Larry See

The 12th annual South Branch Valley Bluegrass Festival and Fireworks will be held on Saturday, June 26, at the Wapocoma Campground on South Branch River Road, south of Romney, with the 1st acts set to appear at 11 a.m. 

The festival has attracted an impressive lineup of some of the finest Bluegrass entertainers in the country, including Lonesome River Band, Nothin’ Fancy, Deer Creek Boys and Jr. Sisk and Ramblers Choice, along with other local favorites.

There will also be great food and one of the finest fireworks shows in the area at the conclusion of the festival. 

Admission to the festival is $5 per person age 12 and up. No pets, ATV’s, golf carts, or alcohol are allowed in the concert area. Also, tents and high-backed chairs are prohibited in the concert area. 

Social distancing, masking, and CDC guidelines are the responsibility of the individual attendee. 

Mark your calendars right now so you don’t miss this great event. I know you’ll be glad that you did!

Walk To Be Fit

Walk To Be Fit began on April 1. To register for the program, just stop by any FNB Bank Branch (Fort Ashby, Romney, Hampshire Square, or Capon Bridge), the Hampshire Wellness and Fitness Center at Hampshire Square, or the Hampshire County Health Department in Augusta. 

When you register, don’t forget to pick up your free pedometer and your tally sheet to log the miles that you walk.

We will recognize four milestones this year: 100, 250, 500, and 1,000 miles. When you reach one of those milestones, or when your tally sheet is filled, just return it to the location where you picked it up, and we will contact you when you are eligible for a prize. 

Walking is great exercise on the path to a healthier lifestyle, and what could be better than receiving some nice prizes for your efforts? That’s what Walk To Be Fit is all about.

New Conference Center at Hampshire Park

The new Conference Center at Hampshire Park is heading down the home stretch. All the inside electrical work is completed, and the tiles in the drop ceilings in the dining hall and kitchen have now been installed. 

Work has been completed on the restrooms, showers, and other plumbing fixtures, and painting the interior trim has also been finished. 

Work on the fire alarm system and the water system is next on the agenda. 

The 6,600-square-foot Conference Center will be heated and air conditioned for year-round use and will be available for a variety of functions, including:

1. 4-H Camp

2. Weddings

3. Wedding Receptions

4. Baby Showers

5. Business Meetings

6. Business Conferences

7. Family Reunions

8. Birthday Parties

9. Retreats

10. Camps for Organizations

11. Anniversary Celebrations

12. Craft Shows

13. Class Reunions

14. Picnics

If you have questions about the project, or if you are interested in contributing to it, call us at 304-822-7300, or contact us via email at

Disc Golf Course at Camp Walker

When planning your outdoor activities, don’t forget about the Camp Walker Disc Golf Course. We have made several improvements to the course over the past year. 

We installed tee-marker posts for all the holes to make each teeing area more visible. 

We are also providing scorecards and course maps, both of which can be found in the mailbox beside the first tee. 

The first tee is located on the flat ground out past the pavilion, where the road turns to the left and starts down over the hill toward the exit to the park. 

We have also installed new tee markers with the Camp Walker logo on them for each hole. 

If you’re looking for a disc to play at Camp Walker, then we have several options for you. 

We have Skeeters, which are all-purpose discs that are suitable for every shot, for sale in the HCP&R office for just $7 each. 

We also have commemorative glow-in-the-dark drivers and putters that have the official Camp Walker logo on them for $15 each. 

All proceeds from the sale of these discs go for improvements to the course.

If you haven’t been out to Camp Walker to play the course, you really need to take an hour or so and try it. I feel certain that you will find disc golf both physically and mentally challenging. 

Plus, it’s a great opportunity to spend some time in one of the prettiest spots in Hampshire County. 

And it’s free to play. Now that’s a deal I know you don’t want to miss!

Pavilion and Park Reservations

On Monday, January 4, HCP&R began taking pavilion and park reservations for the 2021 season. The rental season extends from April 15 through October 15. Pavilions for picnics, family reunions, or any other outdoor gathering may be rented at either Hampshire Park or Afton and Pauline Malick Central Hampshire Park. Prices for the entire day run from $35 to $45, depending on the size of the pavilion rented. You may also rent the amphitheater at APMCHP for only $55 per day.

If you have a larger gathering, you may want to rent an entire park, either at Green Spring Park ($40 to $95, depending on facilities desired) or Camp Walker ($75 for the whole park the entire day, including the disc golf course). All our parks now have electric outlets and restrooms. 

To rent a pavilion or park, or just to get more information, call the HCP&R office any weekday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at 304-822-7300. We will also accept reservations via our email at ο

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