, 7 p.m.

Haven of Rest Full Gospel Church of Galloway
The Rev. Joan Wilfong, pastor. Sun. morning service, 10;
Sun. evening, 7; Thur. night young people, 7.

Chestnut Ridge St. Peters AME Church
The Rev. John Stephen, pastor.
Sunday school, 2 p.m., evening service at 3.

Pentecostal Church of Ford Run
Sunday school, 10 a.m. Bible study, Wed., 7:30 p.m. Evangelistic service,
Sat. and Sun., 7:30 p.m.

Mt. Vernon Baptist Church
Pastor George Murphy. Sunday school,
10 - 10:45 a.m.,
Sunday worship service,
11 a.m. -12 noon.
Wed., Bible Study & Prayer Meeting, 6:30 -7:30 p.m.

Ford Run Community Church
Sunday school, 10 a.m., every Sun. Worship service, 7:30 every Sat.
Preaching second and fourth Sun. at 7 p.m.

Evangelical Bible Church of Kasson
The rev. Eugene Carey, pastor.
Sunday school, 10 a.m., worship, 11.
Evangelistic service, 7 p.m.

New Testament Baptist Church
The Rev. James Miller, pastor.
Sunday school, 10 a.m., morning service, 11, evening service, 7,
Wed. prayer service, 7 p.m. Fundamental Independent. Phone 457-1590.

Crim Memorial UM Church
The Rev. Alicia Rapking, pastor.
Sunday school, 9:45 a.m., worship service, 11 a.m.

Philippi Presbyterian Church
Sunday school, 10 a.m., morning worship, 11. Nursery provided.

Philippi Mennonite Church
Sunday school, 9:30 a.m., morning worship, 10:30 a.m. Phone 457-2602.

Silent Grove Church of Philippi
Sunday school, 9:45 a.m., worship service at 10:45. Sun. evening services at 7 except last Sun. of the month. Wed. prayer meeting, 6:30. Pastor Bryan Headley. Phone 457-4460.

Overfield Community Church
Michael Rexroad, pastor. Sunday school, 10 a.m.; morning worship, 11.

Christian Fellowship Chapel
Sunday school, 10 a.m.; morning service, 11 a.m., Sun. night service, 7;
Bible study, 7, Thu. night.

Flemington Church
of God

Willard Bevlin, pastor. Sun. morning service, 10; Sun. night service, 7:30;
Thu. youth Bible study,
7:30 p.m.

Philippi Branch of Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter Day Saints (Mormon)
(1/2 mile west past Tacy intersection on Rt. 38) Sacrament meeting,
9:30 a.m. Phone 457-5710.

Turkey Run Community Church, Century No. 1
Sun. worship service,
10 a.m.;
Wed. worship service,
7 p.m.
Friday worship service,
7 p.m.
The Rev. Mildred Endrizzi, pastor. Phone 457-3442.

Mt. Olive Baptist Church
Sunday school, 10 a.m., worship, 11 a.m.,
Dr. Richard Kiley, minister.

Olive Hill Apostolic Church
The Rev. Gordon McGee, pastor. Services, Wed., Sat. and Sun., 7:30 nightly.

Volga UM Circuit
Randy Simms, pastor. Boulder, Rangoon -Worship, Sun., 10 a.m.,
Sunday school at 11 a.m. Queen's Chapel, Volga - Worship, first and third
Sun., 9 a.m.;
Sunday school, 10 a.m. Bethel, Audra Park -Worship, Sun. at 11 a.m.; Sunday school, 10 a.m.

Union Church of Christ
Bible classes,
10 a.m.; worship, 10:45 a.m. and 7p.m., Wed. evening service, 7. R. D. Ice, minister. Phone 457-5604.

Philippi cont.

Tygart River Charge
Pastor Joyce Hawkins,
Marian Chapel,
worship, 10 a.m.,
Sunday school, 11 a.m., preaching every first and third Sun.;
worship, 11 a.m.,
Sunday school, 10 a.m., preaching every first and third Sun.;
Pleasant Creek Church,
worship, 10 a.m.,
Sunday school, 9 a.m., preaching every second and fourth Sun.;
Mary's Chapel,
worship, 11 a.m.,
Sunday school, 10 a.m., preaching every second and fourth Sun.. Bible study and praise and worship services rotate among all the churches on Wed. evening at 7 o'clock.

