CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Pumpkin Festival in Milton
MILTON -- The West Virginia Pumpkin Festival starts Thursday and continues through Oct. 6 in Pumpkin Park, Milton
Started in 1985, the festival was designed to help farmers with the raising and selling of pumpkins.
Festival activities include food, bake-offs, arts and crafts, a beauty pageant, live entertainment and big pumpkins.
Call 304-638-1633 or 304-634-5857 or visit http://www.wvpumpkinpark.com for additional information.
Lewisburg antique show
LEWISBURG -- More than 100 venders are expected at the State Fair's Giant Fall Flea Market and Antique Show Friday through Oct. 6 at the fair grounds.
Indoor and outdoor vendors will be selling antiques, collectibles, crafts, new and used merchandise and fall produce. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 6. Admission is free.
Free parking is available on the main fairgrounds and adjacent to the U.S. 219 south bridge entrance. Camping is also available with advance reservations. For more information and application forms, visit www.statefairofwv.com, or call the State Fair office at 304-645-1090 weekdays from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Weston's haunted house
WESTON -- Beginning Oct. 1 and continuing to Nov. 2, the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum will present its Haunted House Wednesdays through Sundays.
Visitors age 13 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Call 304-269-5070 or visit http://www.theasylumwv.com for pricing, schedules and additional information.
Horseback riding at Babcock
CLIFFTOP -- Montgomery Outdoor Adventures is providing horseback riding through Babcock State Park on fall weekends.
"Riding a horse on the trails is a different experience in the fall than in the summer, because the park's elevation means the leaves turn color earlier than other parts of the state," said park superintendent Clinton Cochran.
The guided trail rides at the park feature a unique creek crossing and views of rock formations, wooded pond settings, and frequent wildlife sightings.
Riders must be age 8 and older. Rides last from 30 minutes to two hours. Fall hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Reservations are encouraged by calling Montgomery's at 304-860-7834.
Salem Apple Butter Fest
SALEM -- The 29th annual Salem Apple Butter Festival runs Oct. 3 through Oct. 6 in Depot Park in Salem. All activities are free.
Apple butter will be made in open copper kettles over slow burning wood fires, and canned on site for visitors to buy.
Other attractions include live entertainment, Saturday night fireworks, food and crafts. There will be a quilt show, 5K run, bicycle poker ride, pet show-off, talent show, car show, horseshoe pitching and corn hole tournaments.