Travel Notes: Sept. 29, 2013

By Staff reports
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Pumpkin Festival in MiltonMILTON -- The West Virginia Pumpkin Festival starts Thursday and continues through Oct. 6 in Pumpkin Park, MiltonStarted in 1985, the festival was designed to help farmers with the raising and selling of pumpkins.Festival activities include food, bake-offs, arts and crafts, a beauty pageant, live entertainment and big pumpkins. Call 304-638-1633 or 304-634-5857 or visit for additional information.Lewisburg antique showLEWISBURG -- More than 100 venders are expected at the State Fair's Giant Fall Flea Market and Antique Show Friday through Oct. 6 at the fair grounds.Indoor and outdoor vendors will be selling antiques, collectibles, crafts, new and used merchandise and fall produce. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 6. Admission is free.Free parking is available on the main fairgrounds and adjacent to the U.S. 219 south bridge entrance. Camping is also available with advance reservations. For more information and application forms, visit, or call the State Fair office at 304-645-1090 weekdays from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.Weston's haunted houseWESTON -- Beginning Oct. 1 and continuing to Nov. 2, the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum will present its Haunted House Wednesdays through Sundays.Visitors age 13 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Call 304-269-5070 or visit for pricing, schedules and additional information.Horseback riding at Babcock CLIFFTOP -- Montgomery Outdoor Adventures is providing horseback riding through Babcock State Park on fall weekends."Riding a horse on the trails is a different experience in the fall than in the summer, because the park's elevation means the leaves turn color earlier than other parts of the state," said park superintendent Clinton Cochran.
The guided trail rides at the park feature a unique creek crossing and views of rock formations, wooded pond settings, and frequent wildlife sightings.Riders must be age 8 and older. Rides last from 30 minutes to two hours. Fall hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Reservations are encouraged by calling Montgomery's at 304-860-7834.Salem Apple Butter FestSALEM -- The 29th annual Salem Apple Butter Festival runs Oct. 3 through Oct. 6 in Depot Park in Salem. All activities are free.Apple butter will be made in open copper kettles over slow burning wood fires, and canned on site for visitors to buy.
Other attractions include live entertainment, Saturday night fireworks, food and crafts. There will be a quilt show, 5K run, bicycle poker ride, pet show-off, talent show, car show, horseshoe pitching and corn hole tournaments.
For more information, call 304-782-3565 or visit Cook-offWEBSTER SRPINGS -- The Burgoo Cook-off will take place Oct. 12 in Webster Springs at the Baker's Island Recreation Area in City Park.Entrants in the Burgoo contest must have their entries at the site by 11 a.m.; judging will begin at noon. Cash prizes of $500, $200 and $100 will be awarded. An apple pie contest will also take place with cash prizes of $75, $50 and $25Activities begin at 10 a.m. with live bluegrass music, hayrides, pumpkin painting, cake walks, apple butter making, youth fishing and arts and crafts, plus much more.Webster Memorial Hospital will hold a health fair at the event, with several free health screenings.For more information, call 304-847-7291 or email Boys FestBECKLEY -- October Sky Rocket Boys Festival starts Thursday and lasts until Sunday in various venues in Beckley and New River Park.Festival goers will have the opportunity to meet four of the Rocket Boys, and to watch a rocket launch from New River Park's Launch Pad in Beckley.In addition, there'll be music by area performers, craft and food vendors, contests in tattoo design, song writing contest, paper airplane flight, essay and fire hydrant painting contest. Motor coach tours of Coalwood, a former coal mining community, will be offered and the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine will be open to festival visitors who want to travel underground to get a firsthand look at how coal was mined.Call 540-580-3908 or visit for more information.Southern Italian festivalBLUEFIELD -- The 19th annual Southern West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival is Saturday in the Bluefield Auditorium and Youth Center.The event celebrates Italian-American heritage with food vendors, craft vendors, live musical entertainment, bungee jumping, mechanical bull rides and more. For more information, call 304-589-3317 or go to festival in Point Pleasant POINT PLEASANT -- A Country Fall Festival will take place Oct. 5 and 6 at the West Virginia State Farm Museum, 1458 Fairground Road, Point Pleasant.The family-oriented event will feature a gas and steam engine show, working sawmill, quilt show, the antique bottle show, and the Gravely Swap Meet. There will be demonstrations of making sorghum, apple butter and apple cider, also for sale.Visitors may tour the more than 30 buildings on the grounds and see displays of vintage tractors and a military exhibit. An antique tractor pull is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, and a gospel sing at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 6. The Museum Country Store and Country Kitchen will be open.Call 304-675-5737 or email for additional information.
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