There’s More Than May Flowers To See In Marion County This Month

sheep shearing


May very well be the month with the shortest name, but it’s not short on things to do in Marion County. From rock (music) to robins, here are just a few things to add to your weekend calendar.


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Spring Bird Walk at Pricketts Fort State Park


Spring at Pricketts Fort
Against the backdrop of this recreated fortress, join naturalists for a Spring Bird Walk on May 6 from 8 a.m. to noon. It’s free, too! Come out and see who’s singing and chirping. While you’re there, check out the Heirloom Plant Sale from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. These unusual flowers and vegetables will add interest (and historical accuracy!) to your garden. Mother’s Day on May 14 is another excuse to visit. Everybody’s Ma enjoys half-priced tickets!

Later this month, find out how yarn comes from wool during the Sheep to Shawl event. Reenactors will reveal the entire process from May 26-27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. And if you’re a veteran, visit the fort for free on Memorial Day!

Treasure trawl
Coming up: the Mannington city-wide yard sale on May 6. Entire neighborhoods (plus many local shops) unleash a flood of sales from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Scrounge around for deals and keep your eyes peeled for Manny the yard sale pig, too. Find him and get gift certificates!

Soundtracks for your Saturday
Take it easy at Sagebrush Round-Up, a family-friendly hangout with professional country music and dancing every Saturday. You won’t want to miss those home-cooked meals, either.


Great Buffalo Canoe Race

Great Buffalo Canoe Race


Splash zone events
Bring your kayak or canoe to the Great Buffalo Canoe Race on May 6 for a shot at cash prizes! Register at 8 a.m. then hit the water at 9. Then, join the Farmington Fire Department for a light reception following the competition.

There’s also the Spring Truck Mud Bog on May 6 at the Paw Paw Fairgrounds. Hang out and cheer on powerful vehicles as they slither and slog through goopy traps. Whose 4WD beast will win? Listen to those engines roar from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.


pepperoni roll eating contest

Major League Eating Pepperoni Roll Contest at WV Three Rivers Festival


Marion County’s pools open May 27, too.

We remember
In the spirit of Memorial Day, pay homage to our fallen heroes across the hills, and learn more about how war time has shaped our history by exploring our American Heroes Itinerary.

So where will we find you this month? 

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