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Marshall Memo: County Preparing for Halloween and Archaeology Event

Several different events will be taking place throughout Marshall County in the next few weeks, some connected to Halloween.

One is Scarecrow Lane at the Cockayne Farmstead in Glen Dale. This year’s Scarecrow Lane will take up residence from Oct. 16-31 at 1105 Wheeling Ave.

More fun will be taking place this year as there will be a fire pit, crafts, a coloring and a pumpkin carving contest.

Additional details will be forthcoming on the Farmstead’s website as it gets closer to the event.

Entry forms have been mailed to those who participated in the most recent Scarecrow event. To enter a Scarecrow there will be a $10 entry fee with three ways to be a winner. Prizes will be award in each of three categories: Professional & Businesses; Clubs, Churches and Organizations; and Individuals.

The entry deadline will be Oct. 11.

Those entering scarecrows are reminded that the scarecrows will be out in all types of weather so the owners should plan accordingly. The scarecrows will be setup from Oct. 14 and removed by Nov. 5.

For those having questions or need additional information they can call the Farmstead at 304-845-1411.

While on the subject of Halloween, the Dungeon of Horrors will begin this coming Friday and Saturday at the former West Virginia Penitentiary and continue through Halloween Night.

Actually, there will be another event on the same dates, this other attraction being the North Hall Tour, which is somewhat different from the Dungeon of Horrors, one of the differences being the latter will have guided tours.

Tickets to these two attractions can be obtained at www.wvpentours.com or calling 304-845-6200,

There will also be another attraction at the former prison which will take place this Saturday on the front lawn of the prison.

It will be the display of 100 hearses, some of which are 70 years old.

These vehicles are known as HearseMania, and they come from the Pittsburgh area.

In addition to Hearses there will be ambulances and flower cars from days past.

The Hearses will be on display from noon until 6 p.m.

The Marshall County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Business After Hours event from 5-7 p.m. on Oct. 7 at the Strand Theatre in Moundsville in conjunction with the 60th anniversary of The Green Tab.

The first issue of The Green Tab was released on Oct. 1, 1961. This will mark the second time in three years that the Chamber of Commerce has honored The Green Tab, the first time being when Chamber officials presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to publisher Eric Anderson.

The event will take place at the Strand Theatre with the food to be catered by Froehlich’s. There will be door prizes provided by Seven Springs Mountain Resort, the Marshall County Co-Op and others.

Green Tab publishing was founded by Robert W. Munn in 1961, and he and his son operated it until 18 years ago when the Ogden Newspapers purchased the publication.

While on the subject of the Moundsville Chamber of Commerce, a couple of other upcoming events will be that of the annual Chamber Dinner which will take place on Oct. 14 at the Moundsville Center within the walls of the former West Virginia Penitentiary. A second Business After Hours, this one on Oct. 28 sponsored by Main Street Bank.

Archaeology Day will take place from 2-4 p.m. on Oct. 2 at the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex.

Those wishing to participate will learn about archaeology in an afternoon filled with behind-the scenes tours of the Research Facility, flint knapping, spear throwing using an atlatl, hands-on-activities, and other demonstrations and displays located at the facility.

Have you ever wondered what it takes to grow a record-breaking pumpkin?

Well you can learn about a pumpkin by watching a film titled, “Lords of the Gourd” which will be shown at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Oct. 9 at the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville.

Extreme pumpkin growers will share their passion and tips for raising the orange giants.

The Discovery Table at the Grave Creek Mound during the month of October will be titled: Ring-and-Pin Game. Those involved will make this game of skill using rings cut from Canada crookneck squash in the museum’s Interpretive Garden.

There is a new attraction at Valley Fork Park in Moundsville, that being a wiffle ball field.

The ball to be used at Valley Fork Park will be about the same size as a regulation baseball, but is hollow and thus lighter in weight than a baseball. The ball is resilient plastic and no more than 1/8th inch thick.

The game became popular nationwide in the 1960s and is designed for 2-10 players, with a single game consisting of 7 innings, or 60 minutes, whichever comes first.

There will be a free concert this coming Saturday at the East End Playground’s Colt Field.

Music will get underway at 7 p.m., by Markus & James, and followed by Crandell Creek.

The pool’s concession stand will be open at 6 p.m.

Those attending are reminded to bring a chair or blanket, or both.

Walk-in COVID 19 Vaccinations will be available at the Marshall County Health Department Monday through Friday, the hours being 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.

Testing continues at the Health Department, the dates for the remainder of September being Sept. 21, 23, 27 and 29. The hours for all dates being 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Mobile testing will be held from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., on Sept 24., at the Benwood City Hall.

Now that children are back in school, the Blue & Gold Christian Center in Cameron has opened the Kidz Kamp, an after school program.

Any child who wants to attend needs to have a parent’s note in his or her agenda saying they may go to the Blue & Gold Center after school.

Children are met at the school by volunteers who walk them to the Center. There they will hear a Bible story and have a nutritious, child-friendly meal.

After clean-up the kids can pick an activity to participate in. There are arts and crafts, puzzles, foosball, ping-pong, air hockey and board games.

Children need to be picked up by 5 p.m.

Any parents with questions can call the center at 304-686-2422.

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