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Almost Autumn

Area to feature a cavalcade of fall activities

The Inter-Mountain photos by Shannon Bennett Campbell Autumn brings radiant color to one of many lovely Canaan Valley State Park landscapes.

Central West Virginians are always watchful for autumn to make its appearance. Most of us are aware that woven within its days and weeks are quite a few major and fun events that can be attended.

This year, we find the usual cavalcade of choices, but most will be visited on a leap of faith. We would be amiss not to consult the daily paper before making all our plans. Some last-minute changes could result if COVID outbreaks are evident or feared.

A pleasant outdoor experience can be had in Lewis County both at the Jackson’s Mill Jubilee and the Jane Lew Fireman’s Craft Fair. Each of these venues are perfect for early Christmas shopping or getting instruction and ideas about how to gain craft assembly skills.

Food selections probably offer more variety at Jackson’s Mill, but one will not go hungry at either venue. An early arrival at Jane Lew will help with better parking options and one will find fewer buyers just before it opens at 9 a.m.

One will want to remember West Virginia University’s opening game against the University of Maryland today at 3:30 p.m.

Additionally, Marshall University’s Thundering Herd will invade Annapolis Saturday. A 3:30 p.m. kick-off with Navy is planned.

High school football and soccer teams are beginning their seasons and provide additional outdoor recreation for faithful fans. It will be good to see them and their outstanding high school bands fill fields once more.

By mid-month September, we will not want to forget Franklin’s Treasure Mountain Festival on the 16th through the19th. Music, art, crafts, and foods will be plentiful.

Tucker County will provide another special occasion as many will gather for the Annual Leaf Peepers Festival Sept. 24-26 in Davis. A car show, 5:K race and an indoor craft show will dominate weekend activities in Davis.

While passing through the mountains to attend these events, a stop at either Canaan Valley State Park or Dolly Sods is recommended as autumn tree colorations should be at their peak.

Rolling into October will not disappoint because buckwheat cakes and Preston County’s homemade pork sausage should be on area griddles at the 80th Annual Buckwheat Festival Sept. 30 through Oct. 3 at the Kingwood Fire Department, as well as several other church and fire department locations throughout the county. A very large craft fair and parades are usual highlights, along with musical programs featuring well-known entertainers.

It goes without saying that special gratitude must be extended to all those who are willing to plan events months ahead unknowing of the conditions they will face as the calendar advances. Some risk-taking must be assumed and these community leaders are extended thanks for being willing to invest time so others can have many enjoyable moments.

While the autumn calendar appears crowded in the next couple months, we have to understand it will offer only “almost” the kind of autumns we have come to expect.

Amid the sadness we have had about some of the canceled activities, it may be good to consider some thoughts from a young blind girl named Helen Keller. Said she, “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”

It is my wish that you be blessed with good health during this season and that all will be done to ensure no illness. Enjoy the many activities planned and be excited by them, knowing it is an unpredictable time.

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