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Fall is almost here and that means the annual C-K AutumnFest is just around the corner.

The C-K AutumnFest takes place during the last weekend of October in the communities of Ceredo and Kenova, West Virginia. The main attraction is The Pumpkin House which displays over 3,000 carved pumpkins! There will be an old-fashioned bake-off with some of the best bakers in the area competing. Get an early start on your holiday shopping with the beautiful hand-made items offered at our arts and crafts show. Don’t miss the cruise-in and tractor show. Be sure to take advantage of the food vendors located at the Pumpkin House on Beech Street in Kenova. You can bet you won’t have to look very hard to find a selection of delicious food. It is a community-wide celebration you won’t want to miss! It is our hope that the C-K AutumnFest will become a part of your family’s traditions. We look forward to seeing you in October.

Stay up to date with all the scheduled events by visiting www.ckautumnfest.com
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By SARAH INGRAM HD Media Jan 6, 2021

CEREDO — Seniors of Ceredo will have a new place to hang out and work out after the opening of the new Ceredo Senior Wellness Center, set for the end of January.

Ceredo Mayor Paul Billups said the old Ceredo Elementary School had been sitting empty for too long, and he is excited to bring new life to the space for community members to enjoy.

“The Board of Education vacated it, and we took our time to decide what the best community use for it was and we decided that a senior wellness center would be the most value out of our dollar and provide the most to the public,” he said.

The facility includes rooms for Zumba, Silver Sneakers workouts, cardio and weight lifting workouts, pickleball and cornhole, a lounge area and a meeting room.

There is also a room dedicated to the Golden Girl Group Home for workout equipment and a practice area for the Ceredo Alumni Band, and Billups said they plan to set up a recreation area outside for use during warmer weather.

Billups said there will be a small membership fee, but it will not be too expensive. He also said there will be precautions taken while COVID-19 is still prominent in the area, but he believes the center will be able to utilize the facility completely in the future.

“This is all dependent on COVID; we’re going to take precautions and have hand sanitizer and everything we need to do to keep people safe,” he added. “Now, with this vaccine that could be available soon, that will hopefully open up some more possibilities and free range for this place and the people, so we just have to be patient.”

Community members Barry and Rhonda Scragg said they are looking forward to the opening of the wellness center and said it will be a great place for seniors to spend time.

“The mayor of Ceredo is saving the senior citizens that still care about fitness,” Barry Scragg said. “We have nowhere else to go, but the mayor and everyone is stepping up to give us a nice place to exercise and be together.”

The construction of the wellness center has been a low-cost project, according to Billups, who said a lot of the funding came from a special levy with funds meant specifically for community development projects and the donation of all the exercise equipment from the C-K Community Center. Additionally, he said there have been a lot of volunteers who have assisted in bringing the center together.

Ceredo’s maintenance supervisor, Dustin Long, has helped with the construction and said a lot of the labor comes from Ceredo’s public service employees. He said they have dedicated a lot of time to the space, and he thinks it will be a good spot for community members to enjoy and be proud of.

“Any spare time we have, we spend it here. These guys come in here and get work done while also keeping up with other projects in town,” Long said. “And it is something for the residents to be proud of. It can be beneficial for everyone, whether they want to work out or just meet up with people.”

Billups said they started thinking about creating the space just this summer and construction started around seven weeks ago. With the planned opening set for mid-January, he said the building had a good foundation and they just had to make a few changes.

In addition to moving in exercise equipment, Long said workers have been repainting rooms, resetting floors and replacing windows to allow more natural light in.

https://www.herald-dispatch.com/news/senior-wellness-center-to-open-in-ceredo/article_cfb03590-e0bb-5638-8eb4-eec9929229e7.html

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.

Source: WCHSTV.COM

https://wchstv.com/news/local/popular-c-k-autumnfest-pumpkin-house-festivities-canceled-for-2020

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!

Beginning March 3, 2020, the indoor pickleball court hours have been extended until 10 PM Monday – Saturday.

Anyone who is not currently a member is encouraged to contact Dustin Long at city hall to request more information on how to join today. He can be reached by phone at (304) 908-9234 or in person at city hall during regular business hours.