2018 WVIRBA Tour Events


March 17, 18 Irish Spring Festival, Ireland, WV

West Virginia’s Irish road bowling “homeplace,” the origin and heart of WV Irish road bowling. Site of 2009 national finals. Wildcat Road to Duffy Bridge, at 2.2 miles our longest course. All events family friendly. Don’t miss Saturday parade, harp concert, duck race.
Saturday 2:30 p.m.
Sunday 1:30 p.m.
Road Master Denton King (304) 452-8962.

April 21, 22 Pipestem Resort State Park, Pipestem, WV

www.pipestemresort.com, pipestemsp@wv.gov, (304) 466-1800, Kim Hawkins
A magnificent view into the Bluestone River Gorge, Appalachian Spring colors in southern West Virginia, and one of the state’s very best road bowling roads, combine for an unforgettable weekend. Pipestem Resort call Kim Hawkins 304 466 1800, www.pipestemresort.com. Ask for Irish Road Bowlers discount. For WVIRBA Kevin Smith 304-228-7928. Also 2011 Women’s State Champion Samantha Mann, 2014 North American Region Novice 1 Finalist Rich Meece.Women’s Singles Qualifier, Men’s Singles Qualifier, Team Bowling and Fun Bowling.
April 21 Team Registration begins at Noon, team bowling starts at 1:30 p.m.
April 22 Fun Bowl (no registration) bowling begins at 11:00 a.m.
April 22 Men’s and Women’s singles qualifiers. Registration starts at Noon. Qualifiers start at 1:00 p.m.
A second qualifier will be held at the Strawberry Festival near Buckhannon, May 20, 21. Top men and top women scorers from each qualifier – Pipestem and Strawberry – advance to the West Virginia IRBA Men’s and Women’s Singles State Championship, June 23, 24, at Blackwater Falls State Park, Davis, WV.
Saturday, April 21
12 noon Registration for Team Bowling.
1:30 p.m. Team Bowling starts at Park Gate House.
Sunday, April 22
11a.m. Team Fun Bowl meet at Park Gate House.
12 Noon Registration at Campground.
1p.m. Women’s and Men’s Qualifiers meet at Campground.
Road Master: Kevin Smith (304) 228-7928
Don’t forget – Qualifiers for the 2018 WV State Championship are April 21, 22 at Pipestem Resort State Park and May 19, 20 at the Strawberry Festival, Buckhannon. Novice I, II, III, IV. Beginners are welcome. Novice IV is for beginners.

May 5 Cooper’s Rock State Forest, Morgantown, WV

Bowling begins at 1:00 p.m.
Located near Cheat Lake, Lakeview Golf Resort and with an overlook into Cheat River Gorge, this 12,713 acre forest with cliffs and 11 rustic picnic shelters is ideal for Irish Road Bowling.
See www.coopersrockstateforest.com.
Contact Coopers Rock (304) 594-9024, for the WVIRBA

May 12 Kanawha State Forest, Charleston, WV

Saturday 1:30 pm. (Team Registration, 12:30 p.m.)
Located just seven miles south of Charleston, West Virginia, Kanawha State Forest is in close proximity to the heavily populated Kanawha Valley and is a recreational haven. The 9,300-acre forest is noted among naturalists for its diverse wildflower and bird populations. Rich cove forest sites provide nesting habitat for 19 species of wood warblers, a feature which draws birders from as far away as Canada. The forest offers some of West Virginia’s best special hikes in winter, spring and fall.
Kanawha State Forest | (304) 558-3500 | kanawhasf@wv.gov
Road Master Stephen Wallington (304) 638-3224.
Qualifiers for the 2018 WV State Championship:
April 21, 22 at Pipestem Resort State Park
May 19, 20 at the Strawberry Festival, Buckhannon.
Novice I, II, III, IV, beginners are welcome.
Novice IV is for beginners.

May 19, 20 Strawberry Festival, Buckhannon, WV

Turkey Run Road, two miles north of Buckhannon, site of the 2006 and the 2015 Irish Road Bowling North American Region Championship Finals, Bol~Chumann na hEireann. Winners advanced to the All Irelands, in Ireland (the country).
Saturday May 19
4:00 p.m. Team Bowling
Sunday May 20
1:00 p.m. Men’s and Women’s Singles Qualifier and Team Bowling
The second Men’s and Women’s Qualifier will be held at the Pipestem Resort State Park, April 21, 22. Top men and top women scorers from each qualifier, Pipestem and Strawberry Festival, advance to the West Virginia IRB Singles State Championship, June 23, 24, Blackwater Falls State Park, Davis, WV. Novice I, II, III, IV. Beginners are welcome. Novice IV is for beginners.

