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Yellowstone River

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Northwest

Oregon

Pacific City

Oct. 3: “Under the Sea” Oregon Coast Scavenger Hunt – bring back treasures from the beach and make a coastal craft.
Oct. 10: “Columbus” – in 1492 Columbus lost his shoe – find it at the scavenger hunt, plus Columbus trivia.
Oct. 17: “Oktoberfest” – beer and root beer social with pretzels and German-style fun and games.
Oct. 31: Halloween festivities and craft.

October 3-4
North Coast Seafood Festival
Located at the Tillamook County Fairgrounds, Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Jeri White at (503) 398-5223

Whalers Rest (Leisure Time)

Oct. 1: MASA presentation with a free dinner in our North Clubhouse at 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 2-3: Crabs Fiddlin’ at the Coast Weekend brings our very own crabbing class at the local docks. The Oregon fiddlers perform in our South Clubhouse at 7 p.m. on Saturday.  You can catch dinner before the show in our North Clubhouse at 5 p.m.
Oct. 9-10: It’s our High Roller Weekend – the stakes are high with our fun Poker Walk. Plan on attending the free blackjack tournament in our South Clubhouse at 7 p.m. Saturday night.
Oct. 31: Whalers Spooky Bingo will start at 6 p.m. in our North Clubhouse. Fun for all ages, free games and fun prizes. Don’t forget to come dressed up for extra prizes.

October 1-4
Jazz at Newport 2009
Great music in the jazz party format at the Newport Performing Arts Center on the central Oregon coast. Headliners include Jeff Clayton, Mimi Fox, Jeff Hamilton, Nicki Parrott and Mickey Roker.  Just 10 minutes north of the preserve. For information visit www.jazzatnewport.org.

Washington

Birch Bay (NACO)

Oct. 10:  2nd Annual October Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner – be sure to sign up in advance and join us for a great time not to be missed.

October 3-4
25th Annual Lynden Lions Club
International Model Train and Circus Builders Show
Enjoyed by thousands each year, this show is one of the largest on the west coast and includes running modules in all gauges of model trains and circus displays. There will also be memorabilia, a swap meet, dealer tables, and workshops.
Event is held at the Henry Jansen Ag. Building, NW Washington Fair, in Lynden. Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday form 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call (360) 354-2993.

Grandy Creek (Leisure Time)

Oct. 31: Halloween Bash – join us on a Haunted Hayride and then visit our Haunted House. Trick or treating and loads of fun!

Through October
Fall Color Festival
The Concrete area is home to some of the most fantastic fall colors in the Northwest – plan to be a leaf peeper this year as the Concrete Chamber hosts the Fall Color Festival in and around our community. The celebration includes music, theater, walks and bike rides, and a Taste & Tour at local wineries and breweries including Birdsview Brewery, Challenger Ridge Winery, Eagle Haven Winery and Glacier Peak Winery.

Oct. 10-13
Concrete Ghost Walk
The Concrete Ghost Walk is a great way to learn about the history of our town and surrounding areas. You’ll hear about (and maybe even meet!) some of the colorful characters from our past. Visit a number of haunted buildings and talk to the locals who will share their stores and theories. May not be suitable for younger children. For more information send email to

La Conner

Oct. 10:  Canadian Thanksgiving – everyone is welcome! We supply the turkey, dressing and potatoes and you bring the veggies and dessert.
Oct. 31: We have so many activities for Halloween including pumpkin carving, site decorating, trick or treat, dance with Norm Lynn and our grand finale -  a trip through our Haunted Forest and Haunted House.
  
October 3-4
11th Annual Festival of Family Farms
Enjoy La Conner when the seasons collide. Select gourds and pumpkins for fall, play on the beach and enjoy the last summer berries and produce and even scope out your Christmas tree. Celebrate the harvest and enjoy an “open barn” celebration featuring farm tours (15 to choose from), including dairy, row crop, animal, organic, orchard, shellfish and more. Hayrides, pony rides, scarecrow making and more. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m.

