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10 Fall Festivals You’re Not Too Late For

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It’s the last week in October and you haven’t stopped at a single pumpkin patch, much less made a hayride or braved a corn maze. Not to worry, we found 10 events yet to come with family fun, a slew of competitions, and of course, plenty of food. See if there’s one near you this weekend, and be sure to review these small towns at Best of the Road.

  1. Burjan’s Pumpkin Festival (Flemington, NJ) – The whole family can come out for five weekends leading up to Halloween. Every Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm, Burjan’s Farm transforms its grounds with fall festivities including a pumpkin patch, hayrides, food booths, a corn maze, classic cars, and live music.
  2. Canyonville Pumpkin & Music Celebration (Canyonville, OR) – On Saturday, October 28th, 2011 head to Pioneer Park for live music, a pumpkin weigh-off, animals from Wildlife Safari, and free hay rides provided by community merchants to benefit local charities. Attendees can compete in contests from pumpkin carving, pie eating and seed spitting, to the best tall tales, scarecrows, or recipes. The celebration also offers an antique and classic car show, beer and wine garden, and kids shows.
  3. Forneris Farms Harvest Fest (Mission Hills, CA) – From October 8-31, explore Froneris Farm’s pumpkin patch, corn maze, petting zoo, and farm market. Enjoy a tractor train ride, pony rides, live entertainment, and a guess the pumpkin weight contest from 9 am to 6 pm daily.
  4. Greenbelt Pumpkin Festival (Greenbelt, MD) – On the last weekend of October, Greenbelt residents have thrown a Friday night carving party and Saturday evening pumpkin walk for over 20 years. The annual event is free and brings the community together to carve pumpkins that will light the path for a traditional trail walk. A benefit concert provides entertainment while carving and both events are free.
  5. Newcastle’s Great Pumpkin Festival (Newcastle, OK) – On October 29, 2011 from 9 am to dusk, join the community for hay and corn mazes, hayrides, a pumpkin bake-off and chili cook-off, tricycle races, a petting zoo and pumpkin patch, and varied entertainment.
  6. Omaha Fall Fest and Chili Cook-Off (Omaha, TX) – The weekend of October 28-29, 2011, the small town of Omaha hosts a parade, costume contest, chili cook-off, and assortment of food booths. The fest is also home of the Halloween Hustle 5k run and .5k kids run, and the Ms. Omaha competition with categories for all ages.
  7. Pond Hill Farm Fall Harvest Festival (Harbor Springs, MI) – Every Saturday and Sunday in October from 11 am to 6 pm, Pond Hill Farm invites families to enjoy hayrides, a pumpkin patch and pumpkin painting, farm animals, pig races, and a squash rocket. Savor fall treats like apple cider, caramel apples, and donuts as well. Don’t miss the Halloween Barn Dance on Friday, at 7 pm, for live music, square dancing, a dinner and bonfire.
  8. Punkin Chunkin Festival (Millsboro, DE) – Millsboro is host to the annual World Championship Punkin Chunkin competition each year on the first weekend in November. From Nov. 4-6, 2011 teams from all over the country will see whose contraption can launch a pumkin the furthest. In addition to watching the contest, visitors can see beauty pageants, cooking contests, and a chili cook-off. The proceeds benefit local charities and organizations.
  9. Sarasota Pumpkin Festival (Sarasota, FL) – On Oct 28-30, 2011 Sarasota County hosts its 3rd annual Pumpkin Festival to raise funds for the All Children’s Hospital. Head to the Sarasota Country Fairgrounds from noon to 10 pm for trapeze and acrobat shows, pie-eating contests, hayrides, a haunted house, the trademark pumpkin tower, trick-or-treating for kids, and a pumpkin patch and maze. Tickets are free from any local business and the festival is fun for all ages.
  10. Sycamore Pumpkin Festival (Sycamore, IL) – October 26-30, 2011 marks the 50th annual Sycamore Pumpkin Festival. The event creates an opportunity for local non-profits to raise money each year and crams a wide variety of events into a fun-filled schedule. Kids, teens, and parents alike can indulge in four days of carnival rides, a parade, crafts, a road run, food booths, olympics, concerts, fireworks, a golf scramble, and a blood drive.

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