Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

October 20, 2013

Peak pumpkin season


The Independent

CEREDO — The pumpkins are back.

The Pumpkin House and the accompanying C-K AutumnFest will return Friday and Saturday with a variety of events.

The Pumpkin House was the brain child of Ric Griffith, mayor of Kenova and owner of Griffith and Feil Pharmacy in Kenova. He and his family began carving pumpkins to decorate his three-story Victorian home. Pumpkin begat pumpkin and soon the house drew national media attention.

Now, he and other festival workers recruit volunteers to carve the more than 3,000 pumpkins that adorn the house and surrounding area.

Griffith and his family live in a house built in 1881 by Joseph S. Miller, a West Virginia statesman who served as state auditor and was appointed to a Cabinet position twice by President Grover Cleveland.

The festival, which grew from interest in the house, has boosted the economy in Ceredo and Kenova. Restaurants have reported as much as a 15 percent increase in business during the festival.

Activities that are standard parts of the festival include Nightmare at Dreamland, a haunted trail at Dreamland Pool, a parade and pumpkin-lighting ceremony at Kenova McDonald’s, an arts and crafts show, live music and other activities.

A bakeoff is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday at the C-K Community Center. Categories will include pies, cakes and cupcakes, cookies, quick breads and muffins and others. Prizes will be awarded to the top three entries in each category and ribbons will be awarded to the top five entries in each category. There is no entry fee and preregistration is not required, but organizers ask that those planning to participate call (304) 360-1381 to be entered in a prize drawing.

The festival committee also has a cookbook for sale for $12 each or two for $20. To purchase a cookbook, email ckautumnfest@aol.com or call (304) 360-1381.

Vendors will be set up at the Pumpkin House as long as it is in operation.

Schedule of events

Friday

4 to 9 p.m. — Craft show, C-K Community Center.

5 to 10 p.m. — Vendors at the Pumpkin House.

6 to 8:30 p.m. — Ramsdell House’s Introduction to the Paranormal.

8 p.m. to midnight —Nightmare at Dreamland haunted trail.

Saturday

10 a.m. — Wonder-ful Scavenger Hunt, C-K Little League Field shelter.

10 a.m. — Bakeoff¸ C-K Community Center.

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Business booths, Ceredo Plaza.

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. — Craft show, C-K Community Center.

Noon to 2 p.m. — First responders equipment display, Ceredo Plaza.

Noon to 5 p.m. — Cruise in, Ceredo Plaza. Registration, which is $5, begins at 9 a.m.

Noon to 5 p.m. — Children’s activities, Ceredo Plaza.

Noon to 10 p.m. — Vendors, Pumpkin House.

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Nonprofit and service organizations, Ceredo Plaza.

7:30, 8 and 8:30 p.m. — Reading of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” Pumpkin House.

8 p.m. to midnight — Nighmare at Dreamland Haunted Trail, Dreamland Pool; admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children.

For more information, visit ckautumnfest.com.

LEE WARD can be reached at lward@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2661.