Fall festival season


POINT PLEASANT — The weather is supposed to feel like “fall” by the end of the week and with it comes a season of fall festivals planned for Mason County.

It’s never too early to mark the calendars for some the biggest events in the area, including the “monster” that is the Mothman Festival in Point Pleasant Sept. 16-17 in downtown Point Pleasant.

Last year’s festival saw an estimated 12,000 people attend on the Saturday of the festival and even more are expected this year with festival and city organizers making plans to accommodate them all – including expanded parking options. Once again, the City of Point Pleasant will be filling up Krodel Park with hundreds of cars, just to name one option. Admission remains free to the festival which will offer family-friendly activities, unique food and merchandise vendors, special guest speakers at the State Theater, tours of the TNT area and more surprises. Hours for the festival are typically 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., each day. More on the logistics of the festival in an upcoming edition.

October will bring two festival favorites which both celebrate the area’s past in two, unique ways. First up is the annual Battle Days celebration held Oct. 6 – 8, at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park. Each year, the festival commemorates the Battle of Point Pleasant and life in the 1770’s. On Friday, Oct. 6 there will be school tours, craft demonstrations and encampments at the park, then on Friday evening, a “History in the Round” presentation with historical re-enactors will present an outdoor drama. Saturday, Oct. 7, at 11 a.m. is the Battle Days Parade in downtown Point Pleasant with lineup at 10 a.m. at the former Central School, followed by a full day of events about life in the frontier days of the Ohio Valley at the park. Battle Days has free admission.

Oct. 7 – 8 is the Country Fall Festival at the West Virginia State Farm Museum which celebrates a simpler time where farming ruled the landscape and economy. Hours are typically from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the weekend of the festival which will feature a Antique Gas Engine Show, CEOS Quilt Show, Antique Bottle Show, and the Gravely Tractor Club of America Mow-In, entertainment, church service on Sunday and more. This event is free.

October will end with the Harvest Fest/Tales in the Tavern at Fort Randolph at Krodel Park, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Oct. 28. The fort will be open for tours.

More details on all these festivals and events will appear in upcoming editions.

Dates and times of all events, subject to change. For more information call the Mason County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau at 304-675-6788, email the CVB at tourism@masoncounty.org or go to www.masoncountytourism.org.

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This re-enactor brings Ann Bailey back to life at Battle Days set for Oct. 6-8.
http://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2017/08/web1_10.4-PPR-Students-4.jpgThis re-enactor brings Ann Bailey back to life at Battle Days set for Oct. 6-8.

By Beth Sergent

bsergent@aimmediamidwest.com

Beth Sergent is editor of Ohio Valley Publishing.