Mountaineer Week at West Virginia University is celebrating 60 years of Appalachian heritage Nov. 2-11.

Major activities will begin at noon Friday, Nov. 2, with an opening ceremony in the Mountainlair ballrooms on the Downtown Campus. Randall Reid-Smith, commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, is the guest speaker, and there will be a special video welcome message by first lady Gayle Manchin.

The ceremony will usher in the historical craft fair and quilt show weekend, Nov. 2-4, on the second floor of the Mountainlair. The weekend will featureeverything Appalachian,including art, music, a country vittles dinner and family entertainment.

Another highlight of Mountaineer Week is the WVU -Louisville football game at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at Milan Puskar Stadium.

Halftime activities include a reunion of Mountaineer mascots and the naming of Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer, Most Loyal Alumni Mountaineer, Most Loyal West Virginian, Most Loyal Faculty Mountaineer and Most Loyal Staff Mountaineer.

Other activities taking place throughout the week include the popular Mountaineer Week beard-growing competition, PRT Cram, storytelling, clogging, traditional music and all things edible, from an old-fashioned corn roast to homemade apple butter.

In addition, a fiddle contest, sponsored by Centra Bank, will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, in theLairs Gluck Theatre, and WVU Dining Services will be offering 60 feet of pepperoni rolls, one foot for each year of Mountaineer Week history, at noon Thursday, Nov. 8, in theLair commons area.

Activities conclude Sunday, Nov. 11, with the final competition of Mountaineer Idol, WVU s version of the hit TV showAmerican Idol.

Mountaineer Week is WVU s way of paying tribute to West Virginias heritage and traditions,said Sonja Wilson, Mountaineer Week coordinator.Our No. 1 priority is to remind and educate our WVU students and community about the culture that has made West Virginia what it is today. We also hope to attract thousands of visitors from our campus, community, state and region as we preserve and provide access to cultural and educational resources that bind people and cultures together.

Mountaineer Week began in 1947 as a weekend event to build school spirit around the WVU -Kentucky football game. During its 60-year history, the event evolved to include unique aspects of Appalachian life, music, food, crafts and programs that are enjoyed by WVU faculty, staff and students, as well as visitors throughout the region.

For more information, call 304-293-2702 or e-mail mountainlair@mail.wvu.edu .

Highlights of the weeks activities (all take place at theLair unless otherwise noted):

* FRIDAY , NOV. 2

  • Corn roast, homemade apple butteroutside theLair
  • Craft fairnoon-8 p.m., ballrooms and adjacent hallways
  • Quilt shownoon-8 p.m., Mountaineer Room and ballrooms
  • Country vittles dinner5-7 p.m., Hatfields
  • Old School Band9:30 p.m., food court

* SATURDAY , NOV. 3

  • Corn roast, homemade apple butteroutside theLair
  • Craft fair, quilt show11 a.m.-8 p.m., Mountaineer Room, ballrooms, hallways
  • Family Fun Daynoon-5 p.m., variousLair locations
  • Fiddle contest7:30 p.m., Gluck Theatre, sponsored by Centra Bank

* SUNDAY , NOV. 4

  • Craft fair, quilt shownoon -5 p.m., Mountaineer Room, ballrooms, hallways
  • Eer IQ West Virginia Trivia Contest3 p.m., food court
  • In the Heart of the Hills: A Novel and Stories4 p.m., Monongahela Room

* MONDAY , NOV. 5

  • Sbarro dough toss contest12:30 p.m., commons
  • Scavenger hunt3 p.m., Vandalia Lounge
  • Ann Pancake reading7:30 p.m., Robinson Reading Room, Wise Library

* TUESDAY , NOV. 6

  • PRT Cram1-4 p.m., outside, front ofLair
  • Mountaineer Week Challenge4 p.m.Lair plaza
  • An Evening of Cherokee Conversation and Dance5 p.m., Gluck Theatre, presented by WVU Native American Studies Program and Joe Romeos I-79 Honda

* WEDNESDAY , NOV. 7

  • Beard-growing finalsnoon,Lair grand staircase
  • Mylan and Medicine: The Past, The Present and The Future4 p.m., Health Sciences Auditorium, presented by WVU School of Pharmacy and Mylan Pharmaceuticals

* THURSDAY , NOV. 8

  • 60 feet of pepperoni rollsnoon,Lair first floor
  • Mountaineer mascot reunion2 p.m., Mountaineer Room, sponsored in part by Mountain honorary and the WVU Alumni Association
  • WVU -Louisville football game7:30 p.m., Milan Puskar Stadium

* SUNDAY , NOV. 11

  • Mountaineer Idol finals3 p.m., Metropolitan Theatre, High Street

A detailed schedule of events is available online. Go tohttp://mountaineerweek.wvu.edu/events.