Autumnfest Begins Friday
Enjoy food and family fun this weekend at the 18th annual Wetzel County Autumnfest to be held Friday through Sunday at the Wetzel County 4-H grounds, located three miles east of New Martinsville on state Route 7. The heritage fair this year will include crafts and a treadle sewing machine at work, local artisans, food such as apple butter and apple cider, live musical performances, and much more.
All entries in the decorated pumpkins, scarecrows, and baked goods (sponsored by Red Star Yeast), must be registered by the fair’s official opening at 10 a.m. on Friday. Also on Friday there will be a quilt show and, at 1 p.m., a horseshoe pitching contest and tractor show. From 1-4 p.m. enjoy music by Pat Henderson and Donnie Forrester followed by dinner at 5 p.m. From 5:30-7 p.m. Hundred Miles from Nowhere will perform followed by Barbara Lynn and the Silver Eagle Band from 7:30-9 p.m.
Beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday will be the second annual Ohio Valley Senior Expo. Sponsored by New Martinsville Care and Rehabilitation Center, it will include free lunch at noon of pulled pork sandwich, baked potato, confetti corn, and cole slaw to attendees age 55 and older. Those under that age can also get a meal for $3. Door prizes will be given away at 2 p.m.
On Saturday the festival will get a head start with a cancer walk at 9:30 a.m. Other activities that day include a horse shoe pitch, tractor show, gas engine show, mud truck show, and lunch at 11 a.m. From 11-12:30 p.m. Hard Times will perform followed by Katie Orlofske from 12:30-2 p.m., the Price Family from 2-3:30 p.m., and Tom and Carol Wriston from 3:30-5 p.m. Children’s activities will also begin at 1 p.m. and a cornhole tournament at 2 p.m. Also, an auction will be held at 3:30 p.m. Following dinner Old School, a classic rock group, will perform from 6-7:30 p.m. and the SI Connection will perform from 8-10 p.m.
On Sunday there will be a lunch at noon followed by the old time bluegrass group the Coleman Family from 1-3 p.m. and karaoke from 3-5 p.m.
Registration fees are as follows: crafters, $25; vendors, $45; and flea market $15. Admission is free, as is parking. Camping is available. For more information call 304-775-2870 or 304-775-2252.