Dave’s Drive-Through Weekend
Hi Dave Lavender here from The Herald-Dispatch, here’s my Dave’s Drive-Through Weekend picks for this weekend.
Go Big Orange
Join about 55,000 of your closest friends at Milton’s PumpkinPark for the 29th annual West Virginia Pumpkin Festival that runs Thursday through Sunday.
There’s daily live music, a mountain man encampment, and everything from helicopter rides to sorghum making, and of course, all things pumpkin.
The fest saves the best for last with the giant pumpkin auction at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5.
Go online at www.wvpumpkinpark.com for more info or call 304-634-5857
A Spooktacular Good Time
Halloween is less than a month away and CamdenPark is getting that fright night party started.
The Park’s annual Spooktacular kicks off Friday and runs 6 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in October, including: Oct. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18 and 24-26.
Ride the historic restored Haunted House, the Big Dipper in the dark, the Haunted Train ride, and of course, the park’s two dozen rides and attractions. Tickets are $14.99 for Fridays and are $19.99 for Saturdays.
Go online at www.camdenpark.com for more info.
Try DockDogs Event Saturday
Head over to the Tin Woof Inn in Ashland from 10 to 2 Saturday, as Kentucky DockDogs put on "Let's Try Dock Dogs," a free event to let folks and their pets try dock dogs, the red-hot sport featuring dogs competing in long jumps, high jumps and speed retrieving.
At the event watch demonstrations by veteran, traveling dock dog teams who compete around the eastern U.S.
Located in the Paul Coffey Industrial Park, off of U.S. 60 in Ashland, the Tin Woof Inn will host the sport that was first introduced to the world during the Incredible Dog Challenge, a Purina event in 1997, the sport of dock diving dogs now has three different organizations hosting tournaments, and dogs in both the U.S. and the U.K. went over the 29-foot mark in 2011, and the new record is more than 31 feet.
Got Beards, Will Gather
Blue Collar Beards, the Tri-State’s beard and mustache club meet up at 8 p.m. every first Thursday of the month at Black Sheep Burrito and Brews. BCB, which celebrated its one-year anniversary in September, is a charity-minded social club that is free and open to the public, folks with mustaches or beards or for facial hair fans.
The group was started in September 2013 by ceramic artist Jason Kiley, since then Blue Collar Beard members have entered and won beard contests in surrounding states and have contributed to many charitable ventures including raising money for the HuntingtonSkatePark.
Stick around after the meeting because at 9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 2, there is free live music from West Virginia string bands BRATCAMB, a funky banjo-and-horns-fueled old-time string band that boils up everything from old jazz and blues to acoustic funk.
You can stay up to date on the club’s events on its Facebook page as well as on Twitter @BlueCollarBeard.
Get Uncorked On Saturday!
One of the premier wine events in the region is the annual Uncorked! Wine Festival, a fundraiser for the Marshall Artists Series that runs 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 in the heart of downtown at the 21 @ The Frederick.
For the past nine years, the MAS has been hosting wine events, and for the past five have called that wine tasting Uncorked.
Get tickets now because the tasting, which last year had more than 60 wines, always sells out. Tickets are $40 for a 5 to 8 p.m. tasting at the Frederick lobby. Get tickets by calling 304-696-6656 or stop by the box office from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in the MU’s JoanC.EdwardsPerformingArtsCenter.
Go online at www.marshall.edu/muartser for more info.
Just Roll With Some Derby Action
Ten of the top women’s flat track roller derby teams in the world (and from as far away as Melbourne, Australia), will be competing Friday through Sunday, Oct. 3-5 at the CharlestonCivicCenter during the
2014 Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) Division 1 Playoffs.
This is one of four international playoff tournaments for the division. The Chemical Valley Rollergirls were selected through a competitive bid process to host one of the seven WFTDA tournaments this year.
Go online at http://wftda.com/tournaments/2014/charleston/tickets to get tickets to see team from both coasts and Australia battling.
Three day passes are available and there’s single day tickets as well $15 and $10 (for seniors, military) and free for kids 8 and under for night bouts.
My Festival Picks:
It’s prime time for festivals. Here’s my festival picks for Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.