Long Beach (NACO)

Oct. 17: Pumpkin Baking Contest: Bring your best pumpkin dish and win prizes.
Oct. 31: Pumpkin Carving Contest and Dog Costume Contest

Southwest

California

Lake Minden (NACO)

Oct. 3-5:  Oktoberfest: Join us for a Friday Night Baked Potato Potluck Social and stay for Brown Bag Bingo. Dig in to brats and sauerkraut and enjoy root beer floats. Make a traditional German craft or take a Getting Ready for Christmas beading class. Test your skill at Wii bowling.
Oct. 9-11: Cornucopia:  Come share holiday recipes and cookies and chat over coffee and hot chocolate. Take a Depression Lace Christmas Card class. Test your memory playing a movie trivia game. Show off your mini-golf skills at a mini-golf challenge.
Oct. 16-18: Getting Ready for Ghouls and Boat Races: Share your favorite “not too scary” ghost story at a Baked Potato Social. Enjoy the excitement of the hydroplane boat races. Exchange recipes for ghoulishly fun foods and make Halloween crafts. And if you’re not afraid of things that go bump in the night, join us for a good old-fashioned Barn Dance.
Oct. 23-25: United Nations Day: Bring your favorite covered dish for a Multicultural Potluck Social and share the recipes as we celebrate the diversity of our great nation. Stay for Bingo. Take a Christmas card making class and learn card crafting techniques from different countries as we start making cards for ourselves and for our servicemen and women overseas.
Oct. 30-Nov. 1: Monster Mash Bash: This will be a weekend of ghoulish Halloween fun. Don’t be chilled to the bone – bring your favorite addition for a Chili Potluck Social. On Saturday we’ll have a “scarier by the hour” movie marathon, pumpkin decorating contest (carved, painted and/or dressed), Halloween site decorating and hayride trick or treating.

October 3-31
Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm
Climb aboard the Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm Line Railroad! See and pet farm animals, watch the pigs race, run the Crazy Corn Maze and enjoy a Hay Wagon Ride. Visit Mrs. B’s Country Bakery where everything is made from scratch using pumpkins grown on the farm. Halloween Haven and Gift Shop on site. Admission is free. Free parking opening weekend. Parking is free weekdays and $10 per car on weekends. Located at 1415 Pumpkin Lane, Wheatland, just 19 miles from the preserve. For information call (530) 633-2568 or visit www.bishopspumkinfarm.com

Rancho Oso (NACO)

Throughout October:  Enjoy guided trail rides for beginners to experts, ages 8 and over, and hand-led rides for “little wranglers,” ages 7 and under. Call (805) 683-5110 for ride reservations. Ranch activities include stock dog demonstrations, and the country bears ride the bucking bulls. Country breakfast served Friday through Sunday.

Oct. 10: Ladies Tea Social.
Oct. 17: Chili Cook-off.
Oct. 24: Competitive Trail Ride: Watch trail riders in this new and unique trail-riding event. Bring your own horse and enter.
Oct. 31: Pumpkin decorating, costume contest, trick or treating and dance the night away with Roy Schmeck and the Schmeck-Tones Band. Come in costume and win prizes.

October 10
Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival
Free event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. features boat rides, live entertainment, maritime museum tours, diver demos, and great seafood.
For information, call (805) 897-1962.

Russian River (NACO)

Oct. 2-4
Sonoma County Harvest Fair
The country’s largest regional wine competition and unique celebration of the senses. Event features the best of the best with wines, food, and entertainment for all ages. Also featured are a wine tasting (150+ wineries), microbrew tasting, World Championship Grape Stomp, live jazz, art show and more. Held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. For information and ticket prices, call (707) 545-4203.

San Benito

Oct. 10: Oktoberfest: Come and enjoy an authentic German dinner with music and dancing after with Mike Noonan.
Oct. 17: Enjoy acoustic bluegrass with Kim and Aimee.
Oct. 31: Halloween Parade, plus trick or treating and carnival. Great day of fun.  Come down and win some prizes.

Soledad Canyon

Oct. 24: Halloween Weekend: Our annual Halloween party includes pumpkin carving, costume contests for ages 1-5, 6-12 and 13+, trick or treat around the preserve or pass out candy – either way this is an activity that our members love to participate in. Jonathan the Great will entertain with his magic show. DJ from S.O.S. Entertainment will be playing all our favorite tunes.

Wilderness Lakes (NACO)

Oct. 3:  Roger “Hurricane” Wilson performs, plus fun for the whole family.
Oct. 10: Music by Larry Stevens – come on down and meet new faces and enjoy the entertainment.
Oct. 17: Octoberfest: Have you ever tasted German beer? This is your chance – we’ll have free German beer for everyone over 21, plus root beer for the kids. Stan Wayne in concert.
Oct. 24: Coyote Country DJ plays every type of music you can imagine.
Oct. 31: Halloween Weekend: clowns will be here to paint your face and make balloon critters for you. Costume contest, trick or treating, and pumpkin decorating, plus E&E Animals and Dominic’s Karaoke will allow everyone the spotlight experience. Come and see if you could be the next American Idol.

