Two Labor Day Weekend Events in the Hillsboro Area

As a sure sign that summer is blending into Autumn, Labor Day will be here before you know it. But there will be two unique and family friendly events in the Hillsboro area of Pocahontas County for you to enjoy this Labor Day Weekend.

On Friday. September 2nd, the very first “Star Party” will be held at the Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park Observation Tower from 7:30 pm to 11:00 pm. At 7:30 the initial night sky observations will be of the moon. As it gets darker, a multitude of stars will present themselves for observation. There will be at least 2 telescopes with amateur astronomers to explain to you what you are seeing, and also smaller tabletop telescopes for you to use.

In addition, there will be art activities for kids, and beautiful “Dark Sky” photographs to view. Red bulb lanterns will “light up” the area, since red light helps to preserve your night vision abilities without negatively washing out the brilliant night sky. There will also be red bulb flashlights available for the public to borrow.

You should access this “stellar” event by using the North Entrance to the Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park off of U.S. 219, which will be marked with a “Star Party” sign. Perhaps while you are there you might catch a glimpse out of the corner of your eye of one of the Civil War ghosts rumored to wander that park after dark.

While this is a great family fun and educational activity to start off your Labor Day Weekend, your Labor Day weekend fun doesn’t end there. “Art in the Park” will be held at the Watoga State Park Picnic Shelter Area on Saturday, September 3rd from 10:00 am. To 6:00 pm, and on Sunday, September 4th. from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. It will be two fun days of music, food, art vendors, art classes and more!

Great live music at Art in the Park will feature Jim Snyder performing at 11am Saturday followed by Acoustic Fusion at 1 pm.  On Sunday, Mud Hole Control will take the stage at 1 pm followed by the Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys at 3 pm.

Additional information can be found on the Watoga Art in the Park Facebook page,

So, celebrate your Labor Day Weekend at Art in the Park, with two fun days of music, food and art. And while you are there at the largest State Park in West Virginia, be sure to enjoy the hiking trails, beautiful scenery, and wildlife. Perhaps you may even see a West Virginia Black Bear.

So, whether you go stargazing on Friday night at Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park or are partaking of the arts at Watoga State Park on Saturday and Sunday, or both, Labor Day Weekend 2022 offers you free great family fun in Pocahontas County, West Virginia – Nature’s Mountain Playground.


Story By

Tim Walker

Tim is the WVMR News Reporter. Tim is a native of Maryland who started coming to Pocahontas County in the 1970’s as a caver. He bought land on Droop Mountain off Jacox Road in 1976 and built a small house there in the early 80’s. While still working in Maryland, Tim spent much time at his place which is located on the Friars Hole Cave Preserve. Retiring in 2011 as a Lieutenant with the Anne Arundel County Police Department in Maryland, Tim finally took the plunge and moved from Maryland to his real home on Droop Mountain. He began working as the Pocahontas County Reporter for Allegheny Mountain Radio in January of 2015.

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