Spring Mountain Festival
The Grant County Chamber of Commerce orchestrates the Spring Mountain Festival each year during the last full weekend in April. The Festival is in its 27th year and was first started in 1992 and has been the first Fairs and Festivals Event each year in West Virginia.
Its roots run deep in Grant County and date back to the White Water Weekend that was an annual event every year starting in 1973 and running to 1979. White Water Weekend was centered around kayak and canoe races on the North Fork of the South Branch River and culminated each year with the April Fools Race of “anything that floats that’s not a boat.”
The US Championship Canoe Races were held on the North Fork which sparked the weekend that was combined with a Golden Trout Festival to become White Water Weekend. Local craftsman, Clubs and vendors provided food and crafts to crowds that would literally walk miles to come see them. White Water Weekend died out after a number of floods destroyed the rapids and other community and traffic issues forced its curtailment.
This left Grant County and the Petersburg community searching for a new festival to take the place of White Water Weekend. In 1992 the Grant County Chamber of Commerce sponsored the first Spring Mountain Festival in the Petersburg City Park.
The Festival at its roots centered on local crafts, artisans and food vendors with entertainment, a parade and numerous activities for young and old.
Today the Festival has grown to include a WV Fairs and Festivals Pageant, free entertainment (sponsored by local businesses) ranging from bluegrass to county and classic rock to gospel with circus or magic acts for the young and young at heart. Bounce houses, climbing walls and pony rides keep the children busy.
A trout derby (keeping true to the Golden Trout Festival) will be revived this year with prizes for all ages. There are Food Vendors serving BBQ, crab, sausages, and almost any kind of Festival Food that exists. Artisans and other craft vendors are spread throughout the park selling their unique wares. The parade with bands, military units, fire engines, and pageant royalty and business entries is one of the biggest events of the year.
Annually the Spring Mountain Festival attracts 5000-6000 visitors to the 4 day event that is advertised on TV, the web and social media and draws people from the surrounding states and Northern Virginia. The Festival continues to grow and is a great time for everyone that attends.