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Yellowstone River

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Northwest

BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA

Cultus Lake

Sept. 3-5: Fun for the whole family! Enjoy the different events such as the Jello eating contest, egg spoon race, adults raw egg toss and much more. It is a great way to spend the weekend before school starts. Events start at 2 p.m. and go to 4 p.m. As this will be the last meal of the season the cook is going to surprise us with a selection of entrées. Chili, hamburgers, hot dogs, spaghetti and who knows what else! Have one or some of each, for one price (some items may be limited). At 7 p.m. it's the very popular Karaoke time with Danielle in the Rec. Centre. We will wave checkout time on Labor Day and hope all kids and adults will join in on the annual clean up of the preserve and enjoy a free hot dog in exchange for a bag of garbage picked up. Starts at 11 a.m. and the hot dogs will be served from 12-1 p.m.

Sept. 24: Every year we celebrate Thanksgiving at the park a couple of weekends before the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. We will supply the turkey and stuffing and would like you to bring your favorite side dish. We will put up a signup sheet for number of people coming and what they are bringing. Please sign up before 2 p.m. on Saturday. This will be a rotating potluck which works well and gets the members together for a wonderful meal. Dinner will start at 4 p.m.

OREGON

Pacific City

Sept. 3: Murder Mystery Weekend: Try your luck all afternoon with our PC Hitchcock's infamous Murder Mystery. Tune up your investigative skills "Sherlock Holmes" to solve "Who Dunnit!"

Sept. 4: Lee King provides easy listening entertainment at the Family Lodge.

Sept.10: Cook-Off Daze. Bring your best chili or clam chowder for the cook-off. Wine and cheese, soda and snacks social.

South Jetty

September is our 2011 Pool Tourney!

Sept. 22: Annual 9-Ball tourney with prizes.

Sept. 23: Annual Jack and Jill Pool tourney.

Sept. 24: Annual Singles Pool tourney.

Sept. 25: Annual Doubles Pool tourney.

September 3-4
S.T.E.P. (Salmon-Trout Enhancement Program) Salmon Derby
Held in Winchester Bay, just 25 miles from the preserve, event includes daily prizes awarded for the biggest salmon.

September 9-11
Annual Invitational Rods n' Rhodies Car Show
The city of Florence and local businesses invite you to the Annual Invitational Rods n Rhodies Car Show (1972 and older). It's going to be a weekend of fun. What better way to celebrate the end of the rodding season in the Northwest! Held in Florence, just 1 mile from the preserve.

Whalers Rest

Sept. 2-4: Mardi Gras Weekend: On Saturday at 2 p.m. in the South Clubhouse we will be having a Mardi Gras party for all ages. Don't forget to sign up for dinner served in our North Clubhouse. After a great dinner Wayne Graber will entertain you in our South Clubhouse at 7 p.m.

Sept. 9-11: Who Let The Dogs Out at Whalers Rest this weekend? Join along with your pets for a great fun-filled weekend. We will be holding a pet parade Saturday at 1 p.m. So get ready for all the fun!

Sept. 16-18: Grandparents Unite Weekend! Friday morning we'll be looking for you to bring your grandkids' photos to post for everyone to enjoy. On Saturday at 2 p.m. will be our hosting our Grandparents Brag Party in our South Clubhouse. Come join the fun as we play some fun games and win prizes.

Sept. 23-25: Happy Days Weekend: We are going to be bringing back the real rock and roll. Be sure to plan on attending the 50s Party Saturday at 2 p.m. in the South Clubhouse. Well be serving up Root Beer Floats and lots of fun games!

Sept. 30-Oct. 2: Viva Las Vegas is rolling in the Cards and Dice for a fun-filled weekend. We are having our favorite, and crazy, Blackjack Tournament. It will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in our South Clubhouse.

WASHINGTON

Birch Bay

Sept. 3: Happy UnBirthday Tea Party.

Sept. 9: Thousand Trails Family Potluck, beginning at 5 p.m.

