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Fall Festival at the Lakes scheduled for Friday

A Fall Festival pumpkin patch stroll begins at the 1887 covered bridge at Cedar Lakes Conference Center. (Photo by Todd Hanson)

RIPLEY — The Cedar Lakes Conference Center will be celebrating the autumn season with its Fall Festival at the Lakes on Oct. 16 with a historical stroll through a pumpkin patch and more at the facility near Ripley.

The $5 admission includes a pumpkin for participants to take home and a round of miniature golf. Activities begin at 4 p.m. and run through the evening.

“This is meant to be a good, quality family-time event,” said Melissa Litton of Cedar Lakes.

Three Jackson County historic landmarks are featured on the stroll.

It begins by walking through the 1887 Statts Mill Covered Bridge. One of 17 remaining in West Virginia, the 100-foot span was originally located across Tug Fork of Mill Creek about 8 miles away. It was preserved and relocated in 1983.

Heritage House is a two-story log cabin that serves as a memorial to the early settlers of the area. The late Genevieve Starcher restored, relocated and donated the structure to the West Virginia Board of Education. Her descendants were the first permanent settlers in the Ripley area.

Complete with a kitchen separated by a dog trot, the cabin is fully furnished with original handmade walnut, cherry, poplar and maple furniture.

Adjacent to the cabin is the Old Field House. It offers a glimpse of a one-room school from the early 1800s. Dedicated in 1979, the structure was made possible through the generosity of several non-profit organizations including the Jackson County Retired School Employees.

Replicas of the covered bridge and the cabin are incorporated into the obstacles of the 18-hole miniature golf course.

After the festival, a drive-through dinner will be served at the Cedar Lakes Administration Building from 4-6:30 p.m. The menu is comprised of ham, fried potatoes, brown beans, cornbread and apple dumplings for $15.

A social distancing Halloween costume contest begins at 7 p.m. Prizes are to be awarded in three categories: the most creative, scariest and prettiest.

Then at 7:30 p.m., enjoy the movie “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” Admission is $10 per vehicle. Concessions are available.

For information, contact Cedar Lakes at 304-372-7860.

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