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Travel Notes: Oct. 13, 2013

By Staff reports
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Fall colors are brilliant at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park in October.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Harvest HullabalooROCK CAVE -- Visitors to Harvest Hullabaloo Saturday at Fish Hawk in Rock Cave can celebrate the fall harvest and enjoy food prepared by Chef Dale Hawkins.Activities include a pumpkin sling shot, mid-air apple bobbing, apple cider pressing demonstrations, Harvest Feast, Green Acres haunted walk and corn maze, S 'mores by the fire and more.Admission is $30 for adults and $15 for ages 10 and under. Tickets must be purchased in advance and quantity is limited. To purchase tickets online, visit or email or call 304-924-9880. Hours are 4 to 8 p.m.Fall foliage at Cass Scenic RailroadCASS -- Superintendent of Cass Scenic Railroad Scott Fortney reports that the fall foliage "is ablaze in an unbelievable color explosion."The train trips to view the fall foliage schedule runs through Oct. 27. The Whittaker Station trip is a two and a half hour train ride that departs daily at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. through Oct. 23. On Oct. 24-27, two daily Whittaker trips are scheduled at 1 and 3 p.m. The Last Run Restaurant offers picnic packs to purchase for the train trip or passengers can buy food at the eatery in the Cass Company Store.The Bald Knob trip is a four-to four and a half-hour trip to the summit, the second highest natural occurring elevation in West Virginia.A Halloween train departs at 6 p.m. Oct. 26. Reservations are required and passengers are encouraged to wear costumes for the excursion. Fortney reminds visitors to bring outerwear as the temperatures are cooler in the higher elevations of Pocahontas County.The rail season at Cass concludes Oct. 27. Call 304-456-4300 for or train tickets.Blue and Gray Days in St. MarysSt. MARYS-Blue and Gray Days starts at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 and continues through Oct. 30 downtown and at the St. Marys Marina.The event will opens a night firing of cannons, and a portrayal of Stonewall Jackson at the Belmont VFD Training Center. On Friday, a Living History event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the marina and will include a Robert E. Lee impersonator, surgeon's tent, and other aspects of the Civil War.On Saturday, visitors can tour Union and Confederate camps, take tea from noon to 1:30 p.m., watch troops battle on Main Street from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., and attend a ball/square dance fat 8 p.m. The camp re-opens at 9 a.m. Oct. 20. The Battle by the River starts at 1:30 p.m. at the marina. All events are free. For more information, call the WVU Extension office at 304-684-2448 or Claude Marra at 304-299-9462.
Bridge Day Festival FAYETTEVILLE -- The 34th New River Gorge Bridge Day Festival is Friday and Saturday at New River Gorge Bridge, Lansing and throughout FayettevilleThe annual event attracts BASE jumpers, rappelling and highlining enthusiasts, vendors, and thousands of onlookers. The 876-foot-high bridge serves as the launch point for six hours (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) of safe, legal BASE jumps.Additional activities and attractions include the Taste of Bridge Day Friday at Smokey on the Gorge, and the Chili and Cornbread Cook-off Saturday in Fayetteville, which includes live music, a farmer's market and a car show.For more information and complete schedule, visit or call 304-465-5617.Hinton Railroad Days Festival
HINTON -- Railroad Days Festival will be celebrated here on Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27.This two-weekend event is held in conjunction with the New River Train Fall Foliage Excursions. Visitors may visit the Railroad Museum with a selection of antiques and railroad memorabilia, view model train displays and model train vendors, the John Henry exhibits and the Dodd farm display or take a carriage ride through Hinton Historic District.The streets will be filled with vendors selling crafts ranging from rings made from coins to quilts. Live music will be played in the town square. Food vendors will offer a variety of food including barbecues, kielbasa sandwiches, gyros, kettle corn, crab cake sandwiches, and funnel cakes.The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. For more information, call 304-466-6100 or visit http://www.hintonwva.railroaddays.html.Festival in UnionSALT SULPHUR SPRINGS -- New Language Art will host its second wine, beer, food and art festival from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Old Sulphur Springs Resort, Union.The festival is a benefit for artists in Monroe, Greenbrier, Summers and Mercer counties and in Giles County, Va.Throughout the day, Watts Roost Vineyard, Lewisburg, VU JA DE, Spencer, and American Brewing, Meadow Bluff, will provide tastings and sale of beer and wine. Local eateries will offer food for sale. Music will be provided by The Carpenter Ants, Doc Greenberg's Patient Jazz Band, Little Sparrow and Option 22.Salt Sulphur Springs Historic District is a national historic district located at Salt Sulphur Springs in Monroe County.Quilters' getaway weekendCAIRO -- A quilters getaway weekend is planned for Oct. 24-27 at North Bend State Park in Ritchie County.Expert instruction and quilting classes will be featured in "Delectable Mountains," a pattern class and "Fabulous Flowers," a class about adding flowers to your projects. Registration is required for this event and lodge rooms are recommended. Call 304-643-2931 for fees and lodging availability.C-K AutumnFest Inc.CEREDO -- The Ceredo-Kenova Autumn Festival takes place Oct 25-26 in the two Wayne County communites.The centerpiece of the festival is the Pumpkin House, which has become one of the favorite tourist attractions of West Virginia. Viewing the Pumpkin House begins on Oct. 25 and runs through Halloween.Additional activities include crafts, food vendors, a haunted trail, old-fashioned bake-off, scavenger hunt, cruise-in, inflatables, petting zoo, face painting, crafts and fresh baked pumpkin bread. Visit or call 304-453-5420 for the entire list of activities.W.Va. Turkey FestivalMATHIAS -- The West Virginia Turkey Festival will be held Oct. 25-26 in Mathias.The event, which has promoted the state turkey industry since 1955, features a turkey and ham dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 25, and on Oct.26, a shooting match, arts and crafts, car show and food vendors.Hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 25 and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 26. For more information, email or call 304-897-5532.
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