June 3 Jerod Putnam Memorial Road Bowling Tournament, Ireland, WV

Ireland, WV Community Building
• Food
• Silent Auction
• Duck Race
• Basketball Court
• Playground for Kids
• Men and Women Long Shot Competition
$10.00 per person. Saturday Noon registration.
Shannon Putnam (304) 613-6990
Beverly Putnam Home: (304) 452-8375, Cell: (304) 613-9738

June 16 Blackwater Falls State Park West Virginia Day Celebration, Davis, WV

www.blackwaterfalls.com, blackwaterfallssp@wv.gov
Saturday 1:30 p.m.
One of the closer events to Pittsburgh and Washington D.C., Blackwater Falls is WV’s best known landmark in a state famous for its scenery. The Washington Post described the Falls as “so perfectly set in its narrow canyon and so beautiful as to be almost surreal.” Rhododendron blossoms and a circle road.
Blackwater Falls State Park (304) 259-5216

June 17 Canaan Valley State Park, Davis, WV

Sunday 1:30 p.m.
In the highest-elevation valley east of the Mississippi, this open road with sweeping curves is an ideal contrast to the boulders and rhododendron thickets at nearby Blackwater Falls. Enjoy a two-day two-event road bowling weekend at Blackwater and Canaan.
Contact David Vance, 1 (800) 622-4121, Ext 2788

June 23, 24 West Virginia State Championship Singles Finals, Pendleton point, Blackwater Falls State Park, Davis, WV.

The top bowlers, men and women, from each of the two qualifiers, Pipestem Resort April 21 and 22, and Strawberry Festival May 19 and 20, meet at Blackwater Falls State Park, Davis, WV. Winners advance to the North American Region Finals, again at Blackwater Falls State Park, Davis, WV, August 3, 4, 5, 2018.
For information David Powell (202) 387-1680, Cell: (202) 905-1959
Saturday, June 23
Semifinals – Novice 1, Novice 2, Novice 3, Novice 4
Sunday, June 24
Finals – Novice 1, Novice 2, Novice 3, Novice 4

July 7 Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, Cass, WV

Saturday 1:00 p.m.
Set in Pocahontas County, source of seven rivers in the highest mountains in West Virginia, Cass Scenic Railroad operates a ride-on steam-powered logging train that climbs even higher above the town of Cass. Cass Scenic RR is a great mid-summer destination in cool mountains, and Old Cass Road is only a couple miles from the giant radio telescopes at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory at Greenbank, another can’t miss for visitors.
Contact information: Marshall Markley 304-456-4300 ext. 102
Sign Up for this event will be the day of the Event from 9:30 to Noon at the CSRR Visitor Center and at the start line on Old Cass Road.
The event will commence at 1:00 PM at Old Cass Road (County Rt. 7/1) and Route 66 intersection. Parking on opposite side of the road from entrance. Bowling from Deer Creek approximately 1.3 miles to Rt. 66/Old Cass Road entrance. (off Route 66, approximately 4 miles east of Cass Scenic Railroad).
Sign-Up, equipment (if you need it), and score cards will be available in the Visitor Center from 9:30 am to Noon the day of the event and at the start line. If renting equipment, a $5 deposit is required.

July 21 Morgan County Fair, Cacapon State Park, Berkeley Springs, WV

Saturday 11:00 a.m
“Gravity is your friend” on this mostly downhill roll through the woods with rocky cliffs alongside. This shaded 1.2 mile course will be cool in the hot summer time and great for beginners. Afterward, lake swim, tennis, golf, hiking trails, horseback rides.
Lodge reservations (304) 258-1022.
Road Master Mary Wolfe (304) 258-4958 or mwolfe4@frontier.com

August 3,4,5 Bol~Chumann na hEireann 2018 North American Region Finals, Blackwater Falls state Park, Davis, WV

Hosted by the West Virginia Irish Road Bowling Association
Best players in the USA in one on one competition! Everyone welcome to all events.
Friday afternoon – practice scores in the road.
Friday evening at the lodge – welcoming reception, buffet dinner, drawing of the scores for Saturday.
Saturday – Semi-finals
Sunday – Finals and awards ceremony.
The North American Region Finals: if you have not seen this amazing sport, this is your chance, easy walking with the throwers – Everyone Welcome!!

Winners at Blackwater Falls State Park advance to the All Ireland Finals to be held in the USA on Wampatuck State Park, Hingham, Massachusetts.
Blackwater Falls State Park, 304 259 5216, www.blackwaterfalls.com, for the WVIRBA David Powell (202) 387-1680, Cell: (202) 905-1959.

