Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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September 28, 2013

Autumnfest: Fun for all ages in Princeton

— — Fall may officially be here, but there is still plenty of fun and games to be enjoyed today in the city of Princeton. The eighth annual Princeton AutumnFest gets underway at 10 a.m. this morning with a full day of fun and games for all ages.

Sponsored by the Princeton-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce, Autumnfest has grown into a welcomed regional attraction for the greater Princeton area. We would encourage all area families looking for something to do today to travel to Princeton, and participate in the day-long celebration.

The festival also provides an opportunity for area residents to check out all of the improvements and renovations that have been ongoing on Mercer Street in recent months,  according to Keith Circle, executive assistance at the Princeton-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce. Much of that work has been accomplished in recent weeks through the volunteer efforts of members of the Princeton Renaissance Project.

One of the key projects the group is working to tackle is a restoration and transformation of the former Lavon Theater on Mercer Street as a movie theater and playhouse. The work is part of a larger initiative aimed at jump- starting economic development and redevelopment in downtown Princeton.

The artist alley, a new attraction on Mercer Street being undertaken by a team of volunteer artists, also will be open today so that visitors to the festival can watch as local artists continue to work on the different murals.

Today’s festival activities will include a parade, a dog show, a talent show, a pumpkin cook-off, a “Hee Haw” presentation by the East River Ruritan Club, a Texaco Showdown, a Zumba party, apple butter making presentations and a variety of food vendors and musical performances. Today’s activities will even include a “best beard” contest starting at 1 p.m. with the winner receiving a special “Duck Dynasty” package from Walmart in Princeton.

And it wouldn’t be a Princeton AutumnFest without the scarecrow contest. The grand winner of the city’s scarecrow contest will be announced this afternoon as well. Area businesses across the greater Princeton area are displaying scarecrows as part of the fall festival contest.

We would love to see a large crowd today in downtown Princeton for the AutumnFest celebration. If you are looking for something to do this afternoon, or to simply celebrate the official arrival of fall, please consider visiting today’s AutumnFest celebration. There will be plenty of activities, and old-fashioned fun, for all ages.


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