September 3
2nd Annual Maple Falls Car & Motorcycle Show and Rod Run

Event features Car/Truck/Motorcycle Show ‘n Shine, trophies, raffle prizes, poker walk, live band, food vendors and Rod Run to Artist's Point (immediately following awards presentation). Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Held in downtown Maple Falls, just 23 miles from the preserve. For reservations call 1-800-709-7669. Cost is $10 per vehicle and proceeds benefit Mt. Baker Lion's Club. Spectators FREE. Club participation encouraged!

La Conner

Sept. 2: Last hayride of the season. Amy Hindman will be singing at the campfire.

Sept. 3: Flower Power Weekend: Come to the Front Lawn to make your tie-dye. Saturday night dance with our favorite DJ Charlie Moore.

Sept. 4: Back to School Party for the kids, plus games, food, and dancing on the front lawn with DJ Charlie Moore.

September 23 - December 31
Paint Me a River, Tool Paint Me a River
A unique exhibit at the Skagit County Historical Museum. The exhibit features the work of local artists and their personal interpretations of some facet of local history in a variety of mediums. All works will be available for purchase. Skagit County Historical Museum is located at 501 S. Fourth Street, La Conner. For information call (360) 466-3365.

Long Beach

September 3-5
6th Annual Chinook Art Festival

Juried arts and crafts featuring blown glass, stained glass, photography, jewelry, oil & watercolors, pottery and more! Just 5 miles from the preserve.

September 10-11
Rod Run to the End of the World
Sponsored by the City of Ocean Park, this is an Annual Classic Car Show that features thousands of automobiles, from Model As to the muscle cars of the 60's and 70's. Main events are held at Wilson Field in Ocean Park, but the cars will be seen all over the Peninsula. Held at Wilson Field, less than 15 miles from the preserve.

Mount Vernon

Sept. 2: T.G.I.F. Seafood Dinner.

Sept. 3-4: Wenatchee Youth Circus.

Sept. 10: Grandparents Day.

September 10-11
Founders Day
Sedro-Woolley celebrates its wild and woopin' past with a reenactment of a famous robbery, games, a museum open house and honors one of the pioneering families. For more information visit www.sedro-woolley.com.

Paradise

Sept. 2: Mickey & Minnie Mouse will be here all weekend, plus breakfast, kids activity time, Crafter's Sale, hayride, movie night on our 8-foot big screen.

Sept. 3: Breakfast, Crafter's Sale, Last Round-up Carnival, hayride, hot dog roast (provided), you bring the marshmallows and drink to the ole' campfire with Marcia Guerian playing guitar and a sing-a-long.

Sept. 4: Breakfast, paddleboat races around Honey Moon Island, lunch on the grill, hayride, movie in The Hanger.

Sept. 9: Kids activities, card Bingo, and hayride.

Sept 10: Breakfast, kids activity time, ladies crafts, lunch and hayride.

Sept 23-25: Kids activity time, ladies craft time, hayrides.

Sept. 30-Oct. 2: Kids activity, ladies crafts, fishing, hayrides, Ice Cream Socials.

California

CALIFORNIA

Idyllwild

Sept. 2-5: Summer is almost over, kids are returning to school so why not join the Idyllwild Staff for one last fun weekend in the mountains. We will be having a "Fish Us Clean" Tournament, a variation of Minute to Win It game. Plus, fun crafts for everyone and fun games at the pool. We'll end our season with entertainment by Sandii Castleberry.

September 3-5
Family Fun Weekend at the Nature CenterHeld at the Idyllwild Nature Center, from 10 a.m. to1 p.m., this is a weekend filled with fun activities that include dogs, reptiles and bugs. Nature Center is located at 5225 Highway 243, in Idyllwild, just 3 miles from the preserve.

Lake of the Springs

Sept. 2-4: RV Show with ET Quality RV, craft and variety fair.

Sept. 2: Adult Money Bingo.

