CEREDO, W.Va. From four little pumpkins grew one of the most elaborate fall festivals in the area, and the event continues to grown.
The C-K AutumnFest was built around the famous Pumpkin House, a historic Victorian home owned by Kenova mayor Ric Griffith. He said the first time he, his wife and two daughters displayed jack-o-lanterns, they each carved one squash. Each year, they added more and more jack-o-lanterns to the display until the house attracted visitors from miles around at all hours.
The house has been featured on national and international news programs. Griffith decided to turn the Pumpkin House into an attraction that would bring business to the area.
This year, visitors will have the chance to carve a pumpkin themselves and have it displayed at the house. Cash prizes will be awarded to winners of the carving contest.
Events began earlier this month when the Haunted Trail at Dreamland opened. It will continue to operate from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday night. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children kindergarten through 12.
A new addition to the festival is the New Orleans-style funeral parade, scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday. The parade will be broadcast by Clear Channel and Kindred Communications. Cash prizes will be awarded for floats and costumes.
The arts and crafts show will be Friday and Saturday at the C-K Community Center.
A bakeoff is set for Saturday at the community center. Other events will include the Amazing Pumpkin Race, cruise-in, vendor display, first responder display and children’s activities, all at the Ceredo Plaza.
Registration for the cruise-in is $5; all children’s activities are ree.
There also will be a tractor show in the 1500 block of Chestnut Street in Kenova and paranormal discussions will be at the Z.D. Ramsdell House in Ceredo.
For more information, visit C-KAutumnFest.com or call (304) 360-1381.
LEE WARD can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (606) 326-2661.