JERUSALEM — The Captina Creekin’ Festival is set to return for its second year on October 15.
The Friends of Captina Creek invite everyone to join them for a fun afternoon filled with live entertainment, demonstrations, activities, food and more. The event is completely free.
Ellie Ewing, executive director of Captina Conservancy, said they have planned a variety of activities for the event that celebrate the creek and the wildlife in and around the creek.
A live bluegrass band, Hip Appalachian Music — also known as HAM — from Athens, Ohio, will play from 1 to 3 p.m.
“They do old school bluegrass, swing and country music,” she says.
The festival will also feature cart rides along the creek, a fly-fishing demonstration, a silent auction of homemade wooden arts and crafts, and stalls set up by groups and local wildlife organizations that will provide a variety of activities and educational information for participants.
The upcoming date will mark the reserve’s second time hosting the festival. Ewing said they hope to continue it every year in the future.
“We had such a great time, and hope to make it an annual tradition,” she said, adding that over 100 people attended last year’s event from all over.
“Everyone who came said ‘please do this again’. Launching an annual event and spreading the word is sometimes a challenge, but I think if you keep doing it, word spreads. We had people from all over, from the streets to people in Cambridge and Wheeling and further afield who had heard of it.
Ewing said they originally planned to hold the premiere of the event in the fall of 2020 in order to celebrate the organization’s 10th anniversary; however, the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily delayed it until the following year.
“We postponed it to 2021, and it went so well that we decided to make it an annual event. … We wanted to give people the chance to get out and access the creek and come together to celebrate autumn, she says.
The event takes place on the South Fork of Captina Creek at a private property known as Captina Preserve, located at 55800 New Castle Road, Jerusalem, just outside of Beallsville.
“The owners are opening their property just for this holiday. It’s a beautiful spot along the creek,” she says.
Ewing recommends attendees bring a chair or blanket they can use to sit on the lawn to relax and enjoy the music.
The event is sponsored by the Belmont County Tourism Board. The Conservancy received a grant from the organization earlier this year that helped fund the festivities.
“We would like to thank them for their support” she says.
The festival runs from 1 to 4 p.m., with early entry at noon for Captina Conservancy members.