2012 Vandalia Gathering

Time has come once again for the Vandalia Gathering in Charleston, WV. Now on its 36th year, the festival will be held during Memorial Day weekend at the Culture Center and State Capitol Complex grounds. The event is open to everyone and is free.

Drawing visitors from across the country, expect weekend full of music by West Virginian musicians playing fiddles, banjos, mandolins and dulcimers. Dancing is also in the program, and event goers are encouraged to participate in the ethnic and traditional square dancing.

Contests are aplenty, with the quest to find the best musicians, the best pound cake, the best cupcake bakers, and even the best liars.

Craftspeople are also setting up shop at the gathering, so you can expect to see quality crafts like pots, quilts, woodwork, jewels, instruments, and stained glass available for sale.

You won’t go hungry at the Vandalia Gathering, even if you have a picky palate. Traditional and ethic foods are available, as well as staples like roasted corn, hot dogs, hamburgers, beef barbeques, sandwitches and funnel cakes.

The event kicks off on May 25 at the State Theatre. The West Virginia Quilt Exhibitions Awards Presentation and the Vandalia Awards ceremony is happening at 7pm.

For the complete schedule, visit wvculture.org.