83rd Mountain State Forest Festival
September 28th – October 6th 2019

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2018 Event Results

About Forest Festival

The Mountain State Forest Festival is one of the largest and oldest festivals in West Virginia, continuing to promote the beauty and splendor of our mountains and valleys in all their autumn glory and promoting prudent development, conservation and culture of our abundant natural resources for the future.

The festival affords us the opportunity to share with our community and state the important role West Virginia’s natural resources play in our economic development. Rich in tradition, the Festival also plays a major role in our local and state economy and offers something for everyone to enjoy, such as, headline concerts and music shows, lumberjack competition, forestry & wood exhibits, juried art show, photography exhibit, quilt show, arts and crafts, amusement rides, (3) parades and the Royal Coronation of Queen Silvia.

Randolph County and the City of Elkins open their streets to accommodate 75,000+ visitors each year, with an opportunity for exploring our surrounding counties.

Meet Queen Silvia LXXXII

Meet Queen Silvia LXXXII

Buckhannon resident, Miss Alia Danae Figueroa, has been selected as Maid Silvia for the 82nd Mountain State Forest Festival by Director General Rich Nida.

The selection of Maid Silvia has been kept confidential for months. She, along with her family, will visit Elkins on Sunday, June 3rd to attend a private reception in her honor, sponsored by Graceland Inn Restaurant and Conference Center.

“It is with great enthusiasm that I announce Alia Figueroa as Maid Silvia the 82nd. As a resident of Upshur County, Alia has been familiar with and taken part in many of the festival activities and events throughout her life,” said Nida.

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Director General Rich Nida

The Board of Directors of the Mountain State Forest Festival is pleased to announce their appointment of Rich Nida as Director General of the 82nd Mountain State Forest Festival scheduled September 29- October 7, 2018.

The Forest Festival is West Virginia’s longest and oldest running festival and premier mountain event annually attracting tens of thousands of visitors every year. This year Director General Rich Nida has picked his theme, ”The Majestic Roads Lead to Royalty.” The idea for this theme came to Nida last fall while travelling home to Elkins. “As I drove home through the mountains looking at the beautiful fall foliage, I felt blessed to be a West Virginian, and to be a part of the Mountain State Forest Festival, which celebrates autumn in our beautiful state,” said Nida.
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Director General Rich Nida

Videos from the 80th Mountain State Forest Festival


The Mountain State Forest Festival is dependent on a solid volunteer base to plan, coordinate and execute each of our many different events. We are so very grateful for the thousands of volunteers, who throughout our decades of festival celebrations, made us what we are today. We can find a place for everyone who has the desire to be a part of one of West Virginia’s oldest and largest festivals. Throughout the years of our traditions and new beginnings, the volunteers have worked together as a team representing Randolph County and the City of Elkins.
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