The 2019 Fall VAR will be held Sept 27-29 at Friars Hole Cave Preserve in Lobelia, WV.
Preregistration is coming soon. Price should be around $40 for adults. Pre-registration will end September 15th.
We will be camping in a large, mowed cow pasture iright next to the cave. Plenty of porta-potties will be supplied. Smaller campers are welcome, but larger RVs might have a difficult time. There are no hookups. This is primitive camping. Bring your own food, water, and everything you need for the weekend. This is a BYOB event.
The nearest hotels are in Marlinton, WV and Lewisburg, WV.
THURSDAY AND FRIDAY:
We hope to be opening on Thursday for those who want to come for a long weekend. Stay tuned for confirmation. Cave on your own on Thursday and Friday.
Friars Hole is the largest cave in West Virginia, with almost 50 miles of passage, and there are two entrances immediately adjacent to the campground. There are many other great caves with a short distance, including Culverson Creek, the WVCC's Lobelia Saltpeter, Poorfarm, Borehole, and more. We are planning on kids trip somewhere, and we have had a special request for a geezers trip.
Don't want to get dirty? There are lots of other local above ground activities including Beartown State Park ("cave without a roof"), the Greenbrier River Trail, kayaking on the Greenbrier River, and the Greenbank National Radio Astronomy Observatory.
Saturday's dinner will be catered by Blue Roof Caterers and will feature pork and chicken BBQ, a vegetarian option, macaroni and cheese, baked beans, coleslaw, tea, lemonade, and desserts.
The evening's speaker has not been finalized yet, but will mostly likely be on the history and recent discoveries in the Friars Hole System. BYOB for the evening party and bonfire.
VAR Business Meeting under the big tarp near registration.