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Oct. 02, 2013 @ 11:21 PM

Since 1985 West Virginia Pumpkin Park in Milton has celebrated the glory of autumn and the harvest with the West Virginia Pumpkin Festival, which has turned into one of the state’s largest fests.

Taking place Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 3-6, the Pumpkin Festival features the scholarship money-raising giant pumpkin auction at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, as well as a pumpkin cooking contests (from main dishes to desserts), pumpkin decorating for the kids and of course, the sales of all things pumpkin from pumpkin butter to pumpkin pies.

The fest also has one of the state’s largest arts and crafts tents, a mountain men encampment, and lots of old-time demonstrations like sorghum making.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6. Admission is $7 and free for children 5 and under. There’s also a group rate as well. Call 304-638-1633 with that info.

If you’re heading out to the 28th annual WV Pumpkin Fest, here are a few highlights.  The Milton Performing Arts Center will host Orange Blossom (at 5 and 7 p.m.) and Doug Anderson (at 6 and 8 p.m.) on Thursday.

On Friday, the  Center will host The Hit and Run Band (5 and 7 p.m.) and Silver Eagle (at 6 and 8 p.m.) on Saturday, it’s Michael Christopher (5 and 7) and the Stone Street Band at 6 and 8 p.m.

There’s also a full plate of activities daily at the amphitheater that will host the Gate City Gunslingers, Rivertown, karaoke, clown, magic and other shows.

Go online at www.wvpumpkinpark.com to see a full schedule.


The non-profit agency, Children’s Place, gets the weekend started in style come Thursday it is the recipient of a new fundraiser,  “More Than a Taste,” a Bordeaux wine tasting and educational seminar that runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct.  3 at Savannah’s Restaurant, 1208 6th Ave., Huntington. The seminar will be led by award-winning wine educator and master sommelier Robert Cavanaugh, who has hosted wine tours and seminars in more than a dozen countries.  Participants will taste through a selection of white and red Bordeaux wines accompanied by hors d’ouvres from Savannah’s Restaurant and receive informational packets regarding the French  Bordeaux wine region and its wines.

All proceeds from the seminar will benefit Children’s Place, a pre-school early learning center and day-care facility for underprivileged children located in Huntington. 

Tickets are $35 or $50 per couple available at Children’s Place, 625 Richmond St., Huntington, or by calling 304-525-8586.

As the days shorten and the nights thicken, the Huntington Paranormal Investigations and Research are offering a slew of hunts and walks.

One of the fall’s first ghost hunts will take place Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4-5  as folks will meet at the Guyandotte Library, 203 Richmond St., to go and explore for an hour and a half at a haunted location nearby. At this free hunt, folks will be taught basic beginner ghost hunting skills all while participating in an active ghost hunt. Must be age 12 or over, all children must be accompanied by an adult. You may bring a flashlight, camera, audio recorder and any ghost hunting equipment you may have.

For more info, go online at www.GuyandotteGhosts.com  or check out Facebook at www.Facebook.com/GuyandotteGhosts.


For great art and music, go ahead and to twist a line from Michelle Shocked, anchor down in Ashland.

Betsy Lane, Ky., native and Hollywood hillbilly deluxe, Dwight Yoakam, comes honky tonkin’ to the Paramount Arts Center at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 as the Kentucky Music Trail Concert Series continues. Call 606-324-3175 for tickets and more info.

Before the show, take your own art walk down Winchester as Second Look Saturday will be at a new time, 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Pendleton Art Center, 1537-1539 Winchester Avenue Ashland. That artist-stuffed Art Center will also be open 5 to 9 Friday as well.

Friday through Sunday, Oct. 4-6, come down by the riverside to Tu-Endie-Wei State Park in Point Pleasant for this living history event detailing the Battle of Point Pleasant and the 1700s-era lifestyles, and if you’re at the Battle Days in Point Pleasant, might as well double festival dip and head over to the WV State Farm Museum, 1458 Fairground Road, Point Pleasant, where they are hosting their Country Fall Festival on Oct. 5-6. Activities and attractions include: gas and steam engine show, CEOS Quilt Show, the Antique Bottle Show and more. Tour the 30-plus buildings on the grounds and see displays of vintage tractors, General (the third largest horse ever to have lived) and much more. Call 304-675-5737 or email wvsfm@wvfarmmuseum.org for additional information.

It’s Monday and it ain’t to get your mojo working. But over in Ironton, Ohio University Southern is helping everyone get in a better mood for the week as it is hosting Mo’ Mojo, a Louisiana-flavored northeast Ohio party rock band that will be playing at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7 in the Riffe Center Mains Rotunda.

Admission is free and open to the public to see the “Party Gras” band, which features Cajun accordion, fiddle, guitar, rubboard, sax, trumpet, harp, bass, percussion, and drums. Hear more of the band online at http://momojomusic.com .

Free and open to the public, the second annual Huntington Arts Summit is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena Conference Center. A meet-and-greet opens the summit with music provided by the Modock Rounders.

Attendees will be networking with other arts enthusiasts and presenters and finding out cool arts happenings in the area including Mitzi Sinnott’s “Snapshot” project; Cabell County Schools’ Incubator School and Expeditionary Learning; and David Seth Cyfers and Jill LaFear’s new shop, Ackenpucky. Other presentations include Don Van Horn, dean of the Marshall College of Arts and Media, discussing the new Marshall Visual Arts Center and Mayor Steve Williams giving a presentation on the importance of the arts to the city.

Legendary R&B singer and multiple Grammy Award-winning artist Natalie Cole swings into Huntington as part of the Marshall Artists Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 at the historic Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center.

Come out and hear Cole, who has been making a splash in multiple genres since her 1975 debut that won her two Grammys. Cole, whose 1991 duet album with her dad Nat King Cole won her six Grammys, has a new Spanish album out, “Natalie Cole En Espa–ol,” released June 25 on Verve/Universal.  Call Ticketmaster for more info on tickets or go online at www.marshall.edu/muartser .



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