With the sun finally turned off from the summer broil, we’re looking forward to a weekend of — dare we say? — sweater weather. With a fall-like weekend forecast on the way, there’s a full plate of fun to be had with some great festivals all over the Tri-State from the banks of the river in Ashland to some farm fests in Southern Ohio and West Virginia.
Here’s a look at some fun fall fests to go check out this weekend.
A Mountain of a Way Back Weekend at Heritage Farm
Roll out to Heritage Farm Museum & Village, 3300 Harvey Road in Huntington, where they are playing host to the eighth annual Cast Iron Cookoff and the third annual Mountain Games. The games serve as a fundraiser for the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital at Cabell Huntington Hospital.
These two great events are combined for the first time for a supercharged Way Back Weekend that runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13.
Watch teams from around the region compete in eight different Heritage-themed events like the tomahawk throw, obstacle course, 5K trail run, archery, paintball shooting, climbing and a heavy sack run.
For the kids, enjoy a Mountain Games Family Zone that features such lawn games as ladder golf, a giant sling shot, giant jenga, boat races, an obstacle course, bucket ball and softball throw along with much more family fun.
After the hearty outdoors workout, get a taste of what’s cooking during the eighth annual Cast Iron Cookoff. Chefs from around the region compete in in teams for prizes and bragging rights with their unique twist on Appalachian campfire cooking.
There’s also eight museums, as well as other Way Back Weekend fall fun including wagon rides, cider, and working artisans including famed glassmaker Ron Hinkle blowing glass.
Admission to watch and enjoy the other Way Back Weekend festivities down on the Farm are $12, $10 seniors, $8 kids and free for those under 3.
All parking for day of event will be directed to Christ Temple Church located on Johnstown Road in Huntington. Shuttles will then take guests to Heritage Farm for the games and will be running continuously throughout the day escorting guests back and forth.
Go online at mountaingames.chhfoundation.org for more info.
Head over to the Big Sandy Superstore Arena from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, to enjoy both football tailgate food groups—chicken wings and beer.
The event includes a “King of the Wings” wing eating contest sponsored by Roosters. A Battle for Bragging Rights, the fan favorite contest in which the restaurant crowned fan favorite will receive a traveling trophy.
Tickets are $20 for all-youcan-eat wings from a dozen restaurants/vendors including: Roosters (Huntington), Texas Roadhouse (Huntington), Max and Erma’s Lancaster, Cabell Midland High School Knights of the Round Table, SAVOR (Big Sandy Superstore Arena), Holy Smoke BBQ Holiday Inn Downtown (2017 Judges Favorite), Highway 55, Big L’s Chicken, Davis’ Place Neighborhood Bar & Grill, Rio Grande Restaurant on 4th Avenue, and Rudy’s Pizzeria.
There will also be a limited number of VIP tickets for $30, which includes two drink vouchers (for beer or soft drinks), 30 minutes early entry and special seating inside the Arena.
The 2018 Wing Fling sponsored in part by Huntington Bank, Republic Services, Sprint and media sponsors Kindred Communications, WOWKand The Herald-Dispatch.
Go online at www.bigsandyarena.com to find out more about this and other upcoming events including the Oct. 27 Jake Owen concert.
Ashland launches new OYO Arts & Music Festival
Port of Ashland is the place to be Saturday, Oct. 13, for music lovers as the first OYO Arts and Music Festival sets up on the banks of the Ohio River with a full days of music, an artisan market, original art installations, eclectic vendors including Huntington’s own Full Circle Ceramics and Red Caboose, craft beer and area food trucks.
Named after the Native American word “oyo” for “great river,” the fest runs from noon to 11 p.m. and features headliners Shooter Jennings, Third Man Records artist Lillie Mae, Nicholas Jamerson; LuchaDora; Qiet; Josh Brown & the Hard Livin’ Legends; Of the Dell; Laid Back Country Picker; and Sasha Colette & the Magnolias.
The festival will also feature the adult division winner of the Ed Haley Fiddle Fest held during Poage Landing Days and a portrayal of the late, great folk music pioneer Jean Ritchie, portrayed by actress Rachel Lee Rogers, of Versailles, Kentucky.
General admission pre-sale tickets are $25; day of event cost is $35. VIP admission pre-sale tickets are $50; day of event cost is $60. Children five years old and under may enter the event at no charge.
OYO offers a discounted ticket rate of $15 to students. Students must present school ID in order to obtain discounted rate.
Festival-goers can bring their own camp chairs or blankets to sit on. No coolers or outside food or drink are permitted.
Lexington’s Alltech, Country Boy Brewing, Portsmouth Brewery and Anheuser-Busch products will be for sale through Perry Distributors.
The Winchester Steak & Seafood Restaurant hosted by Delta by Marriott Hotel is the featured VIP food vendor and is and limited to VIP experience ticket holders only.
Additional food vendors include: Dragonfly Resort Cafe; Fast Lane Foods and Desserts; Grindstone Coffeeology; Matney’s Wood Fired Pizza; ScragglePop Kettle Corn; Smokin J’s Rib and Brewhouse; and Suplex Tacos.
Get tickets online at www.paramountartscenter.com or at the Paramount Arts Center box office, 1300 Winchester Ave., Ashland or by calling 606-324-0007.
Saturday at the Lake
Looking for a fun weekend to camp out and soak up all the fun at Beech Fork Lake? Have we got the weekend for you, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Beech Fork State Park rolls out a full day of fun with the annual Heron Fest.
Enjoy a family-friendly day of events with free hayrides, pontoon boat rides, pumpkin decorating contests, cruise-in car display, camper display, as well as food, craft and flea market-style vendors. Campsites are on a first-come, first=- served basis.
The festivities are free and open to the public. Call the park office at 304-528-5794 for more information.
Bob Evans Farm Fest
The world-famous Bob Evans Farm in Rio Grande, Ohio (just an hour and 15 minutes north of Huntington), in Gallia County, Ohio, kicks open the barn doors for its epic 48th annual Bob Evans Farm Festival that runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Oct. 12-14.
Held on the farm from which the late Bob and Jewell Evans launched their restaurant empire from a 12-stool diner to a chain of 1,800 restaurants, the Farm Festival offers a wide range of entertainment, one-of-a-kind handmade arts and crafts, farm contests, delicious local food, children’s activities, demonstrations and musical performances.
Admission is $5. Kids 5 and under are free for the fest that features a stream of national act bluegrass artists and country acts including Love Canon and Rarely Herd on Friday, Bucky Covington on Saturday (followed by fireworks), and a Sunday worship, then bluegrass with Johnny Staats and Larry Sparks.
Enjoy performances from lumberjacks and chainsaw carvers, meet furry friends from the Columbus Zoo, and demonstrations including Team Zoom Border Collies and cow milking by Laurel Valley Creamery.
Join in the Kids’ Farmyard Fun area for face painting, a hay bale maze, game tent, kiddie train rides, a corn pile and more.
Those looking to compete can try cow chip tossing, chicken scratch, corn shelling, feed sack races, team egg toss, pie eating, donut eating and stick horse races and children can test their strength at the kids’ pedal tractor pull.
In addition to the original Bob Evans Restaurant, the Event Barn Buffet and food tent on site, the Bob Evans Farm Festival offers traditional fare including bean soup and corn bread, kettle corn, apple dumplings, ice cream, Ohiomade cheese, cider slushies, as well as other treats.
For more information, go online at https://www.bobevans.com/aboutus/the-farm/farmfestival or contact the farm office at 740-245-5304.