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Plenty of fall fun this weekend and beyond in Belmont County

Photo Provided THE EXPERIENCE Church held its annual Trunk or Treat last week at Bridgeport Schools with more than 250 people attending. A trunk or treat is set for 6 p.m. Oct. 20 at Bellaire Village Park. Fall fun this weekend and beyond

MARTINS FERRY — Although Halloween is just around the corner, there are plenty of fall events for children and adults alike this weekend and beyond.

In Martins Ferry, the annual Fall Craft and Vendor Fair is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Martins Ferry Recreation Center on Fourth Street. A variety of artists, vendors and crafters will be set up in the center’s second floor gymnasium.

Also in Martins Ferry, the first Ferry Fall Fest is slated from noon to 10 p.m. Oct. 23 at City Park on Zane Highway. The event will feature food, music, bounce houses, a pumpkin patch and more. There is a wristband for a fee to use the amusements. The event is sponsored in part by the Martins Ferry Lions Club.

In the Jerusalem area, the Captina Creekin’ Festival will take place starting at noon Oct. 16. The free festival will feature activities on the creek, hay rides, food, an art auction and educational booths. Live music will be provided by Bluegrass band Almost Famous.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of Captina Creek.

In Bellaire, the Bellaire Planning Committee is set to again host its Trunk or Treat starting at 6 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Village Park. Attendees are also invited to donate a non-perishable food item during the event that will be given to the local food pantry.

In Bethesda, the Bethesda Fall Fun Fest is set to take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 30. The festival will feature food, craft vendors and much more. The event precedes the village’s trick-or-treat session slated from 6-7:30 p.m.

Festival highlights include:

∫ 11 a.m., cake walks begin;

∫ noon, pet costume contest;

∫ 1 p.m., weiner dog races;

∫ 2 p.m., Goblin Fun Run for children 4-6 years old and at 2:30 p.m. for kids 7-10 years old

∫ 3 p.m., pumpkin pie eating contest; and

∫ Throughout the day there will also be a pumpkin decorating station, wildlife education, crafts for kids, balloon animals, a pirate treasure hunt and visits with Valley Spiderman and the Ohio Valley Avengers.

Prior to trick-or-treating, a costume parade will be held at 5:30 p.m. with the parade lineup starting at 5 p.m. at the entrance to Epworth Park. A costume contest also is slated to be held following the parade with trophies awarded. The evening will wrap up with a showing of The Nightmare Before Christmas at the park after trick-or-treating.

In Bridgeport, the Bridgeport Church of God, 859 National Road, is slated to hold its trunk or treat from 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 30. This event is co-sponsored by the church and the Brookside Park District.

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