Souls Harbour
Church, Rt. 92
Sat. evening service, 7:30; Sunday school, 10 a.m. Pastor Bill Lanham.

Our Lady of Solitude Hermitage Catholic Church-Maronite Rite
334 S. Main Street, Philippi Mass at 12 noon each day. Holy Hour before Blessed Sacrament exposed each day at 8 p.m. Religious class, Wed., 6:30 p.m. Confession upon request. Fr. Bernard Grunewald.

Haven of Hope Church
Sun., 10:30 a.m. celebration service and Disciples of Christ. Mon., 7 p.m., LSYM youth ministry. Pastors Howard and Benita Swick, 823-3428.

Webster Baptist Church, U.S. 119
Sunday school, 10 a.m., worship service every Sun., 11 a.m. Lois Mitchell, pastor.

Midway Apostolic Church
Anglin Run Road, Old Rt. 250 Sunday school, 10 a.m.; Evangelistic Sunday, 7 p.m.; Bible study, Wed., 7 p.m., George C. Cross, pastor. Phone 457-5643.

Christian Community Fellowship – Brownton
Randall Montgomery, pastor. Sunday school, 10 a.m., with worship, 11. Evening
pre-service prayers, 6:30, evening worship, 7.
Wed. night service, 7.

Philippi Southern
Baptist Church

from Covered Bridge 1.9/10 miles US Rt. 250 and 119N Sunday school, 9:45 a.m., morning worship, 11; evening worship, 7; Wed. prayer/bible study, 7 p.m. Every fifth
Sun. evening - song fest, 7. For more information call 457-2844.

Faith Tabernacle
Church - Grafton

W. F. Boylen, pastor. Services: Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.; morning worship, 11; Sun. night, 7:30;
Tue. night bible study and Children's Bible Club, 7:30. Fri. night, 7:30. Bus ministry call 265-1198.

Pentecostal Church of God - Brownton
The Rev. Ross J. Higginbotham, pastor. Sunday school, 10 a.m., worship, 11 a.m. Wed., prayer service, 7 p.m. Fri., youth service, 7 p.m.

Philippi Church of the Nazarene
Pastor Mark A. Simpson. Sunday school, 9:45 a.m. worship, 11 a.m., evening service, 6.
Wed. prayer service, 7 p.m. Phone 457-3942.

Joseph Chapel Church
Randy Swiger, pastor. Sunday school, 10 a.m.;
Sun. evening, 7;
Wed. evening, 7;
Thu. Men's Prayer Hour,
10 a.m.

Trinity Full Gospel
117 S. Main St., Philippi The Rev. Paul and Beverly Pyles, pastors. Sun. and Thu.,
7 p.m. Phone 265-5221.

Teens for Christ Pentecostal Church
of God
Sunday school, 10 a.m.;
Sun. night service, 7;
Tue. night prayer meeting, 7:30. Fri. youth service, 7:30. Richard Webster, pastor.

Pleasant Valley Full
Gospel Church
Pastor Timothy E. Slaughter, Sunday school,
10 a.m.; prayer, 5:30 p.m., worship, 6 p.m., Tue., 7 p.m. Bible study.

Jerusalem UM Church
Rev. Alicia Rapking, minister. Worship, 9 a.m., church. Bible study, 10 a.m.
Shiloh Church of the Brethren
Gary Clem, pastor. Sunday school, 10 a.m.; worship,
11 a.m.; Bible study, Wed.,
7 p.m.

Word of Life Church
of God
105 N. High Street Pastor Joe Palmer. Sunday school, 10 a.m., and worship service, 11 o'clock. Thu.
Services, 7 p.m.

Fountain of Love Ministries in Galloway
Services, Sun., 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., Wed., 7 p.m. The Rev. Selvy Mayle, Jr., pastor.

The Light House
Alexander Road, French Creek. Pastor David (Cowboy) Brown.
Phone 457-4610. Sunday school, 10 a.m., church Service, Sun. night, 7; Tue. night, 7 p.m.

