Save the Date for 2023 Festival –
September 30th – October 8th 2023!
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, and parades.
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.
Director General Robert “Robbie” Morris, Jr.
Robert “Robbie” Morris, Jr. will serve as the Director General for the 84th Mountain State Forest Festival, which will take place between September 26th and October 4th. This will be his sixth year with the festival. Morris has two daughters, Elin and Tinley. Morris served as a train bearer in the 1993 Forest Festival, his father, Bob Morris, served as an assistant director in 1992 and 1993, and his daughter Elin served as a flower girl in the 2018 Forest Festival.
Morris is a graduate of Elkins High School and West Virginia Wesleyan College where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s in Business Administration. He is the executive director of the Randolph County Development Authority and the West Virginia Wood Technology Center. He is a 2009 graduate of Leadership WV and was named by West Virginia Executive Magazine as a 2017 Young Gun. Morris is active in many other professional and civic organizations at both local and state levels.
Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives
Five-time Grammy Award winning country music legend Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives will bring pure classic country to the 83rd Mountain State Forest Festival. The performance is slated for 7 p.m. Saturday, October 5 in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium on the campus of Davis & Elkins College. The show opens with critically acclaimed teen prodigy Emi Sunshine. Hailing from eastern Tennessee and capturing attention from around the nation, Sunshine adds her unique, contemporary blend of roots music that is equal parts Americana, bluegrass, gospel and country.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, March 15 online, at the festival office at 101 Lough St., Elkins, or by calling 304-636-1824.
Videos from the 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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Meet Queen Silvia LXXXIV
Buckhannon resident Caroline Marie Fluke has been selected for the 84th Mountain State Forest Festival by Director Robbie Morris.
Due to COVID-19, the selection of Maid Silvia has been kept secret since 2020.
“From the moment I met Caroline I knew she would represent the Mountain State Forest Festival with honor and distinction,” said Morris. “Caroline and her family have been very patient and supportive as we worked through the challenges of the pandemic. We are excited to finally get festival activities rollling and I am looking foward to a great year.”
Caroline is the daughter of Eric and Jennifer Fluke of Buckhannon. She is the granddaughter of Carol and the late Thomas B. Dunn of Naples, Florida and Jaunita and the late John Fluke of Shawnee, Oklahoma. She has one brother, Bryson Fluke.