Historically, Autumn has been a time of harvest and bounty. Although we are not quite the agricultural society we used to be, small towns across America still host Harvest Festivals to celebrate the end of the growing season, and the wonderful sense of togetherness brought on by this time of year. This is the perfect opportunity to pack the kids into the car and head out to really dive head-first into the Fall Season! Cider, pumpkins, and corn stalks, OH MY!
Wonderful Festivals Across America
National Apple Harvest Festival, Biglerville PA
Held during the first two weekends of October, the National Apple Harvest Festival is a wonderful opportunity for all things ‘apple’. Unique attractions include The Apple Auditorium, antique cars, steam engine displays and a petting zoo!
Pecan Harvest Festival, Whiteville NC
Pecans are definitely a part of Southern culture, so of course there’s festivals celebrating this delicious nut! Taking place the first weekend of November, The Pecan Harvest Festival in North Carolina features a cooking contest, Heritage Crafters demonstrations, and tours of some of Whiteville’s most elegant homes.
Sonoma County Harvest Fair, Santa Rosa CA
For over 40 years, folks have gathered at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair to partake in the region’s award winning wines, beers and food. The Grand Harvest Tasting Pavilion features a professional food competition and over 150 wineries are on hand to sample their wares. Oh, and did we mention there’s a World Championship Grape Stomp?! FUN!
The Trailing of the Sheep Festival in Ketchum, Idaho isn’t a “harvest festival” per say, but it’s an amazing celebration of the sheep-herding culture of Idaho and the West, so we think it deserves to be mentioned. Taking place October 5-9, this festival features local culinary specialties, a wool festival (because, sheep, duh,) and you absolutely MUST experience the Sheep Parade! 1,500 sheep are herded straight through town on their way to winter pastures!
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