Flea market and antiques
FAIRLEA, W.Va. -- The State Fair's Giant Fall Flea Market and Antique Show is set for Oct. 5-7 at the fairgrounds in Fairlea. The annual event showcases more than 100 indoor and outdoor vendors selling antiques, collectibles, crafts, new and used merchandise, and fall produce.
Admission to the three-day event is free. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 5 and 6, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 7.
Free parking is available on the main fairgrounds and adjacent to the U.S. 219 South bridge entrance. Camping is available, but reservations must be made. For more information and application forms, visit www.statefairofwv.com, or call the State Fair office at 304-645-1090.
New River train trip
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Train trips through the New River Gorge will run Oct. 20, 21, 27 and 28, and tickets are still available in the coach cars.
The trips start at 8:30 a.m. in Huntington, with a stop in St. Albans, before traveling the 65 miles through the gorge and arriving at Hinton at 1 p.m. During the three-hour layover in Hinton, enjoy a street fair, local entertainment, food and the railroad museum. The train departs Hinton at 4 p.m.
The Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society Inc. has operated the fall train trips nearly every year since 1966.
For information on prices and availability, call 866-639-7487.
Blennerhassett by night
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. -- Tickets are available for the annual candlelight tour of the reconstructed Blennerhassett Mansion on Blennerhassett Island on Oct. 12 and 13.
Costumed re-enactors let visitors experience social life of 200 years ago when Harman and Margaret Blennerhassett built their mansion on the wilderness island in the Ohio River in 1800. Music, dance and card games of the era will be re-created.
After debarking from the sternwheeler, hundreds of lanterns will light the gravel paths leading to the mansion. A harvest dinner will be served at the picnic pavilion and other food concessions will be offered, as will rides on horse-drawn wagons.
Reservations are required for the boat trip and tour; $25 for adults, $17 for children. The harvest dinner is $15 for all ages, with reservations due by Oct. 4. Call 304-420-4800.
The boat departs from the Blennerhasstt Museum, Second and Juliana streets, on the half-hour from 6 to 8 p.m., and departs the island on the half-hour from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Ansted house, museum