The 29th Annual Leaf Peeper Festival
September 22-24th

Below is a link to the complete schedule of events!!! All of your favorites events will still be included and some new this year! Fireman's Parade Friday evening, Inflatable Rides all weekend, Food & Craft Fair Saturday and Sunday, 5k/2k Run/Walk on Saturday, Oktoberfest and Live Music on Saturday, Car Show and Golf Tournament on Sunday and much more!

Event Schedule 

2017 Leaf Peeper’s Festival
Schedule of Events
 
Inflatable Amusements for Kids
Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Sponsored by Young Life
 
 
West Virginia Heritage Exhibits
 
*FRIDAY ONLY*
Amish Lifestyle & Horseshoeing Exhibit- Located in front of Alpine Lodge, Davis.
Bennie Bender of Springs, PA, will demonstrate and explain the art of horseshoeing and answer questions about Amish lifestyle, customs and traditions.   *Friday only
 
Stream Restoration Exhibit-Located in front of Alpine Lodge, Davis
Canaan Valley Institute will have employees on hand to explain stream restoration techniques and offer a hands-on activity. *Friday only
 
Animal Olympics – Located in front of the Alpine Lodge, Davis
Volunteers from the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge will be on hand to showcase and explain traits and characteristics of local habitat, with a fun and fun-to-watch interactive presentation.   Sponsored by the Friends of the 500th National Refuge.  *Friday only     
 
Interactive Improv Sessions- Located in front of Alpine Lodge, Davis.
EMay leads interactive, high-energy group improv sessions that explore music through melody, harmony, and rhythm; collaboration using songwriting and language; and being expressive with dance and movement. www.emaymusic.com Sponsored by STArt. *Friday only
 
*FRIDAY & SATURDAY*
Broken “H” Traveling Train Exhibit- Located in front of Alpine Lodge, Davis
Impressive traveling train exhibit has three tracks of G-scale trains that are in motion all at the same time.   Knowledgeable “conductor” Dean Hardman will introduce festival visitors to a wealth of locomotive history when visiting the exhibit.  Exhibit located in the grassy area adjacent to Alpine Lodge/Sawmill Restaurant (in the event of inclement weather, this exhibit may be moved to the Davis Community Center).
 
Totem Motive Wood Carving Exhibit - Located in front of Alpine Lodge, Davis
Local artist “Sacco” Carter will demonstrate the fine art of wood carving with live demonstrations.  Exhibit located in the grassy area adjacent to Alpine Lodge/Sawmill Restaurant. 
 
Fred “Powerhouse” Powers – Located in front of Alpine Lodge, Davis
Coal Miner, Storyteller, Author, Teacher, Appalachian- Living History Presentation of the Appalachian Coal Miner.  Fred Powers is a walking repository of West Virginia History.  A former school teacher as well as a miner, he’s a great storyteller and his oral presentation of his life, forbearers and region are only a small reflection of the many untold stories of the coal miner.   www.powerhousepowers.com     
 
Pioneer Games – Located in front of Alpine Lodge, Davis.
Retired educator Sharon Powers will surprise, entertain and educate you with genuine, authentic games once played by pioneer children.  *Friday and Saturday 
 
*FRIDAY, SATRUDAY & SUNDAY MORNING*
Live Glass-Blowing Demonstrations – Located in front of Tucker Community Foundation, Davis
Chip Turner from Appalachian Glass in Weston will demonstrate the fine art of glassmaking with live demonstrations.  Exhibit located in front of Tucker Community Foundation/Run for It Office.   *ALSO OPEN SUNDAY 9:00 AM – NOON
 
Friday-
9am – 4:30pm (last ride ticket sold 3:45pm)
Scenic Chairlift Rides – Canaan Valley Resort, Canaan Valley 
View the valley’s brilliant autumn colors from the top of Weiss Knob at 4280’. Enjoy a leisurely scenic chairlift ride to the top of the ski area mountain, where you can view the entire valley and nature’s spectacular artwork.  Terrific photography opportunities. Choose to ride the lift back to the base of the mountain, or hike down via Bald Knob Trail (moderately strenuous, not suggested for small children. Bring snacks and water if hiking). Chairlift Fee: Adult $7; Jr or Sr: $5
 
10am -4 pm
Interpretive Fall Foliage Horseback Rides- Mountain Trail Rides, Canaan Valley  
Enjoy the area’s beautiful fall foliage from horseback and bring any questions you may have about our local trees and flowers with you!  Krista White, Seasonal Naturalist at Blackwater Falls State Park, will be our Special Guest  to interpret our beautiful surroundings on special rides leaving at 10am,12 noon, 2pm, and 4 pm.  Identify yourself as a “Leaf Peeper” and receive a 10% discount.  Reservations strongly suggested.  Call 304-866-4652.    
 
