There's no better way to spend the cool and crisp days of autumn this weekend than by heading to the 20th annual Wetzel County Autumnfest. This event has something for everyone and is set for Oct. 11-14 at the Wetzel County 4-H grounds, just off Route 7 outside of New Martinsville.
The official opening ceremony on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. will initiate the weekend of fall festivities. Feast with the whole family while supporting a worthy cause by sitting down for a chicken dinner at 6 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door, with proceeds benefitting Deb's Gang of Hope. There will also be a 50/50 drawing and lots of door prizes.
Friday's events will start at 9 a.m. with the Ohio Valley Senior Expo, a huge health fair that includes free health screenings, give aways, door prizes, and demonstrations. Held in conjunction with New Martinsville Care & Rehabilitation, the event will be located inside the Mollohan Center at Wetzel County 4-H Grounds. If transportation is an issue for attendees, they may call the Wetzel County Senior Center at 304-455-3220. Also on Friday, all contest items will be due at 10 a.m. Money and ribbons will be awarded for decorated pumpkins, homemade scarecrows, carved pumpkins, gourd displays, and the best looking and best tasting apple pies. All pies go to Autumnfest.
Lunch will be held at noon that day. The menu includes a warm and tasty meal of lasagna, green beans, tossed salad, fruit parfait, and rolls. The lunch is free for those 55 and older, while others are welcome to purchase a meal for just $3.
Follow that up by listening to music courtesy of Pat Henderson and Donnie Forrester at 1 p.m. Friday's dinner will be soup beans and cornbread. Musical entertainment will kick-off with Barbara Lynn and the Silver Eagle Band at 6 p.m., followed by The Price Family at 7:30.
Pat Henderson and Donnie Forrester will start out Saturday's full day of entertainment at 11 a.m. Ronnie Stewart will perform at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, followed by Tom and Carol Wriston at 2 p.m. An auction with all new donated items will be held at 3:30 p.m, and Ron Hoskinson & Friends will perform after the auction at 4 p.m.
Other events for Saturday include a horse shoe pitch, tractor show, and gas engine show beginning at 11 a.m.; activities for children at 1 p.m.; and corn hole at 2 p.m., following the horseshoe pitch.
Stick around Saturday for a warm chili lunch at noon and a tasty chicken and noodle dinner at 5 p.m.
Saturday's entertainment line-up will wrap up with the Summer Shade Bluegrass Band at 6 p.m., following by SI Connection at 8 p.m.
Autumnfest concludes on Sunday with a spaghetti lunch, as well as euchre and cinch tournaments. Entertainment will be provided at 1 p.m. by the Ryan Ritchea Band.
Admission and parking are free for Autumnfest, and everyday will feature vendors, crafters, a flea market, as well as a daily 50/50 drawing. Camping is available on site for $15 per night.