There is fall under my toes and a pumpkin in my hand

Come on out to the Fall Harvest Festival this weekend at Shaver’s Creek and enjoy some great fall fun!

The majesty of this year’s fall is in full serenade as the winds are whistling through the newly bare tree limbs and familiar crunch is back underneath walking feet. I have officially had my first cup of hot cider and basked in the ambiance of a campfire under a clear fall night. But now, at last, I know it is truly fall when it is once again time for the Shaver’s Creek Fall Harvest Festival featuring the Children’s Halloween Trail!


Our staff is busily working to prepare for this weekend’s festival; a key part of this week leading up the event is pumpkin picking. Yesterday, we went to local farms to collect pumpkins that will be carved up for Thursday’s volunteer pumpkin carving night. We will have even more pumpkins for festival-goers to carve at our pumpkin carving station the days of the festival. People often say that the spirit of the season has not been fully actualized until you have cleaned out the seedy pumpkin pulp and carved a jack-o-lantern smile on your first pumpkin. Please come out and join us for Thursday night, October 20th, from 6 to 9 p.m. to help carve pumpkins that will be used to decorate the nature center and trail in full fall fashion.


Pumpkin carving is always a delight, but even greater than that is attending the festival! So I hope the fall winds bring you out this weekend, October 22nd and 23rd from 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. We will have pumpkins full of fun for the whole family!  One of the most popular features of our festival is the Children’s Halloween Trail, which is a non-scary educational experience, led by guides to meet costumed characters speaking and teaching about how to “Explore the Night”. It is a lot of fun and definitely a must-do of the festival. While the festival is free, tickets for the Halloween Trail are $5 for people ages 4 and older. We suggest purchasing advance tickets for the trail over the phone for time slots on Saturday or Sunday starting at 11 a.m. and going until 3:10 p.m. To buy tickets or for more information, call 814-863-2000 or 814-667-3424.


In addition to the trail, the festival will host a variety of musical acts, local food vendors, a Harvest Bake off, and family activities. So, trail or no trail come on out and be a part of the harvest fun!

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Cheers & pumpkins!
Katie “Karst” Harvey, 2011 Autumn Intern