On July 18, 2020 the Doddridge County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a festival in honor of one of Doddridge County’s most notable characters, Ephraim Bee. If your business or organization is interested in participating, here are a few ways in which you can be a part of the 3nd Annual Ephraim Bee Festival!
Jones-Imboden 5K Race: Ephraim Bee organized the Doddridge County militia during the Civil War. In 1863 Ephraim’s militia, along with other Union soldiers, protected the
railroad bridges in West Union from being destroyed by southern forces during the Jones-Imboden raid. The railroad bridge in West Union was saved by Captain John Carroll, who used flour barrels to trick the rebels into thinking they were cannons. Those railroad bridges still stand today and are part of the beautiful North Bend Rail Trail. Join us for a run on this historic trail.
Live Entertainment: Bands and times to be announced.
Free Entertainment for Kids: We will be hosting free bounce houses and games for kids of all ages.
Food Vendors: We are looking for vendors to provide food and drinks to the spectators and participants. Since the name of Ephraim Bee’s establishment was the Bee Hive, we would love to see food vendors provide some unique foods and treats made with honey. However, this is not a requirement to be a vendor.
Product Vendors: If you have a product that fits the look and feel of our event, come sell your wares at our one-of-a-kind festival. Artisans and crafters alike are welcome, especially vendors who make honey-based products, such as soaps and lotions.
Queen Bee & Teen Bee Beauty Pageant: We will be crowning the 2020 Queen Bee and Teen Bee on July 11 at the High School Auditorium.
Honey Tasting Contest: Calling all Beekeepers! We are looking for local and regional honey-makers to bring us your best honey for our second annual honey-tasting contest. Prizes to be announced soon.
Real Life Ministry Motorcycle Show: To be determined
Pulled Pork Contest: to be determined
Ugly Man Contest: Ephraim Bee was once voted the ugliest man in West Virginia. If you think you deserve such a title, step on stage and let us be the judge. The winner will be presented with a custom-made 'Ugliest Man' pocket knife.
We will be adding events to the schedule in the next few weeks, so please be sure to check back with us periodically. We can't wait to see you at the festival!