We are coming up on many people’s favorite time of the year, including my own, autumn. With autumn come the fall festivals here in Indiana, as in other cities and states as well. Here in Indiana we get the fabulous fall colors on the trees, the crisp cool air, beautiful orange moon’s that glow brightly, and amazing festivals. The early one we attend actually falls the middle of September here in our little town of Spencer, Indiana. It is called the Apple Butter festival but of course that is just one of the many things you will find at this event. The festival has many vendors, some from out of town, but many from right here in our area selling the items they have spent the past year making. The festival also has a small parade and a fall demolition derby. The derby is one of our family’s favorite, usually the weather is cooler so although, I, as many others have health problems that prevent me from being out in the heat and humidity to attend the demo during the county fair, I am able to attend this one. Another reason to visit your community fall festival is to enjoy many of the favorite seasonal food items, the Carmel Apples, the Persimmon or pumpkin Ice Cream, pumpkin bread, apple cider and other various foods and drinks.
Then there is the entertainment. Above the parade and demolition derby many of the festivals have stages set up and local musicians will perform as people mingle around the booths, stop to visit and chat with friends or just sit around together and enjoy the performance.
The great thing about Indiana is so many communities have different fall festivals spread out from mid-September to the end of October and although they have the same theme and some of the same items there are always differences as well. Some will have a corn mazes, scarecrows, fodder shocks (dead corn stalks bundles together), pumpkins to purchase, pumpkin carving contests and bobbing for apples.
Above all, the greatest enjoyment these festivals provide is the chance to see many of our friends and family within the community, some that we see frequently at church or other community events and some we only get to see a few times a year when we run into each other at one of the bigger community events like the county fair or the fall festival.
No matter what your plans are for this coming autumn I suggest you check your local newspaper or your state website and search for a local fall festival in your area and take some time out to enjoy the atmosphere.