POINT PLEASANT — This Saturday, a weekend full of celebrating Appalachian roots and country heritage returns.
The annual County Fall Festival will be taking place Saturday Oct. 6 and Sunday Oct. 7 at the West Virginia State Farm Museum just north of Point Pleasant.
On Saturday, the Antique Bottle Show and Sale will take from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and an Antique Gas Engine Show and an Antique Tractor Pull will take place at 1 p.m. There will be musical entertainment, from 2-3:30 p.m. a bluegrass band will take the stage. Other performers are to be decided.
A church service will be held on Sunday at 9 a.m. with the Gospel Sing taking place at 1:30 p.m.
Throughout the entire weekend, the CEOS Quilt Show will be taking place and the Country Store and Country Kitchen will be open. The entire family will be able to have fun and participate in games. In addition, there will be molasses and apple butter making — both will be sold while supplies last. Homemade apple cider and vegetable soup cooked over an open flame will also be for sale. Also, there will be demonstrations and exhibits open to all. Vendors will be set up with their goods such as the Mason County Team Community Leaders (TCL) selling pumpkins, with proceeds going towards the completion of the 4-H dining hall.
Also, festival goers will see the Fall Festival royalty reigning over the grounds.
The 32nd annual Harvest of Quilts show, featured during the festival, is hosted by the Mason County Community Educational Outreach Service (CEOS) members. All quilters are invited to exhibit a quilt in four categories — Large Quilts (hand quilted), Large Quilts (machine quilted), Small Quilts (hand quilted), Small Quilts (machine quilted). There is another category which was added in the past two years for those who don’t have the time or desire to make a bed size quilt or wall hanging. The theme for this year’s exhibit is “vintage,” and for those who are not entering an entire quilt, they may enter a “vintage” style block.
Quilts will not be judged but the visitors to the show will be asked to vote on their favorite in all categories. There will be handmade ribbons given to first and second places and an Honorable Mention ribbon for third place.
The Antique Bottle Show and Sale, organized by local Charlie Perry, will feature milk bottles, stoneware, advertising, beer, soda machine, druggist, paper items, Coca Cola, Pepsi, small antiques, fruit jars. Free appraisals.
All weekend long, visitors can tour the grounds of the museum, taking in everything from a one-room schoolhouse to a blacksmith shop. The Christopher H. Bauer Memorial Museum, which opened in 2015 at the museum, features trophy and exotic animals, along with a display of unique firearms, knives and hunting tools.
Parking and admission into the festival is free, but donations are welcomed and appreciated.
Erin Perkins contributed to this article.