Sept. 3: Kids' Fishing Derby, tie-dye, family hayride, family campfire with John Carter, Family Dance with the Diamondback Band and Teen Dance with DJ Eric.

Sept. 4: Waterslide Fun, family campfire, Family Dance with Jim Hunter Band and Teen Dance with DJ Eric

Sept. 10, 17, 24: Family Campfire with John Carter and Family Dance with DJ Eric.

Lake Minden

Sept. 2-5: Labor Day/1950s Sock Hop: Fun for the whole family. Join us Friday night for a Hoagie Sandwiches & Root Beer Potluck Social, followed by Brown Bag Bingo. Make a hip 50s craft or compete in a paddleboat race. Compete in Bubble Gum Blowing and Hula-Hoop Contests.

Sept. 9-11: Grandparents Day: Celebrate Grandparents Day with an old-fashioned Potluck and Pie Lunch Social. On Saturday join us for Candy Bar Bingo and the Ice Cream Social. We'll play a variety of card games and board games. Take a craft class, then show off your favorite photos in a pocket-sized Brag Book you make yourself. These are so cute that you may want to make one for a friend.

Sept. 16-18: Bubble Blast Weekend and RC Boat Races: Who doesn't love bubbles? Be careful that your root beer float doesn't bubble over at our Friday Night Dinner Social. Saturday we'll be painting with bright colored bubbles, blowing gigantic bubbles and have bubble gum blowing contests.

Sept. 23-25: Crafter's Holiday: Join us for a weekend of crafting. We'll have tables set up for jewelry making (various projects), beaded ornaments, and a variety of craft projects. Sign up early for specific projects. Don't forget the Friday Night Potluck Social and Brown Bag Bingo and Saturday Candy Bar Bingo and the Ice Cream Social.

Sept. 30-Oct. 2: Puzzle Me This and RC Boat Races: Friday night we'll put together a Puzzling Potluck Social. Bring a mystery addition and we'll put together an evening of fun. Can your team finish a 500-piece puzzle the fastest? Join the Puzzle Race and find out! Puzzle a photo frame or do other puzzling crafts projects. Clueless? How about a puzzling game of Clue? Hope you're not too puzzled to take in a bead class.

September 7
Crafters' and Vendors' Boutique
Take a break from the stresses of the day and indulge in a little shopping therapy at the Crafters' and Vendors' Boutique. Shop for handcrafted items including jewelry, bookmarks, clothing, purses, home décor and unique, one-of-a-kind items. Held at the Laughing Lotus Event Center in Marysville, just 19 miles form the preserve. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Palm Springs

Sept. 15: Preserve opens for 2011/2012 season. Join the Recreation Staff on Friday and Saturday nights for Movie Night, with FREE popcorn. Please bring your own drink.

Water Aerobic classes will also begin in September.

Throughout September
College of the Desert Street Fair
Every Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., this street fair offers a variety of vendors, gourmet goodies, arts & crafts, clothing, accessories, local farmers' market and much more. Sponsored by the College of the Desert. Event is held at corner of Monterey Avenue & Fred Waring Drive in Palm Desert, just 5 miles from the preserve. For information call (760) 568-9921.

September 24
Carlos Mencia at The Show

Carlos Mencia, superstar/stand-up comedian, is undoubtedly one of today's most lauded entertainers known for his man-on-the-street interviews. Event begins at 8 p.m. at the Agua Caliente Casino, 32250 Bob Hope Drive in Rancho Mirage, just 5 miles from the preserve.

Ponderosa

September 16-18
American River Music Festival
The 5th Annual American River Music Festival presents the "finest in Americana" in Northern California. Performances and workshops take place at the riverfront main stage, in three riverfront campgrounds, on our guided river hike, our whitewater river trip and hot spots throughout the friendly community of Coloma. This year's performers include James McMurtry, Truth and Salvage, The Band of Heathens, Blame Sally, Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand, Keith Greeninger, Jill Knight, Elliot Randall and the Deadmen, The Brothers Comatose, Ma Muse and many more. Held in Coloma, less than 2 miles from the preserve. For more information call (530) 622-6044.

