Attending the yearly Mountaineer Folk Festival 2016 was a blast this year. We were able to go with two other couples who are the types of friends that are more like family than just friends. Two couples went ahead on Thursday morning while some of us had to work most of the day and leave after 2:00 pm.
We arrived last at around 5:30 pm and called Mountain Glen store ahead of time to let them know we were on our way. They were more than gracious to assist us in finding the place, and getting us to our site even though technically we were going to arrive after they closed. We were setup by 6:00 pm and ready to relax and enjoy time with our friends and eat.
The temperatures were perfect with low humidity, the campgrounds were clean, with excellent provisions for washing, restrooms, game room, and other features. I especially enjoyed the full strength wi-fi that was reachable from any site in the campground. I depend on wi-fi for email, TV streaming from Sling-TV, and working remotely ( If Needed ). It was certainly the quietest campground I have ever enjoyed. We almost felt like we needed to whisper when we were outside since it was so quiet we didn’t want to break the silence. The store was well stocked with the items you would expect such as chips, marshmallows, soft drinks, and other handy items for camping needs.
We were in the area to enjoy the Falls Creek Falls scenery as well as the annual Mountaineer Folk Festival. We were amazed at how much it had grown since the last time we were there. We saw an enormous variety of crafts and old types of skilled artistry such as quilting, sorgum syrup rendering from raw cane, bluegrass music, black smithing, pork rind frying, alpaca sheering, spinning wheel demonstrations to turn raw wool into yarn / thread. and weaving to make fabrics. As much as we enjoyed that, we also spent a good bit of time at the food vendors, for funnel cakes, home-made ice creams, kettle corn, and root-beer floats. We may have hit the ice-cream vendor 5-6 times, its hard to remember for sure. I’m not sure how we just kept going by that booth ;-).
As for scenery, we saw the 600 + foot waterfalls, the beautiful lake areas for fishing, boating and swimming. There were deer with fawns out in the open for easy photo opportunities as well as two wild turkeys that were a little shy for the camera but we got a few snapshots anyway. The colors were beginning to change on the foliage. Farmland was the most common feature of the area with mostly Mennonite houses and farms with a wonderful bakery with home made jellies and jams, breads, vegetables, fruits, and flowers. There were also some extremely fine hand crafted swings, chairs, and gliders made from polished cedar wood and stained with a glossy protective surface.
Please see some of the photos that were made below.