United Methodist Church
Mansfield Charge
Linda Payton, pastor. Elk City -Rt. 57 -Worship, first and third Sun. at 10 a.m.; Sunday school every Sun., first and third Sun. at 11 a.m., second and fourth Sun.,
10 a.m.
Green Hill Rt. 57
Worship, second and fourth Sun. at 10 a.m.; Sunday school every Sun., first and third Sun. at 10 a.m., second and fourth Sun. at 11 a.m.
Mansfield 122 Cole Street
Worship every Sun. at 11 a.m.; Sunday school every Sun. at 9:45 a.m.; Bible study, Wed. at 7 p.m.
Mt. Vernon - Rt. 119 S
Worship every Sun. at 9 a.m.; Sunday school every
Sun. at 10 a.m.;
Bible study, Mon. at 10 a.m.

Light of Life Ministries
Former Flemington High School Tim and Rose Bolyard, pastors. Sun.,
10 a.m., worship and the word, Sun., 6 p.m. Soaking in Prayer, praise and worship. Wed., 7 p.m., Principles for Success Bible Study.

Living Water Church, a part of The Christian and Missionary Alliance
Old Broaddus Hospital Sunday school, 10 a.m., worship, 11 a.m.,
prayer, 6:30 p.m.
Pastor Doug Hogan.
Phone 304-677-0166.

New Beginnings Church
Located on Rt. 92 in Moatsville Next to Lewis Dairy Farm Sun. morning, 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon.
Youth Sunday school, 6 p.m.

Nestorville UM Charge
Pastor Dot Smith Stewart. First Sun. - Sun.


Light of Christ Chapel
Jim Tallman, pastor.
Sunday school, 9:30 a.m., praise and worship,
10:30 a.m., evening praise and worship, 6.
Wed. evening, Bible Study and prayer meeting, 7. Second Thu., choir, 7 p.m. Third Thu., administrative board meeting, 7 p.m. Third Sat., men's prayer breakfast, (Dianne's Restaurant), 6:30 a.m. Fourth Thu., ladies'
meeting, 7 p.m.

First Baptist Church
Herbert E. Bledsoe, pastor. Sunday school, 10 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m.
Bible study, Wed., 7 p.m.

Presbyterian Church
Worship at 9:30 a.m., Sunday school, 11 a.m. Nursery Facilities.

Westside UM Church
Worship, 9:30 a.m.;
Sunday school, 10:30 a.m.; choir practice, Mon., 6 p.m. Pastor Robert Baer, Jr.

The Rev. Doyle N. Rider, minister.
Sunday school, 9:45 a.m., followed by worship at 11.

Valley Bend Baptist on Old Rt. 250
Joseph Bowen, pastor. Sunday school, 10 a.m. Worship service
Sun. 11 a.m., except
fifth Sun.
Sun. evening Bible Study, 7 o'clock.

Church of Christ
Michael Phillips, minister. Sun. Bible study, 10 a.m., worship service, 10:50 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.;
Wed. evening Bible study, 7.

Calvary Mission
Worship, 10 a.m.; followed by Sunday school at 11. Evening service, Sun., 7.

Faithway Baptist Church
The Rev. Downing Gregory, pastor.
Sunday school, 10 a.m., worship, 11. Sun. evening service, 7. Midweek service, 7 p.m., Wed..

Church of the Nazarene
Pastor Richard Chambers. Sunday school, 9:30 a.m., worship, 10:45.
Evening service, 6. Prayer service, 7 p.m. Bible study and Teens NYI, 7 p.m. Wed.s, J.O.Y. Java Caf, first and third Sat. at 7 p.m.

New Covenant Church
U.S. Rt. 250 S. of Junior Cliff Cook, pastor. Sun. morning worship and Children's "Superchurch," 10 a.m. Wed., Midweek Bible Study and Youth Service, 7 p.m.

Hunters Fork
Gospel Lighthouse Services, Fri., 7:30 p.m., Sun. night, 7:30.

Junior-Talbott Charge
The Rev. Gary Rapking, pastor.
Talbott UMC -
Worship, 9 a.m., second and fourth Sun., Sunday school, 10 a.m., every Sun.. Bethel UMC -
Worship, 9:45 a.m., Sunday school, 10:30 a.m.
Belington UM Circuit-
The Rev. Destry Daniels, pastor.
Grace Chapel -
Sunday school every Sun. at 10 a.m.; worship service every first and third Sun. at 9 a.m.
Concord -
Sunday school every Sun. at 11 a.m.; worship service every first and third Sun. at 10 a.m.
Corley -
Sunday school every Sun. at 10 a.m.; worship service every Sun. at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Bible study every Wed. (except first Wed. of month) at 7 p.m.
Stringtown -
Sunday school every Sun. at 10 a.m.; worship service every first and third Sun.
at 11 a.m.
Sugar Creek -Sunday school every Sun. at 11 a.m.; worship service every second and fourth Sun. at
10 a.m.

