By Alex Gladu, Writer
From Halloween to harvest time, October is full of fall fun. When you’re celebrating around town with your family and friends, make sure to keep the focus local by seeking out new local restaurants, shops and adventures along the way. That way, you’ll experience the best of the season and the best of the community. To get started, consider adding these locally focused events to your fall calendar.
Hawley Harvest Hoedown
Friday, October 2-Sunday, October 4, 2015
To kick off the month of October and the fall season, the Downtown Hawley Partnership will host its annual Hawley Harvest Hoedown, with a weekend full of activities. Several local businesses will welcome patrons in with discounts and special programs, including a glass demonstration at a local jewelry store and a bluegrass and folk concert at a local theater. There will also be a Scarecrow Contest, and the local fire department will host a farmer’s market. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit www.hawleyharvesthoedown.com.
Friday, October 9-Saturday, October 10, 2015
Centerfest is all about bringing the community out in celebration of Centertown. Two days of activities will take place in Centertown — a.k.a. downtown — Bedford, including a classic car cruise-in, a movie under the stars and plenty of local food. There will also be a sock-hop-style dance held in the city’s main intersection, the corner of Main and Bridge Streets. Whether you plan to dance, cruise or dine your night away downtown, Centerfest continues a 30-year tradition for the community’s more than 10,000 attendees. Find out more information at www.centertownbedford.com.
Made in South Dakota
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Rapid City, South Dakota
Along with support from South Dakota State University and a local farmers’ initiative called Hungry for Truth, Main Street Square will host a daylong, “culture-rich” event that celebrates all things South Dakota. There will be music, exhibits, food and other treats that showcase the state. Throughout October, Rapid City’s Main Street Square will also host a family-fun Halloween event and a craft beer festival. Find details on all of the month’s celebrations at www.mainstreetsquarerc.com.
Yellow Leaf Arts Festival
Saturday, October 24-Sunday, October 25, 2015
St. Francisville, Louisiana
In southern Louisiana, fall doesn’t always look as yellow and orange as it does in other parts of the country. But in St. Francisville’s Parker Park, yellowing leaves inspire an entire weekend of celebration. The Yellow Leaf Arts Festival will feature live music from local bands and art displays by local artists. There will also be a photography contest that highlights the beauty of Louisiana wildlife. For more information, visit www.stfrancisvillefestivals.com.
Night of the Great Pumpkin
Thursday, October 29, 2015
The Thursday before Halloween, more than a thousand kids are expected to take over the streets of downtown Beatrice for this trick-or-treating event. Every year, the Night of the Great Pumpkin features a Scary Scream Contest, free pumpkins and family-friendly games, all while kids of all ages meander through downtown to trick-or-treat at local businesses. It’s a great opportunity for kids to show off their Halloween costumes and for local merchants to show off their businesses. For more information, visit www.mainstreetbeatrice.org.
Even if you don’t find yourself near one of these events during the month, there’s bound to be plenty of fall-themed entertainment happening in your own community. Check with your town’s Main Street group or stop by your favorite local business to ask what fun you can add to your calendar throughout October.
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About the Author
Alex recently graduated the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with B.A.s in Journalism and Spanish. Since becoming a writer for Independent We Stand, she has fully adopted the ‘buy local’ lifestyle. Her favorite indie business is Sugarland, a bakery in Chapel Hill, N.C, where she has been known to go a little cupcake crazy. She hopes to attend law school and pursue a career in nonprofit or political communication.