Whatever your interest, there's an upcoming festival to fit the bill
HUNTINGTON -- On these late summer mornings, the promise of fall whispers that it is on its way.
A few leaves wear their turncoat colors under a thick morning veil of fog and some mornings come as crisp and delicious as an orchard apple.
Here on these late summer weekends, festivals start rolling in and setting up like round bales of field hay.
Here's a look at the full harvest of late summer festivals headed our way.
Portsmouth River Days Festival
Running Thursday, Aug. 28 through Monday, Sept. 1 at Front Street and the Court Street Landing in Portsmouth, Ohio, Portsmouth River Days Festival has nightly entertainment, one of the largest queen's pageants in Ohio, and a grand parade. The parade is at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, and the pageant is at 9 p.m. Other highlights include the 10 p.m. Sunday fireworks.
In addition to the arts and crafts, children's activities, petting zoo, and a fireworks extravaganza rounds out the festivities.
Entertainment includes Shenandoah on Thursday; Meet the Return (Beatles tribute act) and City Heat on Friday, Eddie Money and Larry Pancake on Saturday and Doc Roc and The Remedies, Campbell Sisters and Josh Stewart on Sunday.
Go online at www.portsmouthriverdays.org for more info.
Aunt Jennie Wilson Music Festival
The Museum in the Park at Chief Logan State Park in Logan will present the 10th annual "Aunt Jennie Wilson Music Festival" on Saturday, Aug. 30 and Sunday, Aug. 31. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. It is located four miles north of Logan on W.Va. Route 10 in Chief Logan State Park.
The free Labor Day weekend concerts will feature the grandson of West Virginia folk legend "Aunt Jennie" Wilson, Roger Bryant, and other notable old-time musicians.
Go online at www.wvculture.org for more info.
Tribute To The River
Old Man River gets a nod over Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 29-30, during the Point Pleasant River Museum's Tribute to the River, at the confluence of the Kanawha and Ohio rivers in Point Pleasant, West Virginia.
Friday night kicks off with concessions at 7 p.m. and J.C. Hall and Out for a Buck at 8 p.m., then on Saturday, there's a full plate of activities including tours of a working towboat starting at 9 a.m. The River Museum opens at 10 a.m. At 11 a.m. there's corn hole and line throwing competition with cash prizes. There are also children's games, food, entertainment, and a sternwheel boat parade in the Ohio River.
Call 304-674-0144 and go online at http://www.pprivermuseum.com for more info.
Get Down in the Gorge
ACE Adventure Resort in Minden, West Virginia, perfects a cap on the summer with Get Down in the Gorge on Saturday, Aug. 30 with an all-day Beach Party featuring ziplines, waterslides and an inflatable floating bouncy heaven, followed by a concert with bands The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, The Wild Rumpus, Lawless Brown, Black King Coal and Groundhog Gravy.
Call 304-469-2651 or 304-574-7883 and go online at http://www.aceraft.com for more info.
Fraley Mountain Music Gathering
Celebrate the 45th anniversary of one of the region's oldest traditional music fests, the laid back annual Fraley Mountain Music Gatherin' from Wednesday through Sunday, Sept. 3-6.
The festival that began as a family reunion honors old-time music and eastern Kentucky traditions as well as the late master fiddler J.P. Fraley. Musicians will be jamming in parking lots and sharing music around the campfires of Carter Caves State Resort Park. Musical instruments such as dulcimer, fiddle and guitar are used to tell stories about life long ago in the eastern Kentucky foothills.
Paid admission is required for concerts and jam sessions Friday afternoon through Saturday night. Fees range from $4 to $10. A festival pass for all programs costs $25 per person. The Friends of Carter Caves will provide refreshments.
For more information, including a list of invited musicians, contact Coy Ainsley at 606-286-4411 x2543 or festival organizer Barb Kuhns at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the festival website at www.fraleyfestival.com.
LaborFest is set for 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 1 on the Central Park bandstand at Central Park in Ashland.
The one-day fest features live music from "American Idol" contestant Jesse Cline as well as The Strings of White Creek, Danny McGraw, Eddie Riffe and others.
Family fun includes a free ice cream social, corn hole, face painting, cotton candy and balloon art.
The 2014 Paper City Music Festival
Held at Camp Cattail in Chillicothe, Ohio, Paper City Music Festival take place Aug. 29-31 with an abundance of eclectic music by bands from around North America. The festival will host more than 25 artists over the course of three days, ranging from bluegrass, Americana, funk and soul to singer/songwriter, southern rock, salsa, alternative and rock and roll. Just some of the acts include: David Mayfield Parade, The Wheeler Brothers, Tim Easton, Silent Lions, The Ragbirds, El Caribefunk, Big Little Lions, Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands and many more.
To listen and find out more about each artist, visit www.papercitymusicfestival.com and click 2014 Festival Lineup. The 2014 Paper City Music Festival will be at Camp Cattail (322 Cattail Road, Chillicothe, OH 45601), weekend passes are 40 for all three days, including free camping and parking. Single day tickets will also be available starting at $20 a day. Prices will will be $60 for the weekend or $30 a day at the gate.
