Nestled in the unincorporated community of Unger, West Virginia, lies an expansive parcel of property. A closer look at this property offers passersby a perplexing albeit familiar slice of Americana: the roadside attraction. Massive fiberglass figures, including a lumberjack, a couple of Muffler Men, even Yogi Bear, jut out from the landscape, greeting people from a long-forgotten era
At the fork of the Ohio and Big Sandy rivers in Kenova, West Virginia, former mayor Ric Griffith and his small army of volunteers spend three weeks every year designing, scooping and carving 3,000 pumpkins. After the carving is done, the volunteers decorate the front of Griffith’s Beech Street house and yard with pumpkins of all shapes and sizes.