MASON — Plans have been finalized for the annual Mason Harvest Festival, slated for Oct. 8 at the Stewart-Johnson V.F.W./Lottie Jenks Memorial Park.
Events begin at noon with free hot dogs being served by the town until 1 p.m. Free popcorn and bottled water will be available all day.
Also ongoing throughout the festival, which ends at 4 p.m., are a swings carnival ride, bounce house, and inflatable obstacle course from Fun Time Amusements. There will be a corn pit with one ton of corn for children to play in, and K&D Karaoke by Kip will be providing music. Cornfeds will be on hand to offer their smoked foods for sale.
Adult and children’s games will be held during the afternoon.
Among the adult games are a hay bale toss for men at 1 p.m., a skillet sling contest for women at 2 p.m., and a toilet seat horseshoe toss for all adults at 3 p.m. Cash prizes of $15 for first place, $10 for second place, and $5 for third place will be awarded for each adult game.
For children, there will be a cookie stacking contest at 1:30 p.m., pumpkin decorating at 2:30 p.m., and a needle in the haystack at 3:30 p.m. Pumpkins and all supplies to decorate them will be supplied. The needle in the haystack game involves children sifting through stacks of hay to find small prizes hidden within.
All ages are invited to participate in the free cake walks, which begin at 2:30 p.m.
An apple pie contest will offer all amateur bakers the chance to win cash. Registration is at 1 p.m., with winners being announced at 3 p.m. The pies must be homemade, no canned apples used, with homemade crust. The first place winner will receive $50, and the second place winner, $25.
For more information on the festival or any of the events, contact the town hall at 304-773-5200.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County