Take on some of the Tri-State’s outdoor activities this weekend
From a meteor shower to outdoor movies and some group paddle trips, there’s a bunch of cool things happening in the great outdoors this weekend. Here’s a look at several ways to dive into some fun around the region.
Outdoor film at Ritter Park
The Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District is celebrating inclusion by hosting an outdoor showing of the hit movie “Wonder” at dusk Friday, Aug. 10. Bring your chairs or blankets and join the GHPRD Recreation Team at Ritter Park’s shelter 2 to watch this heartwarming film under the stars. Concessions will be available.
Come early to learn about the All-Inclusive Playground under construction at St. Cloud Commons. The playground is being built by the community in hopes of breaking down social
barriers and provide opportunities where children of all ages play together.
This event is free to the public and fun for all ages. For additional information, contact the GHPRD Development & Recreation manager, Lauren Carte, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 304-696-5954.
Enjoy a summer hike, picnic
Counting down the last weeks before school bells begin to ring, let’s get outside for some picnic and play. Make your way to the Huntington Museum of Art at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, when the Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District along with museum staff will team up for a Summer Picnic Hike.
Join the GHPRD Recreation Team and HMA Nature Trail Docents as they hike approximately two miles on the nature trails at the Huntington Museum of Art. The hike will be followed by a light picnic and a nature-based craft.
This free outdoor summer activity is open to the public. A map of the trail is available to view or print at https://tinyurl.com/y99twsu2.
For more information, contact GHPRD recreation superintendent Stacey Leep at email@example.com or call 304-696-5954 or HMA Museum & Schools Coordinator Cindy Dearborn at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 304-529-2701.
A Saturday night Star Party
At 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, grab a blanket and meet at Beech Fork State Park headquarters, where they will be hosting a Star Party. Come out to watch the Perseid meteor shower, as well as look at constellations, planets, satellites and more. If the sky is clear, you will be able to see Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Astronomers will be joining the party to answer questions. This event is free and open to the public. Go online at https://wvstateparks.com/park/beech-fork-statepark/ for more info.
Disc golf tournament
Rotary Park hosts the Van Mans Summer Blowout disc golf tournament on Saturday, Aug. 11. Player sign-in begins at 8:30 a.m. and lasts until 9:30 a.m. in left field of the Babe Ruth field. Tee off is scheduled for 10 a.m.
There are five divisions with pro/open and advance and masters playing both the Indian Rock and the Rotary Park long tees. Intermediate plays Rotary Park’s long and short tees, while recreational and juniors play the Rotary Park shorts and temp shorts for the juniors first round. Cost to enter is $50 for top divisions down to $20 for juniors.
There is a cash payout for the top divisions. There’s a $20 voucher for store players pack for amateurs. Lunch is served around noon with the second round starting shortly after 1 p.m.
Go online at https://tinyurl.com/vanmans for more info.
Fayetteville’s Wild Weekend
Take a hike and ride on the wild side at New River Gorge during the first nature fest, Fayetteville’s Wild Weekend. Beginning on Friday, Aug. 10, and lasting until Sunday, Aug. 12, participants can enjoy educational programs designed specifically for youngsters and adults.
This event is open to the public and most activities will be free. Due to size limitations to provide the best experience, some workshops will require registration and some will have fees.
The festival will flaunt all kinds of nature-inspired activities including sunrise photography for beginners, a foraging hike and forest bathing. Also on the agenda is interaction with wildlife such as snakes, amphibians and ducks. Free hikes accompanied by informational talks are also scheduled for weekend fun along with outdoor yoga and stand up paddle boarding tours, crafts and much more.
Go to visitfayettevillewv.com for a full schedule of events.
Take a lazy river float
Slather up and soak up the sweet August rays of summer as Rebel River Outfitters, based out of Fort Gay, hosts The Lazy Levisa River Float on Sunday, Aug. 12. They will meet at the Louisa, Kentucky, boat ramp at 1 p.m. and shuttle to Chapman, Kentucky, for a five-hour float.
The cost is $10 for shuttle if you have your own float or $25 if they provide you with a kayak or tube. Message or call 606-232-9665 to get your spot booked. Go online at https://www.facebook.com/RebelRiverOutfitters/ for more information.
Paddle for Paws
At 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, Dragonfly Outdoor Adventures, 550 Treasure Cove Road in Greenup, Kentucky, is teaming up with Tri-State K-9 Lifeline to host a paddling event, Paddle for Paws. Profits from this event will go to help raise money and awareness for animal rescue efforts in the Tri-State area.
Registration is $25. Tickets can be purchased at paddleforpaws. brownpapertickets.com. If renting a kayak, tickets must be purchased in advance; however, those bringing their own kayak can buy tickets online or at the event.
Following the paddle, participants will gather around a bonfire to dry out and enjoy s’mores. Participants are asked to bring a camp chair and beverage of choice.
Rapunzel at Fox Fire
Got a princess-loving kid? Head over to the Fox Fire KOA, located at 290 Fox Fire Road in Milton, at 4 p.m. Saturday, when there will be a meet and greet with Rapunzel. Go online at https://koa.com/campgrounds/huntington to find out more about this year-round campground, located between Interstate 64 and U.S. 60 near Milton.
Do go chasing waterfalls
From 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, head over to Play and Paint-Painters, 158 East 2nd Ave. in Williamson, West Virginia, where local photographer and author Randall Sanger is scheduled for a book signing. His new book “Waterfalls of Virginia & West Virginia,” is published by Adventure Publications and available online for $14.95. The book, which is in its second edition features 174 waterfalls in Virginia and West Virginia. Discuss the beauty of the featured landscapes with Randall and others attending.
Find out more about this event and others online at https://www.facebook.com/PaintwithKim/
A panther is loose in the Gorge
Head over to the Lively Family Amphitheater in Oak Hill, West Virginia, at dusk Saturday, Aug. 11, when there will be a free screening of the 2018 Marvel Comics/Disney blockbuster comic book action film, “Black Panther.”
The movie will start at dusk. The film screening is free and open to the public. For more free events, check with the New River Gorge CVB at 800-927-0263
Fishing contest at Beech Fork
Saturday afternoon, cast a line into Beech Fork’s Lake as kids compete in a fishing contest. At 3 p.m., learn more about fishing and how to tie knots with Beech Fork’s naturalist. Meet the naturalist at the boat launch area before the fishing contest to practice before the contest starts. At 4 p.m., kids 14 and under can bring their fishing poles to the dock behind the boat rentals to try and win ice cream.
Celebrate national hunting and fishing day
The Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources invites people of all ages to celebrate hunting, fishing and the great outdoors at the Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort on Saturday, Aug. 11.
Activities and demonstrations will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with free admission into the center during this event. The center features native wildlife in naturalized enclosures. There are also conservation exhibits and paved walking trails through a variety of habitats available.
National Hunting and Fishing Day events at Salato will include 3D archery, air rifles, casting and fishing. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Salato is closed on Sunday, Monday and state holidays.
Except for select events, admission is $5 for adults and $3 for youth 5 to 18. Children under 5 are admitted free.