After being canceled in 2020 due to the ongoing pandemic, the Dandelion Festival is coming back to White Sulphur Springs in May 2021.
While there are going to be some differences this year, festival-goers can expect much of the same events. This includes a parade, live music, veteran’s services, and children’s activities.
However, according to Katherine Shelton, the vice president of the West Virginia Dandelion Festival Committee and pageant director, there are a few things that will not be back until 2022. One of the primary events this affects is the art show.
Shelton said that she is excited to be “able to safely allow folks to get out and enjoy all of the beautiful updates that have been happening to downtown White Sulphur Springs. It is amazing! The energy in White Sulphur Springs and the ongoing efforts to keep traditions alive while staying current.”
There are many things that make this festival special. According to Shelton, one is that “every year our festival includes a free luncheon for all veterans and their families followed by a memorial service honoring those residents who served our country over the years.”
Shelton went on to say that she felt the luncheon is a beautiful way to “round out our weekend events. Honoring and remembering.”
The festival, which takes place on Memorial Day weekend, May 28-30, will also include fun events for both children and adults. There will be multiple free children’s activities throughout the weekend event.
For adults, there will be an event taking place on the first day of the festival, May 28, called a Sip and Stroll at Valley View Country Club Golf Course on Big Draft Road. There will be wine and beer tastings at every stop as well as some non-alcoholic beverages. Shelton said, “the dollars raised go to a great cause.” She also said that tickets for this event are available at the Valley View Country Club Golf Course.
In addition to all of the activities geared toward either children or adults, there are also activities for the entire family to enjoy. This includes shopping specials from downtown merchants, a cruise-in and more. There is something for everyone at the West Virginia Dandelion Festival in White Sulphur Springs.
For more information, keep a check on the “WV Dandelion Festival” Facebook for updates.
Dandelions, while considered weeds by most, are actually fascinating plants. According to Healthline, they have several health benefits. For example, dandelion greens contain vitamins such as A, C, K, E and a small amount of B vitamins as well as folate. In addition to this, dandelions are also full of antioxidants. Because of this, dandelions are so much more than just a “weed.” Celebrate the humble plant while enjoying a fun weekend at the 2021 West Virginia Dandelion Festival.