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KENOVA, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — Another popular festival in the region has canceled most of its events for 2020.

The C-K AutumnFest Board of Directors announced the decision to cancel festivities in a social media post Wednesday. The cancellation also includes the Pumpkin House, which draws thousands each fall.

“The Board has been monitoring the COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines and we feel it is in the best interest and safety of our visitors, vendors and community to make this decision,” organizers said in a statement.

Also included in the cancellation are the AutumnFest pageant, parade, cruise-in, tractor show, arts & craft fair, canning competition, bake-off, concert series and kids activities, according to the post.



The Ceredo Farmers Market is scheduled to open for the season on Friday, June 26. The market will maintain hours of 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. every Friday and Saturday at the Town Shelter located on the parking lot of Mitch Stadium.

Anchor farms will again be the Greenbrier Farm of Fort Gay, operated by Bill and Dorothy Stewart, and Rocky Knob Farm of Pritchard, operated by Jason and Tab Ekers. In addition to the anchor farms, smaller specialty growers will provide “in season” specialty items and baked goods.

COVID-19 precautionary measures will be in effect, including the use of a curbside drive-thru lane where shoppers can order vegetables from the car. Shoppers beneath the shelter will be limited to six persons at a time for social distancing reasons, and gloves will be required for those persons that desire to feel the produce. Gloves and sanitizer will be provided by the Town at no cost.

Some details are subject to change in accordance to CDC guidelines. Stay Safe, Be Thoughtful. Thank you!

For additional information as well as links to register, CLICK HERE for the WVSOS website.

Secretary of State Mac Warner announced that he has issued guidance and a funding opportunity to assist county clerks with mailing an absentee ballot application to every registered voter in West Virginia for the May 12 Primary Election.

There are three simple steps for voting an absentee-by-mail ballot:

  1. The voter submits an absentee ballot application to their county clerk;
    (Watch your mail for the COVID-19 card mailed by your County Clerk the first week of April)
  2. Once approved, the county clerk will mail a postage prepaid absentee ballot with instructions and materials to the voter;
  3. The voter marks the absentee ballot according to the instructions and places it in the mail to be postmarked by Election Day, May 12, 2020.

The goal of this uniform, statewide mailing is to ensure every eligible voter has an opportunity to vote while protecting the health of voters, county clerks’ staff members, election workers, and the general public, while maximizing participation in the May 12 Primary Election.

Voters who do not wish to vote in person due to the coronavirus situation are eligible to request an absentee ballot by mail. Voters may still vote in-person during Early Voting (April 29-May 9) or on Election Day (May 12).

For additional information as well as links to register, CLICK HERE for the WVSOS website.

Office of the Mayor
March 19, 2020

Effective March 20, 2020, in order to help contain the spread of the Coronovirus or COVID-19 within the Town of Ceredo, the following actions shall take place:
Closures and Cancellations
• All Parks and Recreation facilities are closed until April 3, at which time the closure will be re-assessed.
• All historical and museum facilities, including the Ramsdell House and Ceredo Museum, will be closed until April 3, at which time the closure will be re-assessed.
• All Town Boards or Commissions meetings, with the exception of the Town Council, will be postponed until their normal May meeting.
• The Municipal Court lobby is closed to the public, but citations can be paid online at www.ceredowv.gov, or the Court Clerk can be contacted at 304-453-1411 for further information.
• Municipal Court hearings will be cancelled until April 14, 2020. Questions concerning hearing dates should be directed to the Court Clerk at 304-453-1411.
• Restaurants may only provide take out, delivery, or drive-thru service.
• All bars, lounges, private clubs, and gyms shall be closed until April 3, unless repealed by the Mayor of Town Council before that date.
Town Council Meetings
• Regular or Special meetings of the Town Council will be held as scheduled. Residents are encouraged to submit comments or items of public interest related to agenda items electronically to cityclerk@ceredowv.gov, to limit unnecessary personal contact.
• Town Hall will remain open for the conduct of Town business, but the Town Hall lobby will be closed. Residents having business that requires entry to Town Hall should first call 304-453-4675 to schedule an appointment.
• Payment of utility bills or inquiries about utility service should whenever possible be made online (www.ceredowv.gov) or by using the drop-box in front of Town Hall, the USPS, or by telephone (304-453-4675).
• The Police Department will continue with normal patrol activities.
• The Police Communications Center will be closed to the public except in emergency situations.
Town Assistance
• The Ceredo Social Services Office is prepared to assist elderly or disabled residents with activities such as grocery shopping or obtaining food or medical supplies. Persons requiring this assistance should call 304-453-4657 and ask for Social Services.
• Large gatherings should be restricted within the Town, according to guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Governor.
• All residents are encouraged to practice preventive health measures and to show social responsibility during this crisis.
What You Can Do
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or throw-away item.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
• Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

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