POINT PLEASANT — The West Virginia State Farm Museum’s Country Fall Festival returns this Saturday and Sunday.
The free event will feature antique tractor pulls, quilt show, antique and bottle show, pumpkin show, church service and gospel sing, as well as making (and selling) apple butter, apple cider, sorghum and vegetable soup. Hours for the festival are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
According to staff at the farm museum, on Saturday and Sunday, visitors can check out the Mason County CEOS Quilt Show, Gravely swap meet, Antique Engine Show, Antique and Bottle Show and tour the grounds. On Saturday only is the Biggest Pumpkin Show, sponsored by Southern States, to determine who has the biggest pumpkin by weight. Prizes will be available and visitors are encouraged to bring their biggest and best pumpkins for the competition. Show starts at 11 a.m. with winners announced at 1 p.m.
Also only on Saturday, the Antique Tractor Pull at 1 p.m., Dewey Taylor will perform musical numbers; homemade vegetable soup will only be available on Saturday as well. The apple butter, apple cider and sorghum making (and selling) will go on all weekend. On Sunday only, a church service will be 9 a.m. at the museum’s log church, followed by a gospel sing at 1:30 p.m. Performing at the sing will be New Covenant, The Rifes, Rick and Jenny Towe.
This is the 20th year for the Antique and Bottle Show organized by collector Charlie Perry. The show typically consists of not only unique, antique bottles and stoneware jars, but small antiques. Perry, who is the author of several books on West Virginia bottles, has described the show as a sort of mini “Antiques Road Show.” Several vendors attend with their one-of-a-kind treasures. The show is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.
This will be the 29th year for the Mason County CEOS Quilt Show held in the back part of the dining room of the Country Kitchen, which will also be open both days of the festival. Admission is open to the public and there is no charge to attend.
The entire festival is meant to celebrate local history and culture from a bygone era. The museum has several displays that will be open for touring, including the new Christopher Bauer Museum, which is a massive collection of big-game trophies and more.
The farm museum is located north of Point Pleasant directly across from the Mason County Fairgrounds.
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