10am- 6pm
Driftland’s Ski & Outdoor Swap- Driftland Ski & Sport Shop, Davis.
Join us for bargains all weekend long! Bring in your outdoor gear or clothing to be sold at your set price. A percentage of sales will be donated to the Challenged Athletes of West Virginia at Timberline. For information- 681-435-9011 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
4pm – 9pm
Horse Drawn Wagon Rides – Davis 
Enjoy the traditional “fall festival” experience of riding in a horse-drawn wagon.    For information, please call 304-866-4652.    
 
5pm, 6pm, 7pm
Wagon Rides- Canaan Valley Resort, Canaan Valley
Take a ride through the park on a tractor pulled wagon. Enjoy a campfire and marshmallow roast along the trails. Purchase tickets at the Beech Club (downstairs, Main Lodge).  Adults: $7  Jr (age 6-12): $4 *Kids ages 5 – under free with parents.  Limited seating. For more information- 800-622-4121
 
5pm – 7 pm
Run For It early-bird Registration-Front Bay of DVFD, Davis
Early check-in or registration for the region’s largest community fundraiser, a 2k/5k race. Race is on Saturday morning. Sandra Frank (304)259-5008 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.tuckerfoundation.net/run  
 
5pm-7pm
Music- Stage, Parking lot across from DVFD, Davis.
Chaga Tea Project is a WV based band. Food vendors & Inflatables will be open during this time! 
 
7pm
Fireman’s Parade-Sponsored by the DVFD, Davis
Enjoy the 8th annual Leaf Peeper’s Parade sponsored by the DVFD. Participants include; fire trucks, floats, antique cars, etc. Trophies will be awarded and given out at the DVFD Fire Hall directly after the parade. Line-up is at 6pm, next to the Dollar General. To participate/register, call Joni at 304-614-7760. 
 
7:30 pm
Music-Blackwater Falls Lodge. 
Bear Hill Bluegrass Band. Open to the public at no cost.
 
8:30pm
Music- Purple Fiddle, Thomas.
Chad Elliot, with Tommy C. Lewis  - $10 Admission.  Elliott’s early career demonstrates a love of folk, roots and singer-songwriter music. He has worked with many greats and shared the stage with artists of the highest caliber, including Odetta, Tom Paxton, Loudon Wainwright III, R.L. Burnside, Greg Brown, Bo Ramsey, etc. Today, his songwriting has made a marked shift to Americana.  For information call 304-463-4040  www.purplefiddle.com
Saturday
8am  
Run For It Registration- Front Bay of DVFD, Davis 
Opens at 8am; and closes promptly at 9:30 am, no exceptions. Sandra Frank (304)259-5008 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.tuckerfoundation.net/run  
 
8am-11am
WV Highland Artisans Gallery, Davis
Come join us before the race for coffee, sweet rolls and buns-on the house! Check out our discounts all weekend on beautiful art and exquisite crafts. For more information- 304-259-5411.
 
8am – 1pm
IOOF Breakfast- IOOF Building, Davis
Pancakes, Buckwheat cakes, Eggs and Sausage Gravy & Biscuits. $8 adults & $4 for children (10 & under).
 
8am - 5pm
Driftland’s Ski & Outdoor Swap- Driftland Ski & Sport Shop, Davis.
Join us for bargains all weekend long! Bring in your outdoor gear or clothing to be sold at your set price. A percentage of sales will be donated to the Challenged Athletes of West Virginia at Timberline. For information- 681-435-9011 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
9am
Fields of Fire-Dolly Sods Tour-Canaan Valley Resort, Canaan Valley.
Photograph fall colors, fire red blueberry bushes & visit bird banding station/Bear Rocks Preserve. Box lunches are provided, $25 per person. Meet in front of the Park Lodge. Call 1-304-866-4121 ext. 2788 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.canaanresort.com   for reservations or more information.
 
