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Butcher Bend Autumn Festival to fall on two October weekends

MINERAL WELLS — The Butcher Bend Autumn Festival will be held for two weekends in October at the West Virginia Interstate Fairgrounds on Butcher Bend Road near Mineral Wells.

The festival will be 7-10 p.m. Oct. 15, 16, 22 and 23. Admission and parking are free.

There will be children’s games, food, a slime lab and costume contests each night. A haunted barn and hay rides will be $3.

A Trunk or Treat will be 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 17. Visitors can decorate their cars and bring candy to give out, with a $100 first place prize and a $50 second place prize for best decorated cars.

A rubber ducky raffle will be held, with tickets $1 each or six for $5. The prizes will be $250 for first, $125 for second and $50 for third. The drawing will be Oct. 23.

There will be a pumpkin decorating contest from 7-10 p.m. each day of the festival. The age groups are 0-15 years and 16 and up and the contest is “bring your own pumpkin.” Pumpkins can be registered any night of the festival and the final judging will be 9 p.m. Oct. 24.

The schedule of activities includes:

OCT. 15

* 7 p.m.: Gate opens; Haunted Barn and Hay ride open

* 7:15 p.m.: Slime Lab and Kids Activities open; Games open

* 9 p.m.: Costume Contest

* 10 p.m.: Grounds close

OCT. 16

* 7 p.m.: Gate opens; Trunk or Treat; Haunted Barn and Hay ride open

* 7:15 p.m.: Slime Lab and Kids Activities open; Games open

* 8:30 p.m.: Trunk or Treat ends

* 9 p.m.: Costume Contest; Raffle drawing

* 10 p.m.: Grounds close

OCT. 22

* 7 p.m.: Gate opens; Haunted Barn and Hay ride open

* 7:15 p.m.: Slime Lab and Kids Activities open; Games open

* 9 p.m.: Costume Contest

* 10 p.m.: Grounds close

OCT. 23

* 7 p.m.: Gate opens; Haunted Barn and Hay ride open

* 7:15 p.m.: Slime Lab and Kids Activities open; Games open

* 9 p.m.: Costume Contest; Pumpkin Contest judging

* 9:30 p.m.: Rubber Ducky drawing

* 9:45 p.m.: Raffle drawing

* 10 p.m.: Grounds close

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