The West Virginia Pumpkin Festival returns once again, with the event starting at 9 a.m. today at West Virginia Pumpkin Park in Milton.
The festival, which started in 1985 to help farmers raise and sell pumpkins, attracts attention from across the region, with a variety of family-friendly activities and offerings. Attendees can expect several kids' activities, giant pumpkins, a chain saw artist, a birds of prey demonstration and four days of live entertainment, among other events. The area's history will also be on display with a Civil War encampment as well as a blacksmithing station, a grist mill, apple butter making, broom and lye soap making, sorghum molasses making, and spinning, weaving and pottery making.
On Saturday, entrants will compete in the Pumpkin Bake Off, with recipes for pumpkin breads, cakes, cookies, rolls and pies. Judges will reward prizes and ribbons to the best entries, and recipes may be included in future editions of the West Virginia Pumpkin Festival Cookbook.
The amphitheater will include several acts by Zappo the Clown, Heroes4higher, the Gate City Gunslingers and other performers. Artists will also appear at the Milton Performing Arts Center, including Doug Anderson, The Hit & Run Band and the Cabell Midland "Rhythm In Red" Show Choir.
The festival is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7 per person and free for children 5 and under. For more information, call 304-638-1633 or visit www.wvpumpkinpark.com