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Autumn Festivals On Tap For Next Two Weekends

October 2, 2018
Wetzel Chronicle

Wetzel Countians will have plenty of opportunities to celebrate the fall season as seasonal festivals are scheduled for the next two weekends.

The Hundred 4th of July Committee is staying in the celebratory spirit this autumn as the committee will host an Octoberfest on Oct. 6, beginning at 9 a.m. at the town hall -- the former West Virginia State Police barracks parking lot. Proceeds from the event will benefit the July 2019 Hundred 4th of July Celebration.

The event will include crafts, vendors, bake sale, fall mums, pumpkins, flea market, games and cornhole tournament, along with demonstrations of apple butter and apple cider making. There will also be a wood carver and basket weaving, and fresh cornmeal will also be for sale. Currently, approximately 40 vendors have signed up for the festival. Food vendors will have smoked ribs and chickens, homemade soup and cider, and homemade chicken noodles and fresh made apple butter.

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Notably, the firemen will engage in a cornhole tournament at noon that day.

Local musical talent, Country Sounds, will perform at 10 a.m., and a car show is also slated to begin that time. Residents are encouraged to bring their families and lawn chairs and partake in a day of fall fun.


Wetzel County Autumn Fest

Plans are underway for the 26th Annual Wetzel County Autumn Fest, to be held Oct. 12-14. The event will kick-off with a flag raising ceremony at 10 a.m. Entertainment for the day will include Country Sounds, 2-4 p.m. at the stage area; Pickin' Daisies, 6-8 p.m. at the Mollohan Center; and Country Sounds, 8-10 p.m. at the Mollohan Center. A live radio remote by 99.5 will be held from 3-5 p.m. The Bubble Wagon will be on grounds all weekend, along with apple butter making by Pine Grove FFA and a plethora of crafters and vendors.

The festival opens bright and early on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 8 a.m. A health fair will take place at 10 a.m. with specialists available, including a dentist, optometrist, audiologist, two pharmacists, oncologist, and more. This event is brought to the festival by the Wetzel County Committee on Aging.

Ryan Ritchea will take the Autumn Fest stage area at 11 a.m., when a corn hole tournament will also be held. An auction will take place at the stage area at 1 p.m., and kids' truck or treat will take place at 4:30 p.m. Wagon rides will also be offered on Oct. 13, along with children's activities.

The Wetzel County Committee on Aging will hold a pie baking contest at 5 p.m., and a kids' power wheels race will take place at 5:30 p.m., followed by a demolition derby at 6 p.m.

Entertainment-wise, Larry Santee will perform at the Mollohan Center from 6-8 p.m., followed by Leftovers at 8-10 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 14 events include gospel music, featuring P.T. Dabbs from noon to 2 p.m. and the Peacemakers at 2 p.m. The festival opens at 10 a.m. on Sunday, and a kayak race will take place from 10 a.m. to noon. Registration cost for the race is $10, and participants must be 18 or older. Participants must also sign a waiver and supply their own life jackets and whistles. Cash prizes will be given to first, second, and third place winners.

Other Sunday activities include euchre & cinch. Also, a catfish tournament will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with pre-registration set for 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13. Cost is $15 per person or $30 per two-person team. Weigh-in at 4-H camp, and bait available at "Fulks Bait Shop." Sixty percent Pay Back.

New to the 26th Annual Autumn Fest is a Children's Pageant, to be held on Friday, Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. The pageant is open to girls ages 2-12, along with boys 3-6. Attire for the pageant is Sunday best.

Deadline for postmarked applications is Oct. 6, and hand delivery Oct. 8. To request an application, contact Kandi Midcap at 304-815-2313. The pageant will be held on the stage under the Gamble Shelter.


Shortline Lions Club Pumpkin Patch

The Shortline Lions Club will also hold autumn festivities Saturday, Oct. 13 at Reader Park. The club will be having a chicken roast with side dishes available, chili, and sausage sandwiches. Kids activities start at 10 a.m. with pumpkin decorating, petting zoo, train rides, and face painting.

There will be pumpkins, apples, and apple butter for sale. Crafters and vendors are welcome, with cost of $10 a table.



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