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Take a trip to see some early colors of fall

Sep. 26, 2013 @ 07:19 AM

Just outside the newspaper windows, the little mountain maples are already starting to wear their coat of many colors, well, at least ones of shades of red and green. That means high over in the mountains of West Virginia, autumn, which just started officially on Sunday, fall foliage is starting to get on like Donkey Kong.

Thus, my roadtrip pick this weekend is to saddle up the horses and ride east through the heart of West Virginia over to the mountains where there’s big time festival fun to be had and color­popping hills a plenty. First off, the one and only Roadkill Cook Off in Marlinton, W.Va., (which is about 27 miles from Snowshoe) goes off on Saturday, Sept. 28.

It’s a must eat and see festy experience, and don’t just believe me. Roadkill Cookoff has been called “the real deal,” by Andrew Zimmern from the hit cable TV show, “Bizarre Foods” and has been seen on Food Network and the Travel Channel. The famous wild game cookoff starts at 11 a.m. The judging begins at 1 p.m. And the tasting beings when you’re ready to sample. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three teams chosen by celebrity judges. For more information and a full event schedule visit http://pccocwv.com/~pccocwv/ roadkillschedule.html. If that’s not enough good times for you, move it on over to Snowshoe Mountain where they are hosting the 2013 FreeFall Festival that features a free 7 p.m. Saturday concert with Rusted Root, a cross-country mountain bike race, a mountain­top brew fest celebration (from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday), a ski movie premiere and a Saturday night fireworks display above the resort’s village. The fest, which also features such quirky things as a tall bike jousting contest on

The fest, which also features such quirky things as a tall bike jousting contest on Saturday, kicks off at 5 p.m.

Friday with free live music in The Village. Snowshoe will also be having unbeatable pass sales all weekend long for 2014 Bike Park Season Passes and 2013-2014 Winter Pass Products.

You can find information on this event and the pass sales online at www.snowshoemtn.com/freefall. For a complete schedule of events, summer activity information or to make a Snowshoe lodging reservation, call 877-441-4386 or visit online at www.snowshoemtn.com.

Dave Lavender is the author of "Dave Trippin: A Daytripper's Guide to the Appalachian Galaxy of Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia."

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