Spring fests and events featured this weekend
HUNTINGTON — If you’re in the Tri-State this weekend it shouldn’t be hard to find something to do as there are special events aplenty.
“All systems are go,” Mike Perry said.
Despite the rainy week, the forecast for Saturday, May 3, is looking good with 70 degrees and some sun for the 18th annual Spring Festival at Heritage Farm Museum and Village.
The event goes on from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the farm in Harveytown and will feature demonstrations of Appalachian ingenuity by potters, a blacksmith and glassblower, wood crafters, a saw mill and much more, along with food and wagon rides. Attractions for children include a petting zoo, face-painting and hands-on activities that show a glimpse into pioneer life. Museums filled with antiques of all sorts will be open as well.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children for the event, which kicks of the summer season at Heritage Farm.
“Everything is looking good. We’re excited,” said Perry, who founded the farm with his wife, Henriella.
The petting zoo will feature a new potbelly pig named Wilbur and two new lambs, Wes and Virginia, said Audy Perry, the Perrys’ son, who has been taking an increasing leadership role at the farm. They’ll join the typical bunnies, ducks, chick, goats and more.
Other new attractions include a new Visitors Center, which isn’t open yet but is impressive from the outside, with stones that are seven feet long, two feet tall, 18 inches deep and weigh over 3,000 pounds, similar to stones that early settlers would have taken from a quarry to use in their construction.
“This was the foundation of a house in Wayne County, right off the Big Sandy River,” Audy Perry said. “... The first floor (of the new Visitors Center) is those stones, and the second floor is logs, some 30 feet long. Imagine the ingenuity and hard work it took (for the early settlers). We used excavators and tractors.”
Log hewing and stone masonry demonstrations will go on out front on Saturday.
Also a new potters cabin will be featured this weekend, beside the farm’s wood-fired kiln. Craftsmen will be throwing pots to show people how it was done.
Saturday will be the seventh annual National Train Day. There will be a celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 3 at Heritage Station, 210 11th St.
The event is free and open to everyone.
Visitors will have the opportunity to walk through Amtrak railcars, privately-owned luxury train and freight cars and also will include family-friendly activities, food and entertainment.
The first Healthy Huntington Festival will take place Saturday, May 3 at Pullman Square.
The day-long event will include a 5K walk/run, the “Tour de PATH” community bicycle ride, fitness demonstrations, kids’ events and healthy vendors.
Several wellness organizations will also be there sharing information.
The Festival also serves as the end of the 90-Day Challenge - the three month program that offers small, weekly goals focused on improving diet and exercise.
Those wanting to participate in guided bike rides (4, 12 and 25 miles) should meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Pullman Square shelter. Rides will begin at 11 a.m.
Barboursville Civil War Days takes place today through Sunday at Barboursville Park. Battles will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday by Lake William. Other events include a special “Soldiers in Gray” program by Stan Clardy at 8 p.m. today, a ladies tea, Saturday night firing and camp dance and an 1860s church service on Sunday.
Check the event’s Facebook page for more information.
Take a hike
Meet at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Beech Fork Marina, 3930 Beech Fork Road, Lavalette for the Native Plant Society’s guided hike.
The event is free and will offer participats a chance to learn about native wildflowers and our natural areas.
At 6 p.m. Saturday the Greater Huntington Park and Recreation District’s Bryan Danford will lead a guided hike in Rotary Park. It will also feature discussions about various wildflowers and plants growing at the park.
Catch a flick
Outdoors movies begin this weekend with Cinema Under The Stars at Heritage Station and Pictures in the Park in Ashland.
Cinema Under the Stars at Heritage Station will show the Alfred Hitchcock classic “Rear Window,” at dusk today. Cost is $1.
The hit Disney movie “Frozen” will be shown at the Central Park Bandstand at 9 p.m. today. Story time, crafts and other activities will begin at 8 p.m. The event is free.
Camden Park, West Virginia’s only amusement park, will open this weekend. The Park is located on US 60 5 miles west of Huntington.
The gates will open at 11 a.m. Saturday. The park will be open 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in May. The full summer season will begin on Memorial Day. This weekend will also feature live music from folk artist Steve Free.
For prices and more information, go online at www.camdenpark.com or call 1-866-8CAMDEN.
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