Families are encouraged to join West Virginia University’s annual Mountaineer Week celebration during Family Fun Day on Saturday (Oct. 29). The event offers a full day of activities to teach children about West Virginia culture through hands-on activities.

“Family Fun Day depicts Appalachian heritage through educational activities. The entire University community is welcome to attend the day free of charge,” said Pam Debarr, Family Fun Day coordinator. “It is my expectation to combine education and play in order to create quality time between families and our community.”

Family Fun Day, sponsored by Mountaineer Week and the Mountainlair, attracts thousands of visitors each year and introduces youth to the WVU campus, according to Debarr.

An activity called “Games Before Computers” will allow children and their families to learn how to play board games and make crafts with the help of student volunteers. The hope is to encourage families to spend time together rather than seek entertainment from the television or computer.

“Tell-e-bration,” which is sponsored by the WVU Office of Multicultural Programs, shares West Virginia history through legends and folk stories. The storytelling will take place from 3-5 p.m.

Family Fun Day contributes to the atmosphere of Mountaineer Week, because its activities are geared toward family interaction and include all members of the Morgantown community.

Mountaineer Week is an annual celebration of West Virginia’s rich Appalachian heritage and traditions. The activities serve to remind and educate WVU students about the culture that has made West Virginia what it is today. This fall, the festival commemorates its 64th year. For a complete schedule of events, visit the Mountaineer Week website at http://mountaineerweek.wvu.edu/events.

Mountaineer Week is a great time to remember days gone by. Share with us your own WVU memories through the University’s Heritage Project. Do you have a special recollection from Mountaineer Week? Tell us at http://heritageproject.wvu.edu/share_a_message.

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sr/10/18/11

CONTACT: Sonja Wilson, Mountaineer Week Advisor
304-293-2702, Sonja.Wilson@mail.wvu.edu

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