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ELKINS — In an effort to raise money for its organization and make Elkins more festive during the 2022 Mountain State Forest Festival, Randolph County 4-H will be painting festival leaves on the sidewalks of local businesses.

Sheets can be repainted if left over from a previous Forest Festival year or new sheets can be designed in front of businesses in the area. As they have done in the past, 4-H and Teen Leaders of Randolph County will paint the leaves as part of an annual fundraiser for the organization.

This will be the first time since 2019 that the organization has painted the leaves for those attending the Mountain State Forest Festival, as the past two festivals have been canceled due to COVID-19. Despite last year’s cancellation, the group was able to paint leaves at several locations in downtown Elkins.

The leaves can be painted in a variety of different fall colors and the cost for each is $20. Sheets will be painted after office hours no later than October 1st.

“We are thrilled to have the Mountain State Forest Festival back,” Hannah Fincham, extension worker and family and community development with WVU’s extension office, told The Inter-Mountain. “It’s time to spruce up the maple leaves on your sidewalk or have one painted for the first time to give Elkins a festive look.”

For more information, call Gladys at the WVU Extension Office at 304-636-2455. Businesses can choose to email an invoice or prepay. Checks can be made payable to Randolph County 4-H Leaders Association and mailed to WVU Extension Service, 32 Randolph Ave, Suite 102, Elkins, 26241.

The Mountain State Forest Festival, which is one of West Virginia’s oldest and largest festivals, will return on October 1. The festival will run throughout the first week of October and will end on October 9.

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