Rancho Oso

Every Saturday: from 11 a.m. to noon come on down to the arena and watch the stock dogs herding sheep and cattle and stay for the bucking bull demo! Get up close and personal with our "baby" bulls as we prepare them for a future in rodeo! A definite photo op!

Every Weekend: Join the fun and hop on board the famous Rancho Oso hay wagon to take a tour of the beautiful resort! They will drop off at the barn for the dog & bull demo and barn tour. Don't forget to call the stables and book your unforgettable horseback ride for ages 8 & over. Of course, you can get the little buckaroos their first ride on a big horse, led by one of our friendly wranglers too! The wild flowers are blooming, and the weather is perfect for hiking, riding, lounging by the pool or touring our local wineries. Later in the day, join us for wine tasting at the Adult Lodge, or come by the Stone Lodge for the Ice Cream Social to make your favorite sundae! Keep the weekend sweet with our Candy Bar Bingo too!

September 16-18
Solvang Danish Days
Plan to visit Solvang for the 2011 Danish Days Celebration, sponsored by the Solvang Danish Days Foundation. We welcome visitors from around the world to join our celebration, as we reflect on our Danish culture in the 100 years of Solvang's existence. Danish Days is an open invitation for guests and locals to celebrate the history of our beautiful town, enjoy our Danish hospitality, and recognize our strong ties to our Danish heritage. Various events and activities throughout the weekend. For more information call (805) 688-6144 or visit www.solvangusa.com/explore-solvang/what-to-do/danish-days.

San Benito

Regular Friday Night Spaghetti Feed now includes rice and fish on menu. Serving begins at 6 p.m. at Reba's Cafe in the Family Lodge. Every Saturday and Sunday, from 8:30 to 10 a.m., we have breakfast with a full menu. The first and third Saturday is our Manager's Meeting at 11 a.m. On the second and fourth Saturday we have 9-Ball tournaments for teens and adults and crafts every Friday and Saturday. Ice Cream Socials are every Thursday through Sunday at 2 p.m. We also have non-denominational Sunday services at 11 a.m.

Sept. 3: Our season is winding down and this is our last 3-day weekend. Labor Day dinner includes BBQ Tri-tip, chili beans, baked potato, corn bread, salad and dessert. Of course, we have some wonderful sounds after dinner with the Trailride Band, a local group that plays a lot of rodeos in the area.

Sept. 5: We've got a Get-Away Breakfast planned from 8:30 to 10 a.m. so you won't have to cook before you head home.

Sept. 10: It's one of those wonderful warm evenings and just perfect for our Outdoor Movie. Bring your lounge chair, air mattress, or sleeping pallet and kick back, take your shoes off and enjoy. We show our movies at our outdoor pavilion in A Section of the preserve. Popcorn is served and it's free.

Sept. 17: Come on down to the Family Lodge and relax with a good old American dinner that includes pot roast, potatoes and carrots, salad and dessert. Afterward, relax and enjoy the sounds of Mike Noonan and do a little listening and a little dancing. He also takes requests.

Sept. 24-25: It's our annual Fall Horseshoes Tournament. Players come in from all over California to play. Great group of people and lots of fun. We have BBQ lunches every day on the patio of our Country Store and on Saturday night we have a happy hour then potluck. Everyone is invited for a great time.

September 30-October 2
San Benito County Fair

Sponsored by the Bayberry Quilters of Cape Cod, event features 200 quilts, antique and vintage quilts, plus Quilt Raffle, a scavenger hunt for kids and vendors and demonstrations. Held at the Cape Cod Regional Technical School, just 30 miles from the preserve. Admission is $7and event hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information visit www.bayberryquiltersofcapecod.com.

Snowflower

Sept. 3: Wild Things Animal Show for all ages at 11 a.m.

