The autumn season officially arrived on Saturday, and with it comes football games, harvest times and turning leaves. As we mark the transition from summer to winter, there are many opportunities to enjoy the fall months in our community and throughout the state.
Hamilton County is home to wonderful pumpkin patches, including Russell Farms, Spencer Farm, Stonycreek Farm and the Stuckey Farm Market. These local pumpkin patches offer a variety of activities beyond finding the perfect gourd. From hayrides, corn mazes, play areas and sweet treats, these farms provide outdoor fun for the whole family.
A local autumn tradition also includes the Potter’s Bridge Fall Festival in Noblesville. Enjoy art and craft booths, live entertainment, tasty treats, a climbing wall and activities for the children from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6.
Conner Prairie hosts an annual Halloween festival with activities, shows and “spooktacular” family fun. The Headless Horseman hayride, 11-acre corn maze, Legend of Sleepy Hollow marionette show, spooky storytelling, and much more, can be enjoyed at Conner Prairie before November arrives. For more information, visit www.connerprairie.org.
For fun outside our community, check out Visit Indiana’s Fall 2018 Official Fun Guide. This guide provides information on u-pick orchards and markets; fall excursions; chills and thrills; wines, brews and spirits; and fall festivals. Among the highlighted events is the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival. As Indiana’s largest festival, this event runs from Oct. 12-21 and offers guided bus tours to historic communities and attractions throughout the west-central county.
Fall excursions include trips to French Lick West Baden, a drive on the Ohio River Scenic Byway or ride on a fall harvest train. For more frightening adventures, there are plenty of haunted houses, scream parks and Halloween-themed attractions throughout the state.
The Fall 2018 Official Fun Guide is available online to view or download at visitindiana.com/fall. While there, don’t forget to participate in the Best of Indiana contest. Let your voice be heard by choosing up to five favorites in three categories, including Best Indiana State Park or Recreation Area, Best Indiana Museum, and Best Indiana Specialty Burger.
Autumn in Indiana is truly spectacular, with changing leaves and bountiful harvests to enjoy with family, friends and neighbors. I hope to see you at a local football game, festival or pumpkin patch, enjoying the season and all that our state has to offer.
-Kathy Kreag Richardson is a Republican State Representative from District 29, which includes Noblesville, and has served in the legislature since 1992. She also is the elections administrator for Hamilton County. You may contact her at h29@in.gov