An annual gathering takes place in Lewis County each fall to celebrate two of West Virginia's most popular outdoor activities. Each year, the state Division of Natural Resources teams up with the West Virginia Wildlife Federation to host the two-day West Virginia National Hunting and Fishing Days celebration. Thousands of outdoor enthusiasts descend on Stonewall Jackson Resort State Park for the event. The event has been a West Virginia tradition for almost fifty years,
"West Virginia's celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Days at Stonewall Resort State Park provides the state’s best opportunity to experience the newest advances in outdoor recreation," said the DNR’s Kayla Donathan."West Virginia has a strong hunting and fishing heritage, and the celebration gives us an opportunity to celebrate those traditions."
The celebration attracts people from all 55 counties in West Virginia, with some even visiting from out of state. Last year, the event saw attendees from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York and Virginia. On average, organizers say, the event brings in anywhere from between 6,000 and 11,000 people, depending on the weather.
One of the most popular events at the National Hunting and Fishing Days celebration is the Outdoor Youth Challenge. This challenge is both a youth expo and competition where young people are exposed to a multitude of activities and displays with real hands-on learning and instructional opportunities that will encourage them to gain knowledge and experience about wildlife, hunting, fishing and many other outdoor activities.
You can learn more about the Hunting and Fishing Days celebration at www.WVdnr.gov/NHFD.