Texas

Bay Landing (NACO)

Oct. 2-4: Chili Cook-off Time: It’s starting to get cold outside and what a better way to meet new friends and members than over pots of chili! Bring your favorite pot of chili – but be ready because competition is tough here! Prizes awarded.
Oct. 30-31: Halloween Costume Party: Ghosts and goblins come out of the woods here at Bay Landing. Kids’ costume party in the day; adult costume party in the evening. Lots of treats and goodies for everyone all day and night. The night will end with a haunted hayride.

Lake Conroe

Oct. 3-4:  Hobo Weekend/Happy October Birthdays: Dress down for this weekend’s fun. We’re having a “Hobo Dress” contest, a sing-along at the campfire with a marshmallow and weenie roast. We’ll be having a party to celebrate October birthdays in the AC and all are invited. Dinner will be hobo stew so bring a can of soup to the AC by 4 p.m. and then bring your appetite!
Oct. 10-11: Hot and Spicy Chili Cook-off: It’s a chili cook-off. Get out your pots and favorite chili recipe and dazzle everyone with your creation.
Oct. 17-18: Street Dance and Potluck Weekend: Bring your favorite dish to the pavilion to share with your fellow camper and get to know your neighbor! We’ll also be having fun playing washers, horseshoes, basketball and other outdoor activities.
Oct. 24-25: Games, Games and Games Weekend: Bring your favorite game and join in on the fun! We’ll also play Farkle, LRC, and Fruity Bingo. We’ll fire up the Wii for a tournament too!
Oct. 31-Nov. 1: “Spook DeVillage” Weekend: If you dare to be at Lake Conroe this weekend….you will have your socks scared off! We’re having a pumpkin painting contest, a costume contest, tattoos for the kids, apple bobbing, and our famous trick or treat hayride….and when the sun goes down be sure to visit our Spook DeVillage for a hair-raising good time.

Oct. 9-11
Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival
Held in the Square Downtown Conroe, just 4 miles from the preserve, event features arts, crafts, exhibitors and food.

Lake Tawakoni

Oct. 3-4: Breakfast at the Armadillo Café, Bingo at the Family Center, Washer Tournament, Pokeno and Board and Card Games, Sunday Chapel Services.
Oct. 10-11: Breakfast at the Armadillo Café, Card Bingo, Putt-Putt Tournament, Ice Cream Social, Sunday Chapel Services.
Oct. 17-18: Breakfast at the Armadillo Café, What’s Happening Meeting with manager, afternoon games for all, Sunday Chapel Services.

Lake Texoma

Oct. 17:  Peanut Festival Weekend presents Justin Hunter for our evening entertainment. Oct. 31: Halloween Weekend:  Get ready for our annual Halloween Carnival featuring costume contests and games. Don’t forget to tour the Haunted Barn. Entertainment by Smokerise. Loads of fun!

Lake Whitney

Oct. 3: Pioneer Days in Whitney, Texas:  Come join the City for the Arts/Crafts Fair and entertainment all day long. We will need participants to help build and ride our float entry for the Pioneer Day parade. Back at the preserve, we’ll serve burgers for dinner around 5 p.m.
Oct. 10-11: CASI Chili Cook-off Weekend: Chili judges will be needed. On Saturday and Sunday come and see how CASI qualifies participants to enter into the Terlinque November Cook-off each year. See the judges cook then help judge the chili. Event starts Saturday at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 pm. On Sunday, event begins at 10 a.m. and ends around 2 p.m. Too much fun to miss.
Oct. 17: Homecoming Weekend: If you joined Thousand Trails at Lake Whitney then make it a point to be here for this special homecoming. We will be opening the time capsule during the wine/cheese social. Call all your friends to let them know. Homecoming party starts at 1 p.m. with wine/cheese social, picture swapping, picture taking; plus prizes for “who has been member the longest”, “who traveled farthest”, and “who was here when we opened up D-Loop to camp in 1983.”
Oct. 31: Halloween Night: come celebrate with us. Bring your children and/or grandchildren to enjoy our Spook trail, trick or treating, pumpkin carving contest, mask making, spooky storytelling and more.

