Elkins – Clinics and tryout for Jesters of the 84th Mountain State Forest Festival will begin in April.
Randolph County students who will be enrolled in graded sixth through 1oth by Sept. 1 are eligible.
Jester applications will be judged on an original essay of 100 words or less on “Why I want to Be a Jester;” a group routine including simple dance steps to be taught during jester clinics, and their individual 1-2 minute routine.
Participants also will be judged on their appearance, attitude, smile, personality and gymnastics ability. An educator reference, attendance and grade report, and a personal reference will be required.
To be eligible, participants must attend all jester clinics at D&E McDonnell Center Gym, which are scheduled from 6:30-8 p.m. April 26, 6:30-8 p.m. April 27, and 6:30-8 p.m. April 28.
Tryouts will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 30 at the D&E McDonnell Center Gym.
A mandatory parent meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. on April 26 at the D&E McDonnell Center Gym.
Jester tryout applications are available at the schools and the Mountain State Forest Festival Office on Lough Street.
A parent or guardian must sign the release portion of the application before any student can participate in the clinics or tryouts.
The Mountain State Forest Festival Jesters are included in all the minor court activities including school tours, coronation and parades.
This year’s theme is “A Mountain Mosaic” and the Jesters will be sure to capture the attention and hearts of audiences as they tumble, dance and perform for Maid Silvia, her court, and patrons of the 84th Mountain State Forest Festival.
This year’s festival will be held from Oct. 1 through Oct. 9.
Anyone interested can call the Forest Festival Office at (304) 636-1824.