POINT PLEASANT — The West Virginia State Farm Museum will welcome autumn with its annual Country Fall Festival this weekend, with a special kickoff event for Gravely tractor fans on Friday.
The Country Fall Festival, which takes place at the museum just north of Point Pleasant and across the road from the fairgrounds, is free to all. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday.
As for the kickoff event on Friday, in honor of the National Gravely Club of America’s 100th anniversary, there will be a “Historical Parade of Power” at 1 p.m. which will be a parade of Gravely’s around the grounds of the farm museum. Then, from 3:30-4:30 p.m., Friday, there will be tractor demonstrations and activities. All visitors are welcome to the Gravely events on Friday and the museum and its displays will be open until 5 p.m. On Saturday, the Gravely Club will also be offering a breakfast from 7-9 a.m., with registration for the Gravely show opening soon after and continuing until 5 p.m., there will be a group photo from 11 a.m. to noon, a Gravely Swap meet will be 1:30-5 p.m. There will be no Gravely demonstrations or events on Sunday.
On Saturday, the Country Fall Festival officially opens, with apple butter and sorghum making — apple butter, sorghum, apple cider and homemade vegetable soup will be available for sale while supplies last. The vegetable soup will be for sale in the Country Kitchen on Saturday only, though the kitchen is open Friday-Sunday. Also on Saturday, there will be an antique tractor pull at 1 p.m., a gas engine show, as well as the return of the popular antique bottle show – the bottle show is only on Saturday. Also, the “Harvest of Quilts” quilt show, sponsored by the Community Educational Outreach Service (CEOS), will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Each day, quilt viewers will cast ballots for their favorite quilts. Viewing of the quilts is open and free to the public. In addition, a drawing for a $10 door prize will take place each day.
Then, on Sunday, there will be a Sunday morning church service at 9 a.m. at the old log church. A gospel sing will be from 1:30-4 p.m. with performances by New Salvation, Sarah Absten, Fisherman’s Net Youth Choir and New Covenant. The gas engine show continues and the CEOS Quilt Show is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, voting of the quilts will end at 3 p.m. As previously reported, while the ballots are being counted, a reception for the quilters will be held in the dining room. Mason County Folk Festival Belle April Pyles, will give a brief presentation on “Celebrating our Heritage through Quilting.” Music will be provided by Jim Wamsley and Jessie Darnell, playing the mandolin and guitar. Refreshments will be served.
Throughout the entire festival, its many displays, including (but not limited to) a one-room school, log church, frontier home, blacksmith shop, newspaper office and the Christopher H. Bauer Memorial Museum with its various hunting trophies and wildlife displays, will be open for tours.
The farm museum closes its displays Nov. 15 for the season and will host its annual Christmas Light Show from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 9-18.
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