String Band

The music from jams under the trees, always a popular part of Fayette County's Appalachian String Band Festival, will be silenced again in 2021 as the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History has announced the cancellation of the popular event for the second consecutive year.

CLIFFTOP — The West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History (WVDACH) has made the decision to cancel the 2021 Appalachian String Band Music Festival.

The five-day camping experience in the heart of West Virginia, which also includes music contests, arts and crafts, dancing and games for the whole family, was set to take place July 28 to Aug 1 at Camp Washington-Carver in Clifftop.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the cancellation of the 2020 event as well.

“As we continue to navigate the ongoing pandemic and determine safe ways to hold large events such as the String Band Festival, the WVDACH is committed to making the kind of decisions that ensure the safety of the public and our staff,” a representative of the WVDACH said in a press release.

“We have continued to evaluate the possibilities of holding this event, and at this time this decision is one we feel is in everyone’s best interest.”

The popular annual festival which draws thousands of string band musicians and fans from across the country and around the world for its concerts, dancing, workshops and contests will be rescheduled for 2022.

For more information about the Appalachian String Band Festival, go to www.wvculture.org/stringband/ or contact Camp Washington-Carver at 304-438-3005.

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