WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – Each year, thousands of Americans travel to Southwest Virginia in order to enjoy the breathtaking fall foliage offered by the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains.

Many visitors will enjoy Wythe County’s scenic byways, +100 miles of hiking trails and some will dare to climb to the top of Big Walker Lookout, a 100’ high observation tower overlooking the Jefferson National Forest.

In an effort to offer even more autumn-related activities to residents of the community, along with the more than 75,000 motorists who pass through the county each day, the Wythe County Department of Parks & Recreation has partnered with Wythe County Tourism to host a pumpkin carving workshop on Saturday, October 3, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The event will be held at William’s Orchard located on U.S. Rt. 11 (W. Lee Highway) between Rural Retreat and Wytheville.

According to Kevin Williams, Wythe County’s Parks & Recreation Director, the workshop will be anything but your typical pumpkin carving class.

Designated as being “Not Your Ordinary Pumpkin Carving Workshop,” students who attend the three-hour session will learn how to make three-tone pumpkin carvings.

“Most everyone knows how to carve triangles and circles into a pumpkin,” said Williams, “This class will teach people how to actually carve intricate designs into pumpkins and attendees of the class will walk away with the knowledge, tools, patterns and ability to carve awesome pumpkins for the rest of their lives.”

Registration for the class is $30, which will included the cost of a pumpkin, professional carving tools, stencils, materials and hands on instructions.

Williams is advising individuals who may be interested in participating to register as quickly as possible, as the class is limited to only 20 participants. Participants must be at least ten-years-old. Deadline for registering is Wednesday, September 30.

Additional community activities hosted by the county in the month of October will include a Bob Ross Painting Class, which will be held in Rural Retreat. Cost of registering for the painting class has been set at $65 and will cover all materials needed.
To register for either of these events, residents should contact Kevin Williams: (276) 223-4519 or rkwilliams@wytheco.org.

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