Pennsylvania Fall Fests

by David Harris , Demand Media

    Autumn is when the days turn cool and the nights become crisp in Pennsylvania. It is a time of apple cider and pumpkins and trees changing into their fall colors. It is also a time to celebrate the changing of the seasons at one of the many festivals throughout the state.

    Southeastern Pennsylvania

    Wine enthusiasts can learn about enology while quaffing wine during the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail Harvest Festival, held in late September. Spread over eight wineries, the festival offers wine tastings, grape stomping, live music and tours. Visit Peddler's Village near Doylestown in early November for its Apple Festival. Going strong for nearly 40 years, the festival features apple pie eating contests, demonstrations on how to make apple cider and apple butter and live music. To get into the holiday spirit, stop by the Pumpkin Days Celebration at the Tyler Arboretum in Media. Bring the family and enjoy Halloween attractions such as the Haunted Barn. Kids will enjoy face painting and arts and crafts.

    Northeastern Pennsylvania

    To enjoy more of the autumn harvest goodness, visit the Pennsylvania Apple 'n Cheese Festival in Canton. Held during the first weekend of October, the festival features local artisans weaving quilts, blowing glass and doing chainsaw carving. Wine and cheese tasting is also offered. The Pocono Mountains are the state's prime place to view the changing leaves and the town of Jim Thorpe holds its Fall Foliage Weekends each weekend in October. Enjoy food from local vendors and live music while enjoying the autumn colors. To learn about Pennsylvania history, visit the Harvest Festival at the Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm. The festival features demonstrations of early American skills and crafts such as making brooms, apple butter and Dutch oven cooking. Re-enactors are also on hand to demonstrate drills of a 19th century Pennsylvania infantry.

    Southcentral Pennsylvania

    For Halloween flavor in southcentral Pennsylvania, visit the Pennsboro Pumpkin Fest in early October. Held in Adams-Ricci Park in Enola, the festival features live music and other entertainment such as comedians, martial arts and magicians. For something a little different, visit the PotatoFest in Ebensburg, PA. Held on the last Saturday of September each year, this potato-themed festival features live entertainment and craft vendors. It is held in Cambria County, one of the largest suppliers of potatoes in the state. Ardentsville's National Apple Harvest Festival has been around for nearly 50 years. Located near Gettysburg, the festival features more than 300 artists, apple bobbing, pie eating contest and a petting zoo. Some of the proceeds go to St. Jude Children's Hospital.

    Northern Pennsylvania

    If you can't get enough of the autumn colors, visit the Pennsylvania State Flaming Foliage Festival. Held the second weekend of October in Renovo, this long running festival has been staged every year since 1949. Featuring food and crafts, the fest also holds a large parade through Renovo. The Flaming Foliage Queen is crowned on the final day. One of the longest running fall festivals in the state is the Bloomsburg Fair. Dating back nearly 160 years, this large fair has everything from rides to horse racing to tractor pull competitions. It is held during the last week of September in Bloomsburg.

    About the Author

    David Harris is a writer living in Portland, Ore. He currently is the editor-in-chief of the online magazine Spectrum Culture. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College.

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