ChiliFest -- The WV State Chili Championship
Taking place on 3rd Avenue and Pullman Square in downtown, Huntington's 31st annual ChiliFest is moved up a couple weeks to Saturday, Sept. 6.
Sanctioned by the International Chili Society and presented by Chili Willi's and WSAZ, ChiliFest features chili booths in ICS competition (red, verde and salsa) as well as large community booths (like G Lover's, Cabell-Huntington Hospital, and Hillbilly Chili) for people's choice.
Join about 20,000 of your closest friends in enjoying a full day of festivities and fun including children's activities, fun races and contests (like the hot pepper eating, beer drinking and shot 'n' holler contests) as well as live music. This year's music acts include two Charleston-area acts. The award-winning blues rockers, Chaz Humley and The Effects and the regionally-traveling indie rockers, Qiet.
All the money goes to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Tri-State. ChiliFest has raised more than $550,000 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Tri-State.
Go online at http://www.chilifestwv.com/ for more info.
Country Roads Cook-Off
Some of the region's best chefs bring out the cast iron and many cook over open fires as Heritage Farm Museum & Village hosts its 3rd annual Country Roads Cook-off from 10 am. To 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6.
The competition will feature local foods and recipes that highlight Appalachian cooking and will feature two categories: stove, hotplate or crockpot cooking and wood-fire cooking. Contestants may choose to cook an appetizer, salad, dessert entrée or side, and the main ingredient should be regionally available.
The winner in each of these two categories, as chosen by a panel of judges, will receive $150 and there will also be a People's Choice Award of $75.
For more information on this year's cook-off, or to register, visit www.heritagefarmmuseum.com or contact Heritage Farm at 304- 522-1244.
First Cupcake Festival
The first Cupcake Festival is Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Valley Park Wave Pool in Hurricane with vendors and craft booths, a Cupcake Chase 5K, car and motorcycle show, an amateur cupcake competition, cupcake pageant and more.
Go online at www.facebook.com/HurricaneCupcakeFestival.
All of the proceeds from the fees for all of the events will benefit the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
Taking place Sept. 4-7 at Pipestem, W.Va., the 11th annual Culturefest celebration of the creative arts is set to roll with more than 25 acts including music, performance art including a lociraptor. Yes, a dinosaur. Workshops in drumming, yoga, reiki, superfoods, upcycled art, crafts, belly dance, hoops dance, live action role playing, and "Conversations at Culturefest" featuring We Are All Farmers Permaculture Institute and others will stir your creative juices.
Performances run an eclectic range of musical groups from around the States including Big Something and Songs of Water.
The vendor line-up features a French creperie, homestyle Mexican, Thai food and more. There's also a children's village with special art workshops, yoga classes, the popular kids' open mic stage and the most epic costume parade yet.
Go online at www.culturefestwv.com for more info.
Called the best little fest in Kentucky, Septemberfest in Louisa, Ky., runs Sept. 5-7 in downtown Louisa. A multi-faceted fest with daily carnival and games, fair food, live music, and a slew of activities including a 5 and 10K run, a trail ride and a bass tournament at nearby Yatesville Lake.
Main Stage entertainment includes Nashville star Josh Gracin and opener Shane Thomas on Saturday, Sept. 6.
There's also an 11 a.m. parade on Saturday as well.
Go online at http://septemberfestlouisa.com/Septemberfest/Welcome.html for a full schedule of events.
Ohio River Festival of Books
Running Monday, Sept. 15 through Saturday, Sept. 20, the biennial Ohio River Festival of Books builds toward a main event on Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena, but authors will also appear in schools, branch libraries and Woodlands Retirement Center during the preceding week. A reception will be Friday evening, Sept. 19, following a program by notable children's author Marc Brown, creator of "Arthur."
Featured authors will include Craig Johnson, S.G. Redling, Marc Harshman, Anna Smucker, and many others. Regional publishers and local signing authors will be on hand. The Cabell County Friends of the Library will have a book sale, and the program will conclude Saturday evening with author Christel Schmidt discussing Mary Pickford's film contributions, followed by ragtime pianist Ethan Uslan accompanying the silent Pickford film, "Sparrows." There will also be performers during the week at the branch libraries including Madcap Puppets doing an "Aladdin and Friends" show at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17 in the Memorial Student Center: Don Morris Room, Marshall University. Also performing will be Tim Bing doing a program called "Ireland: Words and Music" at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16 at the West Huntington Public Library.
Go online at http://www.ohioriverbooks.org/ for more info.
Poage Landing Days
Ashland's super-sized late summer fest, the 19th annual Poage Landing Days takes place in downtown Sept. 19-21 with everything from daily music to the Cone Fest, slalom skateboarding races, the Ed Haley Fiddle Fest, a bike show, arts and crafts vendors, and much more.
Headliner this year is country hitmaker Rodney Atkins at the fest which has been voted one of the "Top 25" downtown festivals in Kentucky by the Kentucky Main Street Program. There will also be an antique car show, beauty pageant, along with various other events to challenge you both athletically and artistically.
Go online at http://poagelandingdays.com/ for more info.
