West Virginia Universitys popular week of preserving state traditions �€Mountaineer Week �€will turn 55 years old when activities take place on campus Nov. 1-9.

“We are really excited about all of this years offerings,”said Sonja Wilson, WVU Mountaineer Week coordinator.”Some of the special events planned in conjunction with this years 55th birthday include family fun festivities, delectable edibles and mountaineer music.”

One of the highlights of the week is the popular Mountaineer Week Craft Fair, which includes handmade jewelry, handwoven clothing and blankets, pottery, silk-screened t-shirts and other hand-crafted items from 58 state artisans in the Mountainlair Ballrooms.

The Country Roads Quilt Show also will return.”Like the craft fair, the quilt show is a beloved tradition of Mountaineer Week that showcases dozens of colorful handmade quilts loved by generations,”Wilson said.

Both events will be held Friday, Nov. 1-Sunday, Nov. 3, in the Mountainlair.

A Country Vittles dinner, complete with live Appalachian music from the Percival Pickers, will be held on Friday, Nov. 1, in Hatfields Restaurant. There also will be funnel cakes and candied apples for sale throughout the week, as well as apple butter-making demonstrations and old-time square dancing.

Appalachian authors will read from their works, and Bil Lepp, the West Virginia Liars and National Storytelling Champion, will spin his tales.

Clogging presentations will take place along with numerous displays and exhibits, plus the third annual Mountaineer Week Turkey Calling Contest and the ever-popular beard-growing competition.

“We are particularly excited about a third Mountaineer Mascot reunion,”Wilson said.”All former Mountaineer mascots, representing many generations, will be invited back to campus for this special occasion. The last reunion was held in 1997.”

The week concludes on Saturday, Nov. 9, with the Mountaineer Week football game when WVU plays BostonCollege at Mountaineer Field. Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer will be named at halftime as well as the Most Loyal Mountaineer, Alumni and Faculty and Staff.

A complete list of events will be forthcoming. For more information, call Sonja Wilson, 304-293-2702.