September 4
Alpen Wine Festival
Held at The Village at Squaw Valley, event features more than 40 Northern California vineyards, crystal souvenir wine glass, and silent auction. Benefiting Can Do Multiple Sclerosis. Just 30 miles from the preserve. For more information call (530) 583-6985 or visit www.squaw.com.

September 10-11
Nevada City Constitution Day Weekend & Parade
The 45th Annual Constitution Day Parade tops a weekend of festivities in this historic California Gold Rush town. A local tradition since 1967 it is reported to be the oldest and largest Constitution observance in western America. Hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more info call (530) 265-2692 or visit www.nevadacitychamber.com

Wilderness Lakes

Sept. 2-5: Labor Day Weekend: Activities all weekend long for the whole family. Friday Night Movie outside with popcorn. E & E Animals bring critters you don't see on a daily basis. Dominic's Karaoke provides lots of songs to show your talents, have fun and maybe you can be the next American Idol. Hit Men will entertain you all afternoon with music to dance to and great listening. Sunset Entertainment provides a Teen Dance in the Gazebo for the younger generation. Buttons the Clown & Friends do face painting and make balloon figures. And lots, lots, more … see weekend flyer for all the info.

Sept. 10: TBA.

Sept. 17: Western Days Weekend. Do you cook chili? Well guess what? You need to join in our Chili Cook-Off and win one of our fabulous prizes. Blue Grass plays music to entertain most of the day and Judy Taylor will do a demonstration on roping and a few tricks. In the evening you can enjoy a relaxing evening of Blackjack for those 21 years and over. Drawing for prizes will follow before retiring for the evening.

Sept. 24: Movie Night with Popcorn.

Texas

TEXAS

Bay Landing

Sept. 2-5: Hawaiian Luau/Labor Day: ALOHA! It's island time in the Texas heat! Hula skirts will be rolling off the tables just as fast as we can make them along with the leis that will be made special by your own hands. It will be a day filled with that "island magic". Even a roast pig from the guys on the park makes its grand entrance right before the feast that Angie has prepared for all us islanders. And then the volcano erupts as T-Bone Road takes center stage at the Beachview pavilion under our own island stars. Come enjoy with us!

Sept. 9-11: "S" Weekend: A fun-filled weekend is in store for you all. Just a few sack races, sand crawls. straw toss, saucer toss, spaghetti slurp, sauerkraut contest, just to name a few. Be prepared to be S'ed.

Colorado River

Saturdays in September: Bring your crafts, homemade items or stuff you would like to sell or trade to the Activity Center between 8 a.m. and noon. At 10:30 a.m. come to the "What's Happening at Colorado River" meeting with the Manager, find out what's going on in the area, plus company updates when available. Sundays in September: Join others for worship service with Rev. and Mrs. J.V. Hamman at 10 a.m.

September 7-10
Colorado County Fair and Texas' Independence 175th Anniversary
Sponsored by the Colorado County Fair Association, this is a celebration of Texas Independence, CPRA Rodeo plus lots of other special events, good food and entertainment. Good clean fun for the whole family! Independence Parade on Saturday in historic downtown Columbus. Starts at the elementary school tennis courts and ends at the Veteran's Memorial Center. Held at the Colorado County Fairgrounds and Ag Complex, just 4 miles from the preserve.

Lake Conroe

Sept. 3: Labor Day Weekend/Happy Birthday: Start your Saturday morning off with breakfast at the Cactus Café and then decorate your bikes and golf carts for a patriotic parade. There'll be bingo at the AC and volleyball at the lake, so join us for a fun and labor-free weekend.

Sept. 10: Fear Factor Weekend: How fearless are you? We'll have you eating stuff, drinking stuff, touching stuff, walking blindfolded through stuff and falling into stuff. Think you can handle it? Come to Lake Conroe and check out your fear factor.

Sept. 17: Pet Parade Weekend: Let's show off those pets this weekend. Prizes will be awarded for the best dressed, largest, smallest and most "owner look-a-like" pet. So if you have a pet that barks, purrs, squeaks, quacks or chirps, bring them to Lake Conroe for a fun weekend.

