The C-K Autumnfest, with many activities scheduled next weekend, has already gotten under way as Ric Griffith’s Pumpkin House is ready for visitors.
The pumpkin house grew out of Griffith’s love for carving pumpkins to decorate his three-story Victorian home with his family.
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 1981 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 increasein 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, presentations about the paranormal at the Ramsdell House in Ceredo, scavenger hunts, a bake-off and live music.
Vendors will be set up at the Pumpkin House as long as its in operation.
Schedule of events
‰Oct. 26 and 27, 8 p.m. to midnight — Nightmare at Dreamland Haunted Trail.
‰Oct. 23, 6 p.m. — Parade. Giant pumpkin lighting ceremony at Kenova McDonald's immediately following parade.
‰Oct. 25, 5 to 10 p.m. — Food vendors at the Pumpkin House.
‰Oct. 26, 4 to 9 p.m. — Crafts in the C-K War Memorial/Community Center booth; 5 to 10 p.m. — Food vendors at the Pumpkin House; 6 to 8:30 p.m. — Ramsdell House in Ceredo "Introduction to the Paranormal."
‰Oct. 27, 9:30 a.m. — The "Wonder"ful Pumpkin Race (scavenger hunt with cash prizes) at the C-K Little League field shelter; 10:30 a.m. — Bake-off at the C-K War Memorial/Community Center;
‰noon to 2 p.m. — First responders equipment display at the Ceredo Plaza;
‰noon to 5 p.m. — Entertainment at the Ceredo Plaza;
‰noon to 5 p.m. — Cruise In at the Ceredo Plaza;
‰10 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Nonprofit and service organizations at Ceredo Plaza;
‰10 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Business booths at Ceredo Plaza;
‰10 a.m. to 9 p.m. — Crafts at the C-K War Memorial/Community Center;
‰noon to 10 p.m. — Food vendors at the Pumpkin House;
‰4 to 6 p.m. Pumpkin contest at the Kenova McDonald's;
‰4 to 6 p.m. — Ronald McDonald at the Kenova McDonald's;
‰7:30, 8 and 8:30 p.m. — “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" at the Pumpkin House.
For more information, visit ckautumnfest.com.
LEE WARD can be reached at email@example.com or (606) 326-2661.