Fit Fest 2014, the 6th annual event takes place on Sunday, Sept. 14 at Ritter Park beginning at 1 p.m.
Fit Fest aims to create a healthier community, encourage healthy lifestyles and benefit the Paul Ambrose Trail for Health (PATH). Fit Fest is comprised of a 5K walk/run, 10K run, children's 25, 50 and 100 yard dashes, half mile and mile run and healthy vendors and exhibitors.
Registration is open. Volunteers and exhibitors are also needed. Sponsorship opportunities beginning at $150 are available. Go online at http://www.fitfest.org/ for more info.
Furnace Fall Fest
The Ohio Furnace Youth Group will have its 5th Annual Fall Festival and Gospel sing from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Ohio Furnace Baptist Church, 3132 Haverhill-Ohio Furnace Road, just west of Ironton.
Festivities will include vendors, games for the kids, concessions, face painting, inflatables, a silent auction, entertainment and more. Entertainment to include - Andy McGinnis Ministries, Terri Webb, Lori Royster, Kenny Kelley Ministries and many more.
All proceeds support the Ohio Furnace Baptist Church Youth Department. For more information or for vendor booth space please, call Kyle Stormes, assistant youth director at 740-479-1501 or email at email@example.com.
Timberline Frontier Weekend
Runs Friday and Saturday, Sept. 12-13 at Timberline Four Seasons Resort in Davis, W.Va., the Frontier Weekend features fun in the old-time cowboy way with an authentic cow camp circa 1835, a mountain trail horse ride, a live shoot-out on the mountain, and live music from Joe, Wyatt and The Saddletramps and much more.
Call 1-800-766-9464 or go online at www.timberlineresort.com for more info.
Halloween comes early as the 13th annual Mothman Festival takes over downtown Point Pleasant from Sept. 20-21 with a tours of the TNT area, nightly hayrides, guided bus tours by the Mothman Museum personnel, live music, and one of the main attractions, a full slate of regionally and nationally known experts on ghosts, UFOs, the paranormal, Bigfoot and other mysteries. The speakers will be at the State Museum, where the "White Zombie" film will be shown on Sept. 21.
There's also a Mothman 5K, a grand re-opening of the Mothman Museum, DJ Scott and a bunch of live bands including 40 Lb. Snapper, Bunkhammer, Sondergeist and many others.
Go online at http://mothmanfestival.com/ for more info.
The super-sized 22nd annual Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival runs Sept. 16-Sept. 20 at Poppy Mountain, just east of Morehead, Kentucky high on a hilltop overlooking U.S. 60.
A daily feast of the best of traditional bluegrassers and some country including: LRB, Melvin Goins and Windy Mountain, The SteelDrivers, The Time Jumpers featuring Dawn Sears, Vince Gill, Kenny Sears and Doug Green, John Anderson, Russell Moore and III Tyme Out, The Grascals, The Roys, Marty Raybon, The Hillbilly Gypsies and Rambling Rooks.
Pre-sale weekly is $120 before Sept. 1. Daily tickets are $20 Tuesday and Wednesday, $30 Thursday, $40 Friday and then $50 Saturday.
Huntington Greek Festival
On Sept. 26-28, come out to the Southside of Huntington, for Huntington's most popular neighborhood-based fest, the 32nd Annual Greek Festival, at the St. George Greek Orthodox Church.
Come out for a fun-filled weekend of homemade Greek dinners, gyros and pastries as well as live Greek music and dancing. Inside check out tours of the church and its icon paintings. The fest runs 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26-27 and then 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28.
Go online at http://www.stgeorgehwv.org/festival/ for more info.
Huntington Arts and Music Fest
Come out to Ritter Park Amphitheater on Saturday, Sept. 27 for an all-day-and-night buffet of cool regional indie music and art. More than two dozen regional acts provide continuous music topped off with such national headliners as Red Wanting Blue and David Mayfield Parade.
Also enjoy unique arts and crafts vendors, interactive children's arts and crafts area, and local food and drink vendors.
Go online at www.hmafestival.com for more info.
Snowshoe Mountain hosts its 2nd annual FreeFall Festival on Sept. 26-28 with national act headliners Michael Franti with Spearhead (Friday) and Slightly Stoopid (Saturday) performing both days at the Mountaintop Village. Also slated to perform is G. Love and Special Sauce. Additional opening acts will also play.
Along with the concerts, the FreeFall weekend event will bring downhill and cross-country mountain bike races, a mountaintop brew fest celebration with a vast assortment of the nation's finest craft beers and local barbecue, a Dock Dogs competition, a mountain bike movie premiere and a Saturday night fireworks. Guests can also participate in the Lifestyle Camp, which includes outdoor adventure activities and sporting events. A Sunday scavenger hunt called FreeforAll will offer season passes and ski trips as prizes.
Tickets are $25 prior to Sept. 15, and $35 if purchased after Sept. 15. Two-day Tickets are $40 before Sept. 15.
For concert ticket information, a complete schedule of FreeFall weekend events, or to make a Snowshoe lodging reservation, call 877-441-4386 or visit online at http://www.snowshoemtn.com/freefall.
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