August 25 Barbour County Fair, historic Philippi, WV

Saturday 1:30 p.m.
First land battle of the Civil War, largest covered bridge in WV, Point Pleasant Road starts high on the ridge-top, great views, then a long downhill curve to the fairgrounds.

August 26 Doddridge County Fair, West Union, WV

Doddridge County Park – www.doddridgecountyfair.com
Sunday 1:30 p.m.
Bowl at the Doddridge County Park, family fun for young and old.
Road Master Eric Bee (304) 299-2104

September 9 Pack Horse Ford Cannonball Run, Shepherdstown, WV

Sunday 1:30 p.m.
Come join the fun of this annual competition for a weekend rich in history and plenty of entertainment all situated amidst the enchanting natural surroundings of Shepherdstown, WV. Throw cannonballs on historic Trough Road, where in 1862 Confederate and Union troops fought, as the Confederate army retreated from Antietam.
To be a part of history contact Road Master Mary Wolfe at (304) 258-4958, e-mail mwolfe4@frontier.com

September 15 Wheeling Hibernians Ohio Valley Championship, Wheeling, WV

Saturday 1:00 p.m.
The Wheeling Hibernians IRB Tournament benefits local charities and is the northern-most event on the WVIRBA Tour circuit. Centrally located in the Ohio River Valley, this tournament will be an easy drive from Pittsburgh or Columbus, Boggs Hill Road.
Craig O’Leary (304) 242-6196, oleary@redp.org
In September 2017, 839 bowlers made this WVIRBA event the largest Irish road bowling team tournament in the world. Entry fee includes a big barbeque afterwards, live music. Lets go for 1000!

September 29 Mountain State Forest Festival, Elkins, WV

Saturday 1:30 p.m
One of West Virginia’s oldest and biggest festivals. Beautiful views from scenic Georgetown Road.
For more than 15 years the WVIRBA has had a tradition that WVIRBA Irish road bowling events are free and open to the public, except for the Wheeling Hibernians charity benefit benefitting charities all over Wheeling. We do this so any family can bring children and not incur big costs to play a healthy game outdoors with their children on a WV country road. In 2017, the Forest Festival imposed a $10.00 fee per person on the match, and this should be considered in planning to play there. The Irish Spring Festival, where our no-fee tradition started, the Strawberry Festival, the Preston County Buckwheat Festival, the Barbour County Fair, the Doddridge County Fair, as well as 10 state parks or state forests, all charge no fee to play, with only a rental deposit on the bowl.
John Morgan (304) 704-5094, jmorgan@forestfestival.com

September 30, Preston County Buckwheat Festival, Kingwood, WV

Sunday 1:00 p.m.
The WVIRB Association “Northern Wing” sponsors a terrific tournament with the best prize anywhere, a Buckwheat Pancake Breakfast for the winners. Loft a corner on Pleasantdale and Greens Run Road, one of the best WVIRBA road courses in WV.
Road Master Mark Wilt Cell: (304) 698-6817

October 6 Holly River State Park Fall Challenge (& Pig Roast), Hacker Valley, WV

Saturday 1:30 p.m.
In a deep valley, one of the tour’s most beautiful roads, October colors, a trout stream, rhododendron thickets, a bridge to loft over, a massive stone pavilion for the medieval feast afterward.
For info, Holly River State Park (304) 493-6353, hollyriversp@wv.gov

October 27 Chief Logan State Park, Logan, WV

Saturday 11:30 a.m.
Irish road bowling was an old sport before the American Civil War, and Irish emigrant soldiers for both the North and South rolled small cannonballs down country roads between battles. Come and throw cannonballs with us in the morning, then join Civil War reenactors in the afternoon at Chief Logan’s all-day Civil War Days extravaganza.
The WVIRBA adds an ancient sport, Irish Road Bowling, to the rich sports tradition of Logan, West Virginia’s City of Champions. At 4,000-acre Chief Logan State Park with its outdoor amphitheater and wildlife center, you can loft a bowl beneath the statue of Logan, famous Chief of the Cuyoga -Mingos, or in the footsteps of Aracoma, legendary Princess of the Shawnees. Lodging at Chief Logan Lodge 304 855 6100. For info Terry Mullins 304 855 8591, tmullins@chiefloganreccenter.org, or Chief Logan State Park 304 792 7125.

November 3 Tygart Lake State Park, Grafton, WV

Saturday 1:30 p.m.
At Tygart Lake State Park, we discovered a beautiful road course through the woods along 10-mile long, 1750-acre Tygart Lake. Close to the start line, in Tygart Lodge, dine overlooking the lake.
For lodge reservations, (304) 265-6144
Road bowling contact: Jacob Jackson



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