9am – 4:30pm (last ride ticket sold 3:45pm)
Scenic Chairlift Rides – Canaan Valley Resort, Canaan Valley 
View the valley’s brilliant autumn colors from the top of Weiss Knob at 4280’. Enjoy a leisurely scenic chairlift ride to the top of the ski area mountain, where you can view the entire valley and nature’s spectacular artwork.  Terrific photography opportunities. Choose to ride the lift back to the base of the mountain, or hike down via Bald Knob Trail (moderately strenuous, not suggested for small children. Bring snacks and water if hiking). Chairlift Fee: Adult $7; Jr or Sr: $5
 
9am – 5pm  
WV Appalachian Craft Show- Davis Fire Hall, Davis
Crafters & Artists display their specialties. Items include; painted wood, candles, soap, ceramics, fabric crafts, primitive crafts, baked goods and hot food from the kitchen by Team Hannah/Community Bible Church. Call 304-259-5315.
 
9am – 5pm 
Craft Auction- Davis Fire Hall. Davis
Purchase tickets at WV Appalachian Craft Show to win one of many items donated by Craft Vendors from our Craft Show.  Tickets= $1 each or $5 for 15. Winners announced on Sunday at 2:30pm. 
 
10am – 2pm
Silent Auction, Front Bay-Davis Fire Hall, Davis
Bid on various items from local businesses; Lodging Packages, Ski Passes, Handcrafted items, etc. Must be present to win!! Sponsored by Tucker County Chamber of Commerce. Call 304-259-5315.
 
10am – 4pm
Fall Foliage Horseback Rides – Mountain Trail Rides, Canaan Valley
Enjoy the area’s beautiful fall foliage from horseback.  Identify yourself as a “Leaf Peeper” and receive a 10% discount.  Reservations strongly suggested.  Call 304-866-4652.  
 
10am – 7pm
Oktoberfest- Parking lot across from the Davis Fire Hall, Davis
Beer, music, dancing & food! A true Oktoberfest atmosphere! On display, crafts & foods from many vendors, including the MountainTop Library Book-sale. Scheduled to appear- Sugarfoot Stompers at 10am, LocalMotive at 3pm and Talent Show at 5pm. For Information- 304-259-5315.
 
11am
Run For It 2k /5k Tour of Davis-Front Bay of DVFD, Davis
RUN FOR IT is a 2k (1.2M) walk and USATF certified 5k (3.1M) race around the scenic mountain town of Davis, WV. Cash awards support community organizations, projects, nonprofit agencies, educational activities, and charities located within the Foundation’s service area.  Team Photos beforehand. For more information- Sandra Frank (304)259-5008 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.tuckerfoundation.net/run  
 
12pm-5pm
Little Peeper Petting Zoo and Gemstone Mining, Downtown Davis
Family fun for the young, and young at heart!  Assortment of friendly animals to pet and play with.  Also, festival visitors may “pan” in our mining sluice like the miners of yesteryear to find gemstones, fossils, arrowheads and shark’s teeth.   Sponsored by the Farm Discovery Center at Blackwater Falls State Park. 
 
12pm– 7pm
Horse Drawn Wagon Rides, Davis 
Enjoy the traditional “fall festival” experience of riding in a horse-drawn wagon!    For information, please call 304-866-4652.    
 
1pm
Run For it Awards Ceremony- Frontier Communications Stage, Davis. 
More than $90,000 will be awarded to the winner’s community causes.
 
