West Virginia Three Rivers Festival

1694 Fairmont Avenue
Fairmont, WV 26554


About Us:

The first festival was called Septemberfest and lasted two days.  It was very well received, so the next year it was decided to give it another name, make it last longer and try to get corporate sponsorships.  Coal was king in Marion County those first festival years, and local coal companies were very generous with monetary contributions, the loan of actual coal-mining equipment and allowed employees to work at the festival explaining the equipment.  This goodwill was greatly appreciated, and the festival acquired a new name, "The Three Rivers Coal Festival."  Gradually, the decline in working coal mines took its toll, and community leaders suggested it was time to change the name of the festival.  The date was moved from the first weekend of May to the last weekend, hoping for warmer weather and the advent of river activities.  The name of the festival also changed to the "Three Rivers Festival and Regatta."

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