VOLCANO, W.Va., - The 24th annual Volcano Days Antique Engine Show and Festival will be Friday through Sunday at Mountwood Park, just off U.S. 50 east of Parkersburg.
The festival will feature three days of live entertainment, displays of antique engines, historical lectures and tours, a variety of food concessions, a flea market and a craft show. It commemorates Volcano, the oil boomtown that burned down in 1879 but at one time filled the valley with houses, shops and other business.
There will also be a shingle mill, apple butter making, wood mizer demonstrations, corn meal grinding, children's events, bingo, Sunday church services, kiddie tractor pulls and other attractions, including wagon rides throughout the park.
The new Volcano Museum will be open and guided tours to the Stiles Mansion ruins site will be available during the festival. The museum, located in the park's administration center, will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
The mansion tours will be 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. More tours will be added as needed, with tickets available at the museum.
The mansion was built by William Cooper Stiles Jr., one of the pioneers of the West Virginia and Ohio oil fields. In the late 19th Century, Volcano was an important community in the oil boom sweeping the region.
The Little Miss and Mister Mountwood Pageant will be 6 p.m. Friday at the park for girls and boys ages 3 to 6. All participants need to be registered by 4:30 p.m.
For more than a century, former residents of Volcano, their relatives, descendants and others have met annually for a reunion picnic. The annual Volcano reunion is now part of the Volcano Days Festival. The 120th Volcano Reunion Picnic will begin with a covered dish dinner at 5 p.m. Sunday in the administration building basement. The dinner is free to the public and everyone is welcome.
For more information about Volcano Days, contact Mountwood Park at (304) 679-3611 or www.mountwoodpark.org.