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Parade kicks off C-K AutumnFest

Oct. 23, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

The C-K AutumnFest officially got started Tuesday evening with a pumpkin-filled parade in downtown Ceredo and Kenova.

Hundreds of children -- from little leaguers to Girl Scouts -- bundled up for the parade, which kicked off the annual festival centered on the world-famous Pumpkin House.

"The kids just really like it because it's a time of fellowship," said Lori Murray, who was in the parade with children from the youth programs at Westmoreland Baptist Church. "This is a time for us as a church to be together and do something fun for the kids. It's become a tradition."

Jill May also was walking the parade route with her troop of Girl Scouts from St. Paul Lutheran Church.

"The kids love to be in the parade and see all the different floats," she said. "Afterward, we're doing community service at the Pumpkin House and digging out pumpkins."

Many residents helped Kenova Mayor Ric Griffith carve pumpkins at his Beech Street home in preparation for its transformation into the Pumpkin House.

While the parade marched through the towns, Griffith was doing his part to get his home ready for the nearly 3,000 pumpkins it is known to display by Friday evening.

"I can never tell if we are ahead or behind," Griffith said. "It always seems to work out. It's the usual madness right now."

Griffith said anyone is welcome to visit his home to help scoop, clean and draw on pumpkins through the rest of the week.

Food vendors will be open at the house from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday.

Friday's festival schedule also includes crafts from 4-9 p.m. at the C-K Community Center; "Introduction to the Paranormal" at the Ramsdell House in Ceredo at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.; and Nightmare at Dreamland Haunted Trail from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Saturday's activities include a "Wonderful Scavenger Hunt" at C-K Little League Field Shelter at 10 a.m.; a bake-off at C-K Community Center at 10 a.m.; and craft displays at the community center from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Ceredo Plaza will host a variety of displays and kids' activities from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Non-profit and service organizations will be set up from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The festival will end with "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" at 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at the Pumpkin House and the Nightmare at Dreamland Haunted Trail from 8 p.m. to midnight.

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