1 pm
Blackwater Canyon Bike Ride- Purple Fiddle, Thomas
The 10-mile guided ride descends from Thomas to Mill Race Park in Parsons, where riders are treated to a picnic hosted and sponsored by the City of Parsons. Participants will not only enjoy the beauty of the canyon and the Allegheny Highlands Trail, but will also learn about local history and trail development plans. Suitable for mountain or cross bikes. All skill levels welcome. Helmets required. Not recommended for children under age 10. Return shuttle provided. FREE. Contact- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or  www.highlandstrail.org 
 
1pm  
Touch of Geology-Blackwater Falls State Park
Meet the park naturalist at Blackwater Falls Lodge to enjoy this exploration of park geology at the overlook and along Elakala Trail.  About 1 hour. YPP  Leashed and well behaved pets welcomed on this activity. Harold Walters Nature Center Open: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
 
1 pm 
Music- Purple Fiddle, Thomas
Bob Keel - Free concert. His sound is like if Bob Dylan, Jack Johnson, Bob Marley, and The Avett Brothers were fuzed together in a freak nuclear accident and then wrote a song. Bob is a story teller for those in need of tale. For information call 304-463-4040 www.purplefiddle.com
 
1:30 p.m.   
Native Americans in West Virginia- Blackwater Falls State Park
Kids can make a headband to wear while learning about native American  tribes associated with West Virginia, then try constructing a temporary shelter out of brush.  Meet the assistant naturalist in Harold Walters Nature Center of Blackwater Falls State Park. $1.00 craft fee. About 2 hours. YPP Limited to 25 participants. Call for reservations at 304-259-5511 
 
2pm-5pm
WV Highland Artisans Gallery, Davis
Champagne and hors d'oevres from 2-5. Meet the artists and enjoy many sale discounts! For information- 304-259-5411.
3 pm
Music- Purple Fiddle, Thomas
Belle of the Fall - Free Concert. Soft, tender and raw all at once; Julia’s vocal delivery is light as a feather yet powerful enough to knock down an entire city block with one turn of a phrase. her partner in crime, bassist Tracy Walton, rounds out Belle of the Fall’s folky yet modern sound. For information call 304-463-4040 www.purplefiddle.com
 
5pm
The 5th Annual Leaf Peepers Talent Show Contest- Frontier Communications Stage, Davis
Join us Saturday evening to cheer on your favorite performer!! There will be three age categories- Child (5-12), Teen (13-17) and Adult (18 & over). All performers must be amateur in singing and/or instrumental.  There is a $25 entry fee. Contact Angie Shockley 304-642-9070 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
 
5p.m.   
Campfire-Blackwater Falls State Park
Lets enjoy telling tales, learning about dark skies while making Pemminican  and dump cake at Harold Walters Nature Center fire circle. about 90 minutes. YPP 
 
5pm, 6pm, 7pm
Wagon Rides- Canaan Valley Resort, Canaan Valley
Take a ride through the park on a tractor pulled wagon. Enjoy a campfire and marshmallow roast along the trails. Purchase tickets at the Beech Club (downstairs, Main Lodge).  Adults: $7  Jr (age 6-12): $4 *Kids ages 5 – under free with parents.  Limited seating. For more information- 800-622-4121
 
6pm – 9pm
Thomas Art Crawl, Thomas
The four artspaces of downtown Thomas will keep their doors open into the night for an evening of gallery wandering. Featuring Creature, White Room, Lamplight Gallery, Gradient and TipTop. Followed by love music at the Purple Fiddle!
7p.m. 
Sundown in the Park- Blackwater Falls State Park
Meet the park naturalist's at Harold Walters Nature Center at Blackwater Falls State Park for this evening program of watching the sun set then having some fun in the dark.  Approx. 1 hour. YPP. For more information- 304-259-5216
 
7:30pm
River Restoration Film Showing- National Youth Science Center, Davis
Join Canaan Valley Institute for two short documentary films highlighting efforts to restore fish habitat and improve water quality, Stewards of the Shavers Fork and Undamming the Elwha. Popcorn, cotton candy and drinks available. National Youth Science Center, 494 Riverstone Road, 2 miles east of Davis on Route 48.
 
