Fall EscapadesAugust 27, 2016
Fall is in the air and Marion County just can’t get enough of it! From spectacularly colored leaves to the fall flavors, the county comes alive with festivals, food and music.
The first official day of fall is September 22nd but that doesn’t stop us from celebrating and enjoying every moment before, during and after.
Head to the Paw Paw Fairgrounds in Rivesville on September 3rd for the Fall Mud Bog. What exactly is a mud bog? The goal is to drive a vehicle through a pit of mud or a track of a set length. Winners are determined by the distance traveled through the pit. Expect to see some mud fly!
Want to show off that perfect little coupe? Head to Mannington for the Blues Cruise and Burnout. The action happens on September 10th. Cars will be on display along Water Street beginning at 4 p.m. The Burnout Competition begins at 6 p.m. behind City Hall.
Looking for ways to soak up a little autumn sunshine? The Seth Burton Memorial Disc Golf Tournament is at Morris Park on September 17th &18th. Not a player? There are some great vistas to watch the pros.
On September 10th Pricketts Fort will demonstrate soap making from start to finish the frontier way – if you want a “cleaner” activity.
Continue the fun with the Fall Festival at Bunner Ridge on October 1st. They will be making apple butter along with lots of great food and free hayrides.
On October 8th, Pricketts Fort hosts the WVU Woodsmen Team. Watch these professionals show off their ax and woodman skills.
Pricketts Fort is the place to be October 14th through 16th with their Christmas in October Market. Watch artisans putting the finishing touches on their one-of-a-kind masterpieces.
Bring the family and enjoy an interactive history lesson on October 22nd and 23rd at the Native American Weekend at Pricketts Fort. The entire family will enjoy learning about local tribes and their way of life.
Candle Making Demos at Pricketts Fort on October 29th will show you the various methods of lighting that was used during the 18th C. You may not realize that different candles produce different light.
If you are more of a night owl (pun intended), you will find Joey Herron at Valley Falls State Park for the Northern Saw Whet Owl migration and banding on October 28th & 29th. This is the 12th year for Joey and he has caught and banded over 300 owls.
Wind your way through the musical trails of Marion County.
Every Saturday night enjoy country music at Sagebrush Round-Up on Bunner Ridge from 6 – 11 p.m. Root music and a home cooked meal – fall doesn’t get any better than that. Actually it does because on September 10th Sagebrush Round-Up kicks it into high gear during their Fall Festival. Direct from Nashville, Confederate Railroad will take the stage at 8:00 p.m.
The jam continues with Traditional Music at Pricketts Fort on September 17th with banjos, dulcimers, fiddles and much more.
On September 23rd and 24th, check out the West Fork New Music Festival on the campus of Fairmont State University. The days will be packed with workshops along with musical performances each evening starting at 7:30 p.m.
At the historic Hamilton Round Barn in Mannington on September 24, the West Augusta Historical Society hosts Back Roads and BBQ in their last concert of the season. Enjoy a lively evening of great music and delicious food.
Get into the Halloween spirit Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights in October at Coal Country Miniature Golf. It’s Spooky Golf with lots of Halloween decorations, scary music and even a few surprises!
Don’t you just love the smell of fall as you wind your way through miles and miles of hiking and rail trails? Walk, bike, hike or even horseback ride, and you will feel refreshed and invigorated from the brisk air and oh so HUNGRY!
It’s fall and that means offers their fan-favorite Pumpkin Pie Avalanche. Ever tried a S’more milkshake from The Poky Dot? How about a Pufferbelly’s Ice Cream Station scrumptious Gingerbread Sundae? If the Pilgrims only knew!
What’s on your fall must do list?