October 3
Pioneer Days Arts/Crafts Festival and Parade
Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, event features arts and crafts vendors, music, dancing and contesting, plus a small carnival. Held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in downtown Whitney, just 5 miles from the preserve.

Medina Lake

Oct. 3: Oktoberfest Weekend: Join us for root beer chugging and apple bobbing. We’ll have cake with the ice cream social to celebrate October birthdays and anniversaries.
Oct. 11: Columbus Day Weekend: We’ll have a Wii tournament in the afternoon and Super Bingo in the evening. Free cards – great prizes.
Oct. 17:  Tournament Day: Sign up for shuffleboard, mini-golf, ping pong, pool and horseshoe tournaments. Let’s see who’s the Champ! 
Oct. 24: Join us for Brown Bag Bingo and Candy Bar Bingo during the day and in the evening we’ll pop in a movie and pass around the popcorn.
Oct. 31: Halloween Weekend: Come on out for pumpkin carving, piñatas, apple bobbing, costume contests, trick or treat hayrides and our ever-popular Haunted Trail!

October 9-11
Fall Arts and Crafts Show
Sponsored by the San Antonio Riverwalk Association, this arts and crafts show displays some of the most unique handmade merchandise available anywhere. Fantastic finds will include jewelry, pottery and fine art. Enjoy a stroll along the picturesque Riverwalk as you shop. For information call (210) 227-4262 or visit www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com.

East

Maine

Moody Beach (OW)

Oct. 2-4:  October Festival and Trick or Treat Weekend: The fall leaves are beautiful this time of year – how about a nice drive or walk to catch the color! Pumpkin decorating, costume parade, hayride and trick or treats awaits you on Saturday afternoon. Sunday’s pancake breakfast, in the Rec. Hall, is sure to please you and fill you up. Stop by the Country Store for a list of local festivals.
Oct. 9-11: Columbus Day Weekend: Discover all the fun you can have while camping in Maine. Learn about the extended stay programs at Moody Beach. If you’re a football fan, let’s toss around the “pigskin” and get ready for the games.
Oct. 16-18: Thanksgiving Day Weekend: On our final weekend of the season, we would like to give thanks to our OW family that is so special to us. Join us for a potluck turkey dinner – we’ll cook the turkey; you bring a dish to serve 6-8 people.

North Carolina

Forest Lake

Oct. 2-4:  Camper’s Social.
Oct. 9-11: Saturday Night at the Movies.
Oct. 16-18: Soup Day.
Oct. 23-25: Sweet Endings Weekend. 
Oct.30-31: Halloween Weekend: Come out and enjoy a Halloween carnival, costume contest, trick or treating for all and then dance the night away with the Wishful Thinking Band. 

October 9-11
Disney’s “A Christmas Carol” Train Tour
Sponsored by the NC Transportation Museum, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for a behind the scenes look at the magic, the spectacle and the cutting edge technology of Disney’s movie, “A Christmas Carol,” directed by Robert Zemeckis. The train includes several exhibit cards that provide guests an inside look at the making of the movie. For more information, call (704) 636-2889.

Pennsylvania

PA Dutch (OW)

Oct. 9-11: Fall Festival Weekend includes a Pumpkin Patch Hunt in the dark.
Oct. 16-18: Fall Festival Weekend II features pumpkin decorating, costume parade and contest, wagon rides, and trick or treating.

Scotrun (OW)

Oct. 2-4: Cider sipping’, apple bobbing and an apple pie eating contest. It’s harvest time – Johnny Appleseed would be proud.
Oct. 9-12: Celebrate Columbus Day Weekend with us. Take the lead from Columbus and explore the many facets of the Pocono Mountains – check in the Rec. Hall for information.  
Oct. 16-18: Flyin’ High: The Hot Air Balloon and Timber Festival at Shawnee is not to be missed. Beauty and excitement combined in one event.
Oct. 23-25: Amazin’ Fall: Visit a challenging Corn Maze and the bountiful fall markets in our local area. Don’t forget to go pumpkin picking.
Oct. 31:  Ghosts, Ghouls and Goblins! Eek! You never know what’s waiting for you along the Haunted Trail.  Plus, trick or treat, apple bobbing, costume contest and Monster Mash Dance Party round out this special weekend.  Reserve early!

