The 65th annual Mountaineer Week at West Virginia University hosts activities that show off the spirit of West Virginia. There are performances, children's activities and arts and crafts vendors. The event was voted one of the Top 20 in the South East by South East Tourism.
Shano Kelly is a WVU alum and a West Virginia native who has been a vendor at Mountaineer Week for more than thirty years.
"It's been a profitable experience and it's a unique way to keep a connection with the community that I lived in for so many years. It's funny how you can show up one time a year and it's enough of a tender love connection to still know people and still have them know you," Kelly said.
The arts and crafts vendors are from all over the surrounding area, but this part of Mountaineer week is only a small portion of the event. Mountaineer Week has numerous fun activities including Family Fun Day here in the Mountainlair on Saturday until 8 p.m. All the activities are centered around the rich culture of West Virginia.
Kids could get their faces painted, help make their own bracelet, or even enjoy some karaoke. The main point of the event is to get people excited about West Virginia's background.
"I just hope people really have fun at the events and start to appreciate the beauty of the culture that we have here. So they're really proud to be from West Virginia, it doesn't matter where you come from if you come to this school you're part of a family and it's good to know your family's history," said Christine Schussler, the Co-Chair person of the event.
"West Virginia has it's own heritage for sure, everybody knows that... So it's nice I can still fit into it," said Kelly.
The events name is "Year of the Mountaineer." Throughout the week former mascots will be around to take pictures and sign autographs along with plenty other activities.