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West Virginia Chestnut Festival Held in Rowlesburg

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'Chestnuts roasting on an open fire' is a phrase you might be used to hearing later in the year. But at the sixth annual West Virginia Chestnut Festival in Rowlesburg, they were doing just that.

The festival brings everything chestnut related to one place for residents of Rowlesburg and even visitors from out of state. The festival even features furniture and decorations made from the Great American Chestnut Tree wood.

There is also Chestnuts for tasting and purchase. There was also honey and other foods made from the chestnuts.

Organizers said all of this is done to bring awareness to the Great American Chestnut Tree.

"We're trying to bring back the Great American Chestnut Tree. The demise began in 1904 when a blithe actually attacked out Chestnut trees from trees that were brought from Asia. They had a blithe and it attacked our trees and it killed them over a period of about fifty years. The blithe spread like a fungus, like a spore through the air."

This festival is the only one in the Appalachian region dedicated to chestnuts from Massachusetts to Georgia.

The American Chestnut Foundation has more information about the Great American Chestnut Tree. To learn more, visit the website.