October 10-11
Harvest Festival
Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm
Beekeeping, cider making, broom making, spinning, weaving, basket making, quilting, candle making, woodworking, craft demonstrations, Civil War Encampment and more. Located at the Farm, 1000 Turkey Hill Road, Stroudsburg, approximately 15 miles from the preserve. For information call (570) 992-6161 or visit www.quietvalley.org.

October 16-18
Hot Air Balloon and Timber Festival, Shawnee Mountain
Call (570) 421-7231 for information or visit www.shawneemt.com.

South Carolina

Carolina Landing

Oct. 31: Annual Halloween celebration: Join us for a free dinner as you enter the haunted lodge. Once inside, if not too scared, enjoy the many festivities that will be taking place, including a costume contest, pumpkin carving and more. Afterwards there will be a haunted hayride for the kids as they stroll through the campground, plus haunted trails. Adults will pass out candy along the way. Then stick around because Roger “Hurricane” Wilson will be performing live and unplugged by the campfire.

Tennessee

Natchez Trace (NACO)

Oct. 2:  Gospel Music Jubilee, 7 p.m.
Oct. 10: Oktoberfest Weekend: This weekend will feature a huge flea market stretching all the way to Hohenwald (10 miles), German singers and other live music entertainment, plus old arts and crafts at Meriwether Lewis Park.
Oct. 17: Casino night; 7 p.m.
Oct. 24: Indoor baseball at 7 p.m.
Oct. 31: Howling Halloween Party with kids carnival and hayride; 7 p.m.

Virginia

Chesapeake

Oct. 10: 13th Annual Seafood Festival and Dragon Run Day: Delicious variety of seafood dinners cooked here in our kitchen. Also, RV dealer display, craft bazaar, hayrides, games, displays and other activities and live entertainment throughout the day.
Oct. 31: Annual Halloween Weekend: Decorate your rig for our annual contest. Bring your kids to paint and carve pumpkins during the day and trick or treat at night. Also, costume contests for all ages and a dance at night with Count Dracula himself as our DJ.

Virginia Landing (NACO)

October 10
Chincoteague Oyster Festival
All you can eat oysters and more at the Chincoteague Center, 45 miles from the preserve. For more information, call (757) 336-6161.

Midwest

Michigan

St. Clair

Oct. 17: Halloween Hullabaloo – a spookily special spectacle! Fun and creepy crafts for both kids and adults. Great prizes will be awarded for pumpkin carving (bring your own pumpkin), campsite decorating and creative costumes for kids, adults and dogs. You won’t want to miss trick or treating, the Haunted Hayride or the Devilish DJ Dance.

Ohio

Kenisee Lake

Oct. 3: Fall Festival Weekend: With all the vibrant and colorful leaves on the ground why not grab your camera and snap some photos to share; then head down to the barn for our annual Spaghetti Dinner. Oct. 10: Covered Bridge Weekend: Ashtabula County, home to 16 covered bridges, will be celebrating their annual Covered Bridge Festival this weekend. Tours are available starting at the fairgrounds.

Wilmington

Oct. 2-4: Going Vegas: What happens in Wilmington, stays in Wilmington! Come join us for our Vegas extravaganza where you can treat yourself to our blackjack or poker tables with prizes given to winners. You can also enjoy a night showing of the all the classic Elvis movies. Kids can enjoy a Vegas party just for them - with no grown-ups allowed! Dealers needed.  Sign up at the Lodge. 
Oct. 16-18:  Hallowscream!! Come get your spook on with our site decoration contest and costume parade. Enjoy an outdoor showing of “Coraline” on our big screen. This weekend will be filled with spooky games and trick or treating that is fun for everyone.

October 10-11
40th Annual Ohio Sauerkraut Festival
Sponsored by the Waynesville Area Chamber of Commerce, this event features such unique food offerings as sauerkraut pizza and sauerkraut fudge, plus juried premier craft festival featuring over 450 vendors.  Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Held at Waynesville Main Street, just 12 miles from the preserve. For information, call (513) 897-8855.

British Columbia, Canada

Cultus Lake

Fishing for salmon on the Vedder River is a great pastime in the winter months – Coho, Springs, Chum and of course, the elusive Steelhead trout migrate up the river October through February. Make your reservations now for our Annual Christmas Potluck Dinner on December 12. We will supply the ham and gravy and you bring your favorite meal to feed approximately 10 people. Sign up in the Family Center or call the preserve at (604) 858-3932.