8:30pm
Music- Purple Fiddle, Thomas.
The Railsplitters  - $12 Admission.   Though they operate with the instrumentation of a bluegrass band, The Railsplitters are making music totally unlimited by tradition. This is music for the open road, the open dance floor, and open ears--music of the American West, made for all. For information call 304-463-4040 www.purplefiddle.com
 
 
Sunday-
7am-11am
Leaf Peeper Breakfast Special- The Breakfast Nook, Canaan Valley
Buy one breakfast and get one half off with your Leaf Peeper brochure. Call 304-642-9070 or www.facebook.com/breakfastnook 
 
8am- 5pm
Driftland’s Ski & Outdoor Swap- Driftland Ski & Sport Shop, Davis.
This is the last day to gear up on your outdoor necessities. Hurry before it’s all gone! A percentage of sales will be donated to the Challenged Athletes of West Virginia at Timberline. For information- 681-435-9011 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
9am – 4:30pm (last ride ticket sold 3:45pm)
Scenic Chairlift Rides – Canaan Valley Resort, Canaan Valley 
View the valley’s brilliant autumn colors from the top of Weiss Knob at 4280’. Enjoy a leisurely scenic chairlift ride to the top of the ski area mountain, where you can view the entire valley and nature’s spectacular artwork.  Terrific photography opportunities. Choose to ride the lift back to the base of the mountain, or hike down via Bald Knob Trail (moderately strenuous, not suggested for small children. Bring snacks and water if hiking). Chairlift Fee: Adult $7; Jr or Sr: $5
 
9:30am-??  
20th Annual Fall Colors Golf Tournament, Canaan Valley Resort, Canaan Valley
Format includes open division, Play for cash! Best Ball scramble w/ two divisions, open & handicap. Lots of great prizes!! Hole in One Car and prizes sponsored by Performance Chevrolet. For rules & information call 304-259-5315.
 
10am – 2pm  
Craft Auction- Davis Fire Hall, Davis
Purchase tickets at WV Appalachian Craft Show to win one of many items donated by Craft Vendors from our Craft Show.  Tickets= $1 each or $5 for 15. Winners announced on Sunday at 2:30pm. 
 
10am – 3pm 
Car Show, Parking lot across from Davis Fire Hall, Davis
Sponsored by Patriot Automotive Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. Trophies awarded in various categories!  1st 50 pre-registered cars receive a dash plaque & are eligible for a door prize!  50/50, Door Prizes and much more! $10 registration fee. Call Jessica at 304-259-5315 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Will at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
 
10am – 3pm  
WV Appalachian Craft Show-Davis Fire Hall, Davis
Crafters & Artists display their specialties. Items include; painted wood, candles, soap, ceramics, fabric crafts, primitive crafts, baked goods and hot food from the kitchen by Team Hannah/Community Bible Church. Call 304-259-5315.
 
10:30am
Nature Hike- Blackwater Falls State Park
Naturalist Loop- Meet the assistant naturalist in Blackwater Falls Lodge Lobby to enjoy walking along a section of three favorite trails at Blackwater Falls State Park. The Harold Walters Nature Center Open will also be open 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Stop in to visit or see what the naturalist has scheduled. 
 
1pm
Cake Walk- outside Davis Fire Hall, Davis.
Enjoy an old fashion cake walk with lots of baked goods for prizes! Sponsored by the Mountain Laurel Learning Cooperative. For information- Maggie Lutz 330-883-1891.
 
1pm  
Duck Race- Beaver Creek Bridge (behind Dollar General), Davis
800 ducks released into Beaver Creek (Located behind the Dollar General). First, Second, Third & Last Duck to cross finish line wins $$. Duck Tickets are $2.00 each or book of 5 for $8.00 & can be purchased at Information Center or at Craft Show at the DVFD. Tickets must be purchased before Noon on Sunday. All profits help fund the Leaf Peepers Festival!
 
1 pm
Music- Purple Fiddle, Thomas
Belle of the Fall - Free Concert. Soft, tender and raw all at once; Julia’s vocal delivery is light as a feather yet powerful enough to knock down an entire city block with one turn of a phrase. her partner in crime, bassist Tracy Walton, rounds out Belle of the Fall’s folky yet modern sound. For information call 304-463-4040 www.purplefiddle.com
 
3 pm
Music- Purple Fiddle, Thomas
Bob Keel - Free concert. His sound is like if Bob Dylan, Jack Johnson, Bob Marley, and The Avett Brothers were fuzed together in a freak nuclear accident and then wrote a song. Bob is a story teller for those in need of tale. For information call 304-463-4040 www.purplefiddle.com 
 
 
 
Thanks for visiting our festival!!
See you next year
September 28th – 30th, 2018