Asbury UM Church
Pastor Robert Baer, Jr. Sunday school, 9:45 a.m., church service, 11 a.m., choir, Wed., 7 p.m.

Valley River Church of the Brethren
Junior Pastor Foster Williams, Jr., phone 636-3670. Sunday school, 10 a.m., morning worship, 11 a.m., evening worship, 7. Wed., Family Night, 7.

Calvary Southern
Baptist Church
Jesse Mesa, pastor. Sunday school, 9:45 a.m., worship, 11 a.m., Sun. night service, 7. Wed. night Bible study and prayer meeting, 7.

Holy Trinity
Lutheran Church
First Street and Henry Avenue, Elkins Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.,
service, 11 a.m.

Cornerstone Church Industrial Park Road
David Shelton, pastor. Sunday school, 10 a.m.; preaching service, 11 a.m.; evening worship, 6. Phone 823-1454.
Wed., prayer service, 7.

Faith Deliverance Ministries Church
F. L. (Wink) McQuain, pastor. Sunday school, 10 a.m.; worship, 10:45 a.m. Sun. night worship, 7.


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There are a wide variety of clubs and organizations to which residents give their time and talent. There's something for everybody and for all ages:

All Seasons Garden Club
Barbour Country Club
American Legion Post 44
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 44
Arktean Club
Babe Ruth Baseball
Barbour Blues & Grays Civil War Reenactors
Barbour County Arts & Humanities Council
Barbour County Association of Retired School Employees
Barbour County 4-H Leaders Association
Barbour County Extension Homemakers
Barbour County Historical Society
Barbour County Youth Soccer
Belington Federated Woman's Club
Belington Kiwanis Club
Black Diamond Girl Scout Council
Boy Scouts of America Troop 63
Boy Scouts of America Troop 644
Clionian Literary Club
Cub Scouts Pack 63-Philippi
Cub Scouts Pack 67-Belington
Dorkas Rebekah Lodge # 275
Eastern Star
James Barbour Chapter DAR
Junior Lions Club
Kasson Ruritan Club
Laurel Mountain Post VFW
Little League Baseball
Masonic Lodge
Philippi Garden Club
Philippi IOOF Lodge # 59
Philippi Kiwanis Club
Philippi Lions Club
Pop Warner Football
The Sunshine Foundation

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Several scenic bike trails have been marked out in Barbour County, and cycling events scheduled such as the annual Barbour Detour on July 4th and the Mountain Road Classic, held the 3rd Sunday in September. The Barbour Detour is a 26 or 52 mile road race starting from the Barbour County Fairgrounds. The Mountain Road Classic is 53 miles long and starts at the Kasson School. Contact Thad Kelley, Sports-N-Spokes Bike Shop (304) 457-6090 or e-mail Scenic bike trails include the Junior/Belington River Ride of 8 miles; the South Barbour circuit of 40 miles beginning from the Barbour County Court House and returning via Belington and Audra Park; The Moatsville Climb of 13.3 miles along the Tygart River from Arden to Moatsville; and the Teter Creek Lake Loop of 9.8 miles.


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One mile South of US 250 on Route 92, Nestorville; Stocked half-acre lake. Rods available. Bait and picnic supplies available. Handicapped accessible. Picnic area. (304)265-5186

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Barbour County is one of the best-kept fishing secrets in the state of West Virginia. Below are several of the numerous quality opportunities.

Teter Lake
35 acre impoundment located 7 miles North of Belington on Rt. 92 and 4 miles in Midway Kirt Road. The lake is stocked with trout bi-weekly in the spring, and there is a fall stocking. The lake also has large-mouth bass and bluegill. Fish from
the bank, canoe, and small boat with electric motor

Belington Reservoir
Located several miles East of Belington on Beverly Pike (turn one block South of the light). The reservoir has large-mouth bass, bluegill and catfish.