WV: Battle Days — Tu-Endie-WeiState Park in downtown Point Pleasant, West Virginia, will host Battle Days Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3-4. Battle Days is a living history event detailing the Battle of Point Pleasant and 1700s era lifestyles. Activities will include "On the Drum" Oct. 4, demonstrating Native American life as sounded out with large drums with multiple drummers and dancers. This battle was fought against Chief Cornstalk and his allies Oct. 10, 1774, and is recognized as the decisive engagement in a series of Indian wars. The name "Tu-Endie-Wei" is a Wyandotte word meaning "point between two waters."
Go online at www.tu-endie-weistatepark.com or call 304-957-9365.
Ohio: Hocktoberfest — Running Saturday, Oct. 4, on the campus of HockingCollege, Hocktoberfest is a free fest put on by Rocky Brands Inc. and HockingCollege in Nelsonville, Ohio.
The second annual Hocktoberfest features live music, outdoor skill learning and demos, a fishing derby, Clint Bowyer and Don Schumacher racing teams, horse drawn wagon rides, local vendors, pumpkin decorating, a lumberjack show, a beer garden and more. Music acts on the bill are Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Bombadil, Chris Good & The Sweet Insurrection, Taylor & The Wild Now and The Summoners.Visit www.ExploreHockingHills.com or call 1-800-462-5464.
Kentucky: Kentucky Apple Festival — The 52nd annual Kentucky Apple Festival runs Friday-Saturday, Oct. 3-4, in Paintsville, Ky., with all things apple and entertaining. See national act country group Trick Pony at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4. There's also the 37th annual Apple Run, a car show, a BASS tub, lots of arts and crafts and music, and the Saturday morning parade.
Go online at www.kyappleest.org.
Live Music Anyway You Want It
Here’s a look at a few good shows around the region.
Barn Dance: Dennis Bills and friends fire up the fiddle and banjo for the annual Barn Dance from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the historic Madie Carroll House, in Guyandotte. Bills and his band will play Old Time Music/Civil War Era and Elizabeth Parlock will call the dances. The event is free to the public and everyone is invited. The event is part of the Carroll House Heritage Day. The historic house is open for tours, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Rock Around The Clock at the Ro-Na: The historic Ro-Na Theater will party like its 1959 as they host the legendary group, Bill Haley’s Comets at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2. Tickets are $20, and are available at the door the evening of the show and online at www.ro-natheater.com.
Two Nights of V Rock: The V Club, 741 6th Ave., turns up the volume Friday and Saturday nights. Friday, they welcome in Nashville band, All Them Witches, with support from Across Tundras, Ratship and Sondergeist. Doors open at 8 p.m. Show is at 10 p.m. Cover is $8 advance and $10 at the door for those 18 and up.
On Saturday, Oct. 4, the V Club hosts three regional acts, the indie rock unit, Ona is fresh off of playing the HMAF, as is singer/songwriter Andrew Hankins. Also on the bill is Tim Lancaster. Cover is $5 for those ages 18 and up.
B.B. King: Some tickets remain for a concert with living legend B. B. King as he takes the ClayCenter stage Sunday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Come early for the Shock Top Pre-Party featuring local band Chaz Humley and The Effects at 7 p.m. Young blues rock artist Hamish Anderson will precede this cherished guitarist. Tickets are $35, $45, $55 and $75 and can be purchased online at www.theclaycenter.org, in person at the ClayCenter box office or by phone at 304-561-3570.
My road-trip pick this weekend is to Beckley, West Virginia for the Rocket Boys annual October Sky Festival that runs Friday through Sunday.
Actor Chris Ellis is in-bound from Hollywood, coming to the hills of West Virginia for the Rocket Boys/October Sky Festival Friday-Sunday, Oct. 3-5, in Beckley. The home of the RBF will be the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine at New RiverPark. As in the past, festival goers will have a chance to meet the Rocket Boys, enjoy music by area performers and shop craft and food vendors. One of the featured highlights will be a Rocket Launch from New RiverPark's LaunchPad Beckley. Additionally, the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine will be open to the festival visitors. Visit www.rocketboysfestival.com.
That’s just a few of the things happening this weekend, check us out online at www.herald-dispatch.com and in the box.
Dave Lavender is the author of “Dave Trippin: A Daytripper’s Guide to the Appalachian Galaxy of Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.” Follow the H-D reporter on Facebook or Twitter @DaveLavenderHD.
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Dave Lavender writes about regional travel for The Herald-Dispatch. Go online at www.davetrippin.com for more information.