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Annual Autumn Fest Brings in Big Crowds

By Rick Loy - Staff Writer | Oct 13, 2021

Plenty of pumpkins and produce

The 2021 Wetzel County Autumn Fest kicked off their 28th annual event at the 4-H Campgrounds on October 8, 2021 and ran through Sunday October 10th. The festival was free to the public, with free parking, entertainment, crafts, vendors, and lots of things for people of all ages to enjoy.

Chairperson Billie Zimmerman said, “we wanted to make it bigger and better this year and I believe we accomplished that with the huge attendance. We offered many venders, entertainment, and events for all ages to enjoy. I want to personally thank Wetzel County Commission and the many generous sponsors so we could enjoy the wonderful event.”

The Paden City High School Marching Band under the Director Debra Price played the National Anthem with American Legion Post 28 raising the flag to kickoff the opening ceremonies at 11 a.m. on Friday October 8th. Following by a large cake for everyone to enjoy.

The daily attractions consisted of many crafters, food and merchandise vendors, produce, concessions, petting zoo, United States Marine Corps, US Sharp-shooter display, apple butter making, kid’s games, soil trailer-Division of Agriculture, children, toddler, Miss & Mister, Prince and Princess pageants, and daily drawings.

Local bands, The Remedy Band and Shortline Junction Band, plus a few more bands provided good music for the big crowds to enjoy.

There were ATV races, car/truck show, inflatables for the kids, motocross races, train rides, and the West Virginia University Mascot made an appearance.

Everyone you talked to were enjoying the good time at this years Autumn Fest and it was a huge success bringing revenue to our county. Plans are already in the works for next years event.