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June 15-18, 2023

The West Virginia State Folk Festival Belles

2022 Belles

For more information about the West Virginia State Folk Festival Belles contact

Brenda McCartney at 304-462-7566

2023 Belle Info

2023 Junior Belle Information and Luncheon Form

2023 Junior Belle Registration and Biography Form

2023 Baby Belle 


Gilmer County

Junior Belle

Eliza Chesser

WVSFF Belles and long time members, please send us copies of your favorite recipes. The 2021 WVSFF Board will have a limited edition Cookbook celebrating the heritage of West Virginia and the Folk Festival. Please send all recipes to [email protected]

and Carbon Copy

[email protected]

Thank you! 

Gilmer County Belle 2022, Linda Fisher Brannon

Who: Each county may select one 'belle' who:

  • Is past her 70th birthday
  • Possesses qualities consistent with the spirit of a pioneer woman
  • Will enjoy the festival and make new friends
  • Participate in Saturday's parade (walking three level street blocks) in her own period costume

What: The West Virgina State Folk Festival is the oldest celebration of our Appalachian roots. The two and a half day long festival consisting of Old Time music, heritage crafts and demonstrations, square dancing, and much, much more!

Why: Belles represent their county and are honored guests at the Folk Festival. Exhibiting the spirit of a pioneer woman means that the Belles are not only verse in such skills as canning, baking, sewing, and household management, but they are community minded, charitable, and a leader. These 'good-will' ambassadors are a unique feature of the Folk Festival and there are always new friendships formed and old acquaintances renewed. Don't miss out on this great opportunity!

Where: Glenville, in the heart of central West Virginia. The festival is focused around the downtown City Park but has activities all over town from the campus of Glenville State College to the Senior Citizens parking lot.

When: Friday, June 16th through Sunday, June 18th, 2023