Spring fun heading outside this weekend
Memorial Day may be the official kick-start to summer, but with temperatures already hitting the 80s, there's no reason not to get this outdoors party started now.
From Camden Park and outdoor movies to awesome adventures and events at lots of area state parks, everyone's rolling outside for fun.
Here's a look at just a few ways people are taking the party outside this weekend.
Turning again at the sign of the Happy Clown
Now with more than 30 rides and attractions including the new ride The Rattler that came mid-season last year, Camden Park kicks open the gates for the season on Saturday, May 4 and has a busy May planned with mid-week School Days (on Wednesdays and Thursdays) and general hours on the weekends. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5, May 11-12, May 18-19, 25-27 and 29-31.
Go online at www.camdenpark.com to check out special deals including the upcoming Mother's Day deal when moms get in for $1 with a regular admission purchase at the park.
Picking on the farm
Heritage Farm Museum and Village, 3300 Harvey Road, Huntington, comes alive during its 17th annual Spring Festival that runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 4.
For fans of the Heritage Farm episode of "American Pickers," you can sign up on Saturday to "pick" through some of the overstocked barns on the property. You can sign up for to pick through a building located across from the barn retreat center.
Spring Fest will also feature a new interactive bee exhibit, a new steamboat exhibit, as well as working craftsmen including a fiddle maker, a seamstress, a blacksmith and a glass blower demonstrating throughout the day. Concessions, a petting zoo and tractor rides also will be available. Admission is $8, $7 for seniors and $6 for children ages 2-12.
For more information, visit www.heritagefarmmuseum.com or call 304-522-1244.
Rolling the film 'Under the Stars'
Heritage Station chugs into the summer season with its first film in the Cinema Under the Stars series.
About 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 3, they'll be showing the classic film, "Casablanca," at the gazebo area. Admission is $1. Popcorn and concessions will be for sale and Heritage Station Shops, such as SIP Wine Bar and Bottle and Wedge will be staying open late.
Before the movie, Finds and Designs at Heritage Station is hosting a costume contest. Come to the "Casablanca," showing dressed in your best 1940s/WWII era or inspired fashion, stop by Finds and Designs before the movie to get your photo taken and to enter to win. Best dressed wins a $25 gift certificate to F&D as well as $25 to Sip Wine Bar. Prizes for runners-up as well.
For more information, go online at facebook.com/cinemaunderthestarswv.
Movies also head outdoors over in Ashland for Pictures in the Park. The Boyd County Public Library, 1740 Central Ave., Ashland, will be heading under the sea as they present "The Little Mermaid" at about 9 p.m. Friday, May 3 on a 12-foot screen next to their reading garden. The showing is free and the library provides popcorn and drinks. Bring your own chairs and blankets. If the weather is bad, the movie will be shown the following Friday. For a full movie schedule, visit www.thebookplace.org.
Zipping through Carter Caves
Located 45 minutes west of Huntington, Carter Caves State Resort Park is a quick trip to check out the latest outdoors craze of ziplining.
Come out Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5, and take a ride on the Smoky Bridge High Line Ride, a 200-foot-long, temporary zip that cruises by the park's largest natural arch, Smoky Bridge.
Tickets are $15 a person (one ride per ticket). There are a limited number of tickets and they are on sale at the front desk in the park lodge, or call 1-800-325-0059. Tickets provide a specified day and time for your ride. (There is a weight limit of 250 pounds; however, you must also fit in the harness per manufacturers' safety guidelines).
Rides will be offered from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 4 and from 10 a.m. to noon May 5.
Go online at www.parks.ky.gov and click onto Carter Caves for more info.
Head over to Lavalette from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4 as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers staff at Beech Fork Lake shows off the remodeled Visitor Center (solar powered) and learn about the operations of the dam.
Check out the updated displays of local wildlife (including an albino deer), a new second floor overlook of the lake, mascots Bobber the Water Safety Dog and Corey the Boat and get some free water safety prizes while they last.
Visit the website at www.lrh.usace.army.mil for more info.
Get some diversity going in your garden by attending the Cabell County Master Gardener's annual Perennial Exchange and Plant Sale that runs from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 4, at the Wild Ramp Market in Heritage Station, 11th Street and Veterans Memorial Boulevard. In case of rain, the event will move next door to the patio of the River and Rail Bakery.
For more information about the Master Gardener Association, call 304-743-7151 or go online to cabell.ext.wvu.edu.
Guest bagger at the Ramp from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday will be Chris Miller of Dutch Miller Auto Group, who'll be greeting customers and dishing out free lemonade as part of National Lemonade Day.
Casting for big 'cats'
Want to join some of the country's best catfish wranglers in action? Head up to Gallipolis on Saturday, May 4 as that section of the Ohio River (chock full of blue cats and flatheads) is the spring stop for the Cabela's King Kat Tournament Trail. This is the opportunity for local catfish anglers to compete for cash, prizes and a chance to advance to the Cabela's King Kat Classic.
The tourney runs from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Weigh-in is at 4 p.m. at the Gallipolis City Park Boat Ramp. To pre-register go online at www.kingkatusa.com or call 270-395-6774.
First Friday Art Walking
It's the First Friday of the month and that means the art party has rolled out onto the streets of Winchester Avenue for the First Friday Art Walk that runs 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 3.
The Upstairs Gallery, 1428 Winchester Ave., celebrates its 10th anniversary witha demo by Lisa Smith, live music by Brian Brown from Paintsville, and a book signing by Virginia Monti and Andrea Monti Riffe. At Thoroughbred Gallery, shee a show by Bill and Sally Salyers. Across the street at Pendleton Art Gallery, (1537-1539 Winchester) check out some cool music by professional percussionist, Scott Milem, as well as featured artworkfrom Fatima Azimova, Diane Smallwood, Linda Vaughn, the late Charles Moore, all of Studio 109-111.
As part of First Friday, Ashland Main Street will also be hosting a car show and live music on Winchester Avenue.
A helping of fun in Hurricane
Main Street in Hurricane gets the downtown parties started with a Spring Festival that runs 1 to 5 p.m. on Main Street with a traditional May Day Flagpole, vendors, jupiter jumps, games, festival concessions, music and a talent contest with a $500 first prize. For talent contest, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 304-562-5896.