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Dave's Drive-Through Weekend

Dave's Drive-Through Weekend

Dave’s Drive-Through Weekend

Your Guide to the Weekend

It's Spring and this is no time to play it safe, here's a bunch of great ways to take a ride on wild side this spring weekend.

Turning City Hall Into a Circus
The Fifth Avenue Theatre Company is literally turning Huntington City Hall into a circus as they present the high-flying circus-themed modern musical, "Barnum."
Starring the Portsmouth-based troupe Cirque D’ Art Theatre "Barnum," will go up at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 17-18 as well as 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 19 at the Jean Carlo Stephenson Auditorium at City Hall. The JCS Auditorium is located at 800 Fifth Ave., Huntington, on the second floor. 
The show will also run next weekend, April 24-26 as well. Get there early as the show will include jugglers, clowns and circus-themed entertainers in the lobby before the show. Tickets are $15 and $10 for kids ages 12 and under.
"Barnum" is a musical based on the life of showman P. T. Barnum, covering the period from 1835 through 1880 in America and major cities of the world where Barnum took his performing companies.
For more information, call director Eddie Harbert at 304-360-2749.

Ramp It Up!
Go get ya a mouthful of Appalachia's wildest plant as The Wild Ramp, the cool local foods market at 555 W. 14th St., hosts Stink Fest, an inaugural ramp festival, set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 18. The festival will feature food vendors and musical acts, a ramp bake-off and ramp-centered food items for sale.

If you want to some ramps original recipe in West Virginia, head east to the mountains as Richwood hosts its 77th annual Feast of the Ramson in Richwood, W.Va, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18. An arts and crafts show will take place in the 
Call 304-846-6790; Email at rwdchamber@frontier.com and go online at www.richwoodchamberofcommerce.org.

Swap It Up in Lucasville
Go and channel your inner American Picker at one of the wildest flea markets anywhere, the almost famous Lucasville Trade Days that is set to run Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19 at the Scioto County Fairgrounds in Lucasville, Ohio (just north of Portsmouth along U.S. 23).
Hours are 3 to 7 p.m. Friday (early bird) and then regular hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Admission is $2 Friday and $1 Saturday and Sunday with kids 12 and under getting in free.
There's also camping $35 for the weekend and vendor space is $35 outside and $50 inside. Call 937-728-6643 for more info or go online at www.lucasvilletradedays.com.

Snakes Alive At Natural Bridge
A spring isn't a spring until you accidentally almost step onto a moving stick along the trail.
Yep, it's snake season and Natural Bridge State Resort Park celebrates in style as they host Herpetology Weekend, Friday and Saturday, April 17-18. This weekend is a great way to learn about some of nature’s most misunderstood critters: snakes, lizards, turtles, salamanders and frogs.
On Saturday, April 18, experienced herpetologists will lead morning and afternoon field trips into the Red River Gorge and surrounding areas to observe reptiles and amphibians in their native habitat. This is a great opportunity for the entire family to come enjoy nature and see some fairly secretive wildlife up close and personal!
All field trips depart from the Hemlock Lodge lobby. Saturday morning trips will stagger starts from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and the Saturday afternoon field trips will stagger starts from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Evening presentations by leading experts in the field will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Woodland Center. A live reptile show will be presented by the staff of the Kentucky Reptile Zoo on Saturday night.

Take A Walk on the Wild Side
Folks love flowers but if you like your flowers a little wilder than a spring pansy or petunia, head into the woods at Carter Caves State Resort Park where they will host its Wildflower Pilgrimage Weekend April 17-19.
Enjoy a full slate of wildflower and wildlife walks, van tours and canoe trips throughout the weekend.
Admission to field trips and workshops is $15 and $10 for children (ages 6-12). Guests will sign up for programs at the park Friday night or Saturday morning. Evening programs will also be scheduled. Registration is required since space is limited.
For a detailed agenda, visit: http://parks.ky.gov/calendar/details/carter-caves-wildflower-pilgrimage/18395/
An overnight package including two nights’ lodging and registration for two is $169.95 (plus tax). The campground also will be open. Call the park at 606-286-4411 to register.

Dave Trippin: My road-trip pick this weekend is to head down the Country Music Highway to Pikeville, Kentucky, where they are hosting the annual Hillbilly Days, one of Kentucky's largest festivals. Don't miss the world famous parade at 2 p.m. Saturday at this Shriner's-organized fest that raises money for the Shriners Hospital of Lexington.
Just a few highlights include fireworks Friday, cornhole tourney and carnival Thursday through Saturday, quilt shows, arts and crafts, Country outlaw Jamey Johnson on Saturday night, and such great local acts as Coaltown Dixie, the all-female bluegrass band straight out of Pikeville, play four times Friday and Saturday.
Go online at www.tourpikecounty.com to find out more about Hillbilly Days as well as other cool things to do and see in Pike County from whitewater rafting and ziplining to Hatfields and McCoys tours and go online at www.hillbillydays.com for more info on the fest as well.

Dave Lavender is the author of "Dave Trippin: A Daytripper's Guide to the Appalachian Galaxy of Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia" and is nearly completed with a new travel book, "Mo' Dave Trippin." He covers regional travel. Follow The Herald-Dispatch reporter on Facebook and Twitter @DaveLavenderHD.