Sept. 24: Welcome Fall Weekend: Let's enjoy the fall weather (autumn starts 9/23) as we play a walking version of Poker Run at Lake Conroe this weekend. You'll be entertained, exercised and who knows, you may be a big winner. You've gotta play this one. So let the fun begin!

Throughout September
Pick your own seasonal fruit and vegetables at Kings Orchard
Tuesday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (closed Monday), pick your own seasonal fruit & vegetables at Kings Orchard. For information call (936) 894-2766. Kings Orchard is just 20 miles from the preserve.

Lake Tawakoni

Sept. 3: Breakfast and Activities at the Family Center for Labor Day.

Sept. 4: Breakfast and Texas-Style Luau. Hawaiian Dancer in the evening.

Sept. 10: Potluck Lunch, Ice Cream Social and Washer tournament.

Sept. 17: Card Bingo, "What's Happening Meeting, Stew and Cornbread Lunch.

Sept. 24: Pekeno, Ice Cream Social, Poker Run ‘n' Fun.

First Monday Trade Days
Held at the Canton, Texas Fairgrounds, just 30 miles from the preserves this event is one of the world's largest trade days.

Lake Texoma

Sept. 3-4: Labor Day Weekend: Enjoy a fun-filled weekend including a softball game, family relays (swim-walk-bike-run-kayak), water polo, family potluck, ice cream social, kids' ball games and entertainment by Trey Houston.

Sept. 10: Grandparents Weekend: Birthday Bingo and a Wii Bowling Tournament, "Finger Weaving" craft project teaches you an easy way to shorten long t-shirts.

Sept. 17: Autumn Begins! Ping-Pong tourney is the highlight of the weekend.

Sept. 24: Western Weekend: Dress up in your Western garb for an all-out squirt gun shootout, a cow chip tossing contest, sack races and barrel roping.

Lake Whitney

Sept. 3: Labor Day Weekend.

Sept. 10: Backwards Weekend.

Sept. 17: Family Fun Weekend.

Sept. 24: Bingo Mania Weekend.

Medina Lake

Sept. 3-5: Labor Day Weekend includes Saturday Craft Sale, Bike and Cart Parade, Ice Cream Bingo, Grab Bag Game, Mini Carnival Games. Sunday events include Wacky Golf, Wooden pig races, BBQ Dinner, and Dance with Bimbo and the Borderline Band. Monday is all Yard Games.

September 24
Cajun Festival and Great Gumbo Cook-Off
Enjoy authentic Cajun food, plus Cajun music on two stages. Cajun dance demonstrations and arts and crafts. Free shuttle parking available. Event hours are from noon to 10 p.m. Held at the Lakehills Civic Center, just 4 miles from the preserve.

Southeast

VIRGINIA

Harbor View

Sept. 2-5: Join us Labor Day Weekend while we celebrate our 3rd Annual Crab Fest, Saturday afternoon ($$). Bring a dish!

Sept. 9-11: Grandparent's Weekend: Bring your grandparents to the Ice Cream Social on Saturday at 2 p.m.

September 24-25
5th Annual Chesapeake Wine & Harvest Festival
Event features wine tasting, specialty foods, petting zoo, arts and crafts and live music. Held at Stratford Hall, just 8 miles from the preserve. For information call (804) 493-8038.

Northeast

MAINE

Moody Beach

Sept. 2-4: Labor Day Weekend/Sonya's Birthday Bash: End the summer with a bang! There will be great entertainment all weekend long. Friday night the "Great Stephan" will return by popular request. Be prepared for some mystical magic – always a hit! Then Rob Peters will get you up and dancing to all your favorites from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

September 11-12
Laudholm Nature 24th Annual Crafts Festival

Held at the Laudholm Preserve, in Wells, less than 4 miles from the preserve. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

MASSACHUSETTS

Gateway to Cape Cod

Sept. 3: Labor Day Weekend: We end the summer season with a fun-filled weekend, including entertainment on Saturday night. Also during the month of September we have local Apple-Peach festival. Lots of fun and good things to eat. Great time to watch the cranberries harvested.

