Food vendors at the West Virginia State Folk Festival are West Virginia non-profit organizations, mostly from Gilmer County. These organizations raise money annually to do good things in our community. The Folk Festival Committee is proud to support all of our local organizations by integrating their fund-raisers into our festival.
Here are a few examples of our food vendors.
The members of the Cedarville Chatty Ladies Club work on projects in our community. We purchase Veterans flags for cemeteries and maintain old graves. After there is a death in the community, the club sees that food is served to family and friends. We make sure that all local children
have a good Christmas. During this past Festival, we served buckwheat and regular pancakes, sausage links, sloppy joes, chips, and a variety of drinks.
The Cedar Creek Community Club has served beans and corn bread at the Glenville Town Hall. The proceeds from their sales are used for the upkeep of their World War II army surplus building. The first priority was to make the building safe with rewiring, new steps, and a handicapped ramp – then insulation and lots of paint. With the new water line in place, the club is now working on bathrooms and upgrading the kitchen. The building is now an active senior outreach center.
The Knights and Sisters of Pythias do considerable local charitable work. Proceeds help with
the annual contributions to Special Olympics, Relay for Life, and the Heart Fund. We also distribute Thanksgiving baskets in the community
The Gilmer County Farm Bureau has been a part of the Folk Festival for many years. This past year we served barbeque chicken dinners and roast beef sandwiches. Our location was directly behind the square dance platform. Our proceeds from these sales go to help defray expenses incurred at the annual Gilmer County Farm Show. Also, we buy food items for the Ronald McDonald House; aid in the operation of the Rosenbaum House at Ruby Memorial Hospital; sponsor a Kid’s Safety Day; and support local 4- H and FFA programs.
One vendor that is an old favorite at the Folk Festival and epitomizes communty support is the Lion’s Club . The Lions Club trailer has traditional American hot dogs for sale, each year, at the festival. Throughout the years they have supported the festival by organizing the parade, antique car show, and purchasing new equipment for the Festival. The Lions replaced the sound system on the streets of Glenville this year.
Other vendors include Todd Jones (Pork), Future Farmers of America (strawberry shortcake and ice cream), Ritchie County Lion’s Club (ice cream), and Glenville State College Athletics (Zules and spiral potatoes).