POINT PLEASANT — Breaking with tradition, the West Virginia State Farm Museum is keeping the lights on just a little bit longer.
The museum’s annual light show was to close on Sunday, after its annual run. The lights are open for only a limited time, in part due to the availability of volunteers who work the gates.
This year, those volunteers have come to the farm museum personnel and offered to work the gates two extra nights. This year, the lights will be on from 6-9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 23 and Saturday, Dec. 24. Admission is still free though those visiting can only drive through the display, no walking the grounds. Also, Santa will not be at the museum Friday and Saturday and the Country Kitchen and Country Store will also be closed. However, the lights, which are the main attraction, will be aglow those two nights.
Farm museum staff have said volunteers at the museum helped make these extra days of the lighting display possible.
This is the last event of the year at the farm museum which officially reopens on April 1, 2017. Then, May 6-7 will be an Antique Gas Engine Show, church service, gospel sing, Antique and Farm Tractor Pull. June 3, July 1, Sept. 3, Nov. 4 are Antique Tractor Pulls. July 29 is the Tractor Parade and Show. Sept. 16 is the Mothman Festival Hay Rides. Oct. 7-8 is the Country Fall Festival, including an Antique Gas Engine Show, Antique Tractor Pull, CEOS Quilt Show, Antique Bottle Show, entertainment, church service, gospel sing.
The Christmas light show returns next year, Dec. 8-17, 2017.
Christmas light displays are also ongoing at Krodel Park in Point Pleasant from 5:30-9 p.m. through Dec. 31; Gallipolis In Lights also continues nightly at City Park throughout the holiday season.
All attractions are free and open to the public. Donations are appreciated but not required at Krodel and the farm museum.