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Hurricane Harvest Festival Spells Family Fun with Many Offerings

The harvest festival featured a hula hoop contest.

The Hurricane Harvest Festival, held on Saturday, October 14, featured fall fun for everyone at Hurricane City Park. The event featured local craft and artisan vendors, games and inflatables for children, and various family friendly activities throughout the day.

One of the highlights of the festival was a pumpkin pie eating contest sponsored by Truist Bank. Participants competed with each other to see who could eat an entire pie in the shortest amount of time. The winner of the youth division was Paxton Fannin of Barboursville, and the winner of the adult division was James Minx of Cross Lanes.

Festivalgoers could interact with a Sulcata tortoise, a kunekune pig, llamas, a miniature calf, a giant dewlap goose, and lots of goats at the petting zoo hosted by by Mountaineer Safari of Jackson County.

The Guyan River Cloggers of Lincoln County and Appalachian blues band Creek Don’t Rise provided entertainment on the festival stage.

Other upcoming events in Hurricane include the annual pumpkin carving contest starting at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 22, and Main Street Trick or Treat from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 28.

The Guyan River Cloggers performed during the Hurricane Harvest Festival.
Local author Philip Hatfield had a booth at the festival, where he promoted his newbook, “A History of Putnam County, West Virginia, in the Civil War.”
Creek Don’t Rise provided musical entertainment at the harvest festival.
It was a messy experience competing in the pumpkin pie eating contest.
Mayor Scott Edwards presents James Minx of Cross Lanes, the winner of the adult pumpkin pie eating contest, with his prize.
Mountaineer Safari of Jackson County provided a petting zoo for the children.
Inflatable slides and bounce houses are always a staple at the harvest festival.
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