Top West Virginia Festivals in August: One Last Summer Road Trip

Top West Virginia FestivalsIf you’re looking for a great way to end the summer, check out one of the many West Virginia festivals in August. There is a lineup of activities throughout the state this time of year, including music shows, cultural events, and the best food around. Discover any one of these top West Virginia festivals by taking one last road trip this summer.

The Appalachian String Band Music Festival will be celebrated from August 2 to August 6 in Clifftop. This is the 28th annual celebration of regional music and culture, and it also features workshops, dancing, camping, and more. There will be an estimated 3,000 people in attendance this year, and musicians from previous years have represented over 20 different foreign countries and 48 states. For any music lover, the Appalachian String Band Music Festival is a must.

According to West Virginia Festivals, the Rails & Ales Craft Beer Festival will also be this summer, taking place August 12 from 12 pm to 10 pm. Located at the David Harris Riverfront Park in Huntington, WV, this festival is the 5th annual celebration for beer lovers. Craft beers have taken off in recent years, making this one of the fastest growing festivals in the area. Just make sure to get a designated driver if you plan on drinking.

Finally, the Appalachian Festival in Beckley takes place from August 25 to August 27. You can learn about the history and culture of coal country, see artisans, and eat some great food. Home to the Beckley Exhibition Coal Museum, Beckley also offers tons of other things to do for anyone looking to turn the festival weekend into a mini-vacation.

These are just some of the many festivals in August we here at Lewis Nissan are excited about, though there are several more we didn’t list and some great attractions too. We can’t wait to visit some of these great summer events.

Summer Driving Tips!

After Memorial Day weekend, the family vacations start taking place and that means more drivers on the road. Here are some good tips to make sure you and your passengers are safe on all your adventures this summer!

Always have a designated driver for safe fun

According to the NHTSA, almost 11,000 people die in drunk-driving crashes every year. That is roughly one about every 50 minutes. If your plans for the day include drinking or being somewhere where alcohol is being served, make sure you and your friends have a designated driver – someone who will avoid alcohol to remain able to drive safely.

Sometimes it can be hard to find a designated driver for the evening. If that’s the case, you and your friends can always hire a taxi to travel safely from one stop to the next.

Navigate Severe Storms Safely

Driving in severe or inclement weather is not fun for anyone. Whether it is a storm that’s been on the radar for hours or a pesky pop-up, you’re bound to run into one on your summer drive. If you can’t stay where you are and you have to drive, make sure you stay tuned in to your radio so you are able to monitor its whereabouts and the progress of the storm. When it’s raining make sure you use your headlights, slow down, and keep extra distance between you and the car in front of you.

Remember to never drive when you’re tired and watch out for motorcycles, bicyclists and pedestrians on the road!