Tygart River
Runs through the towns of Junior, Belington and Philippi. The Tygart is a good small-mouth bass river that has been a well kept secret. There are also catfish, bluegill and some muskellunge in the river. The Belington area of the river can be fished by canoe. There are two boat ramps at Philippi accessed from the Veterans Park beside the Covered Bridge. There is a third boat ramp 3 miles down river from Philippi on the Arden Grade. Boats with small outboard or electric motors and canoes are recommended.

Tygart Lake
1,740 acre Army Corps impoundment. The lake is accessible year round at the Pleasant Creek ramp located 7 miles north of Philippi on Rt. 219 at the Pleasant Creek Wildlife Management Area. The lake is best known for small-mouth bass. Also in the lake are large-mouth bass, walleye, channel and flathead catfish, crappie, bluegill, white bass and yellow perch. The lake has exceptional water quality, and all species of fish are sustained by natural reproduction.

Middle Fork and Buckhannon Rivers
These lively beautiful rivers provide exciting small-mouth bass opportunities.

Fishing for stocked trout in the spillwaters of the Tygart River dam

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One-half mile from Audra State Park on the Kesling Mill Road. Miles of scenic trails. Horses boarded short- and long-term. American Paint horses for sale. Open seven days a week. (304)472-1414

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Enjoy the Philippi walking trail beginning behind the museum at the Philippi Covered Bridge. Walk any of our beautiful country roads. Try one of the bike trails.

Blue and Gray 5K
5 K foot race through the historic Philippi Covered Bridge. Held annually during the Blue and Gray Reunion. Contact: Cindy Kelley (304) 457-4413 -

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Various horse shows are held at the Barbour County Fairgrounds during the spring, summer and fall. For more information please visit or call (304) 457-2368.

West Virginia Quarter-horse Association
Year 2009 Qualifiers
Barbour County Fairgrounds

April 11-12

May 29-31

August 1-2

August 7-9

September 11-13

September 26-27

Contact Terry Wilfong, Chairman (304) 457-2368 Evenings


Warming up in the outdoor arena with the cattle exhibit barn in the background

Competing in the new covered arena adjacent to several horse barns at the county fairgrounds

Waiting her turn

Exiting our outdoor show ring

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Hunting by written permission on private lands. Hunting on public lands at Pleasant Creek, Teter Creek, and in the Monongahela National Forest. Gone Huntin' Guide and Outfitters, contact John Rose guide and outfitter:
(304) 457-5222

 The rolling hills and low mountains of Barbour County are ideal for hunting deer, turkey, and squirrels. There are black bear to the East of these mountains.

Tanner, aged 6, got his first Spring Gobbler with his own .410 gauge shotgun in Barbour County. He has been hunting with his father and grandfather since he was 5 years old.

Listening for the dogs.

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Held each year on or near July 4 at the Barbour County Fairgrounds, features the state's largest fireworks display, exhibits, arts and crafts, entertainment, and food concessions. (304) 823-1328

Barbour County Veterans present the colors

On-stage at the Independence Day Celebration

Photo courtesy the Barbour Democrat

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Anyone interested in the old sport of Irish Road Bowling is invited to come to the North Philippi City Park any Monday evening at 6 p.m. where those interested in learning about- or practicing the sport -are invited to give it a try.  The game is simple in concept but takes time and practice to become an expert.  The aim is to throw a metal "bowl" weighing 28 ounces (about the size of a tennis ball), down a mile-long road to a finish line.

The 4-member team with the least amount of "throws" wins. Irish Road Bowling is one of the first events that mark the beginning of the Barbour County Fair.  This year, teams of experienced and novice road bowlers from all over West Virginia will play a "score" at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 29, 2009 on the Point Pleasant Road.  For more information, call Bob Wilkins in Philippi at (304) 457-4320.


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Held the third weekend in July, this re-enactment of the Battle of Laurel Hill includes cavalry units and their horses, Civil War encampments, costumed ball, pageant, exhibits, artillery demonstrations, period church service. For more information visit, call Belington (304) 823-3327 or via email:

 Confederate camps are open to the public during the reenactment weekend.

The names of Confederate soldiers interred at the battle site are recorded on the memorial wall, where an annual wreath-laying with 21-gun salute takes place each year.
Photos courtesy Belington CVB.