Throughout September
King Richard‘s Faire

Beautiful 80-acre site with entertainment, exciting rides, and games, plus hundreds of talented performers non-stop throughout the day. Events runs 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Held at 235 Main Street, Carver, MA, just 15 miles from the preserve For information visit www.info@kingrichardsfaire.net.

NEW YORK

Rondout Valley

Sept. 3-5: Back by popular demand is the Miss Rondout Pageant! So men raid your wife's closet and be the "Belle of the Ball". You can also enjoy the 3rd annual Penny Social and bingo mania weekend.

PENNSYLVANIA

PA Dutch

Sept. 2-5: Labor Day Weekend: Friday night candy bar bingo in the barn. Saturday crafts, wagon ride, and a Talent Show with all our talented members and friends. Sunday Pool Party and adult swim from 7 to 8 p.m. with music by DJ Steve.

Sept. 9-11: Grandparent's Weekend: Friday night movie. Saturday crafts, wagon ride, board games/cards with grandparents.

Sept. 16-18: Benefit Weekend: Friday night card games for both kids and adults. Saturday - No crafts, wagon ride, and we have out 2nd Annual Benefit Auction. This year we are going to donate to the Make a Wish Foundation. Please think about what you would like to donate and come and have fun bidding on the many items we will have available.

Sept. 23-25: International Weekend: Friday night is a surprise!!!!! Saturday - Weekend passports will be available to get stamps and receive prizes—crafts, wagon ride, International Wine and Cheese Social BYOW.

Throughout September
Renaissance Faire
Held at the Mt. Hope Winery, less than a mile from the preserve, each weekend features a variety of events. For information visit www.parenfaire.com.

Midwest

INDIANA

Horseshoe Lakes

Sept. 17: Duck Races! Purchase a duck to enter in the race. If your duck wins, you will win a fabulous prize!

Indian Lakes

Sept. 17: Open House: The preserve will be celebrating big with events and food all day. Ridge Runner will be performing. For more info about the band please visit www.ridgerunnerband.com.

September 21-24
Versailles Pumpkin Show

Event includes rides, parade on Saturday, art show, contests, food, and live music. Sponsored by the Versailles Lions Club, held at the Versailles Courthouse Square in Versailles, about 40 minutes from the preserve. For information call (812) 689-6188.

September 24-25
Kiwanis Apple Festival

Event features entertainment, arts and craft vendors, and games. Held in Liberty Park in Batesville, just 10 minutes from preserve. For information call (812) 934-3201.

OHIO

Kenisee Lake

Sept. 2-5: Labor Day Weekend: We will be hosting our last Steak Fry of the season. Come on down and enjoy a great steak cooked to your liking.

Sept. 9-11: Amish Dinner Weekend: This weekend we will be traveling to an Amish home to partake in an actual Amish Wedding dinner. The Amish family makes the dinner from scratch. The family will give tours of their farm and logging mill. Please contact us at (440) 576-9030 as soon as possible if you would like to attend. This dinner fills up fast!

Sept. 16-18: Chili/Soup Cook-Off: Come one, come all to our annual Chili/Soup Cook-Off. This is the time for all you expert chefs to show your cooking abilities. Make enough for all of us to taste your creations. After the cook-off we'll be honoring those who celebrate a birthday or anniversary in the month of September.

Sept. 23-25: Self Generated Card and Board Games: Take some time to get with friends old or new and come down to the Welcome Center Back Room and play your favorite board and or card games.

Sept. 30-Oct. 2: Fall Festival Weekend: Our Annual Spaghetti Dinner weekend to celebrate the fall harvest. Come and join us on Saturday at the Welcome Center.

September 24-25
Geneva Grape Jamboree

Sponsored by the Geneva Grape Jamboree Committee, event celebrates the harvesting of local grapes. Grand Stand entertainment, grape stomping, parades Saturday and Sunday