Photo courtesy the Barbour Democrat

2009 Schedule of Events

Friday - July 17, 2009

Sutlers Open for Business - Friday through Sunday

Noon - Midnight Registration of Reenactors
10:30 am Artillery Demonstration for young and not so young
6:00 pm Opening Ceremonies, Descendants Award
7:00 pm Lads and Lassies Pageant - Featuring Appearances by:
Brig. Gen. John Buford, First Calvary Corps throughout
the weekend.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

7:00 am Reveille
9:30 am Commanders Meeting
11:00 am Bob Welch (1st Show) Music, History, Storytelling
11:00 am Car Show*
12:00 am - 1:00 pm Living History and Cemetery Tours
12:00 am - 5:00 pm Entertainment provided by BRC; Crafters and Farm Market*
1:00 pm Bob Welch (2nd Show Downtown) Music, History, Storytelling
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm WDNE Remote Broadcast, Tune to 98.9 FM for details
3:00 pm Feature Parade, Main Street*
4:00 pm Train Yard Ambush*
4:30 pm Duck Race below Belington Veterans Memorial Bridge, Following Ambush (Time Approximate)
5:00 pm Cake Walk: EMS Building*
Troops: Supper in Pavillion
6:00 pm Camps closed to the public
6:30 pm Bob Welch (3rd Show on the Hill)
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Cotillion Ball
8:00 pm Memorial Artillery Salute

Sunday, July 19, 2009

7:00 am Reveille
9:30 am Commanders Meeting
10:00 am Period Church Service, All Welcome
11:00 am Memorial Service at the Wall, Honoring Laurel Hill Dead, Laying the Wreath
"Rebels at the Gate" book signing by Author Hunter Lesser
12:30 pm Bob Welch: Music, History, Storytelling
1:30 pm Battle of Laurel Hill Reenactment, Final Performance
2:30 pm Bob Welch: Music, History, Storytelling; Camps Break

( * Items marked with an asterisk will be held downtown. All others on the Hill)

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Everyone is encouraged to attend and experience this event.
Join us for the 9th annual Smokin' on the Tygart Chili Cook-off on Saturday, June 14, 2008. For registration or information call (304) 457-3700 ext. 226.

Saturday, June 14th

Courtesy The Intermountain

Photo courtesy the Barbour Democrat

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Everyone Welcome

The Good 'Ole Boys are a popular local attraction.

Hand-cranked iced cream, a perennial favorite at the fairair

Pets on parade.

The ultimate iced cream taste-test.

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Held in the early spring, features food concessions, cakewalk, Little Mr. & Miss Union Contest, country store, crafts, baked goods, pony rides, children's games. (304) 457-4770.

Saturday, March 8, 2008: Buckwheat pancake & sausage dinner 7 am to 2 pm.
Saturday, April 12, 2008: Ramp Dinner 2 – 6 pm

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For a fantastic adventure, journey down West Virginia Rivers in rafts from April through fall. Rafting on the Tygart and surrounding rivers. For more information visit or call toll free to 1-800-USA-RAFT.

kids in thrill ride more rafting fun

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In addition to hosting a commercial rafting company, the waters of Barbour County are a popular destination for river runners and kayakers of all ages. An excellent resource is "A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to West Virginia" by Charlie Walbridge and Ward Eister from Menasha Ridge Press 2003.) The American Whitewater Association website has detailed descriptions, real-time gauge readings, and photos of popular local sites. These include:

Arden to Cove Run
Tygart River: 8 Miles (3 hours)
Class: 3-5
River Gauge: Tygart at Philippi 2.5-6.5'

Covered Bridge Run
Carrollton to Philippi .-
Buckhannon and Tygart Rivers: 6 miles (2 hours]
Class: 1-2
River Gauge: Tygart at Philippi 2.5-6.5'

Audra Park to Tygart Junction
Middle Fork and Tygart Rivers: 6 Miles (3 hours) -
Class: 4
River Gauge: Middle Fork at Audra 3.2-5

Belington to Philippi Run
Tygart River: 16 Miles (5 Hours)
Class: 3-5, Belington to the mouth of the Buckhannon
Class: 1-2, Mouth of the Buckhannon to Philippi

River Gauge: Tygart at Bellington 3.5-7'

Middle Fork Run
Audra State Park
Middle Fork River: 5 Miles (2 hours)
Class: 1-3
River Gauge: Middle Fork at Audra 3.5-6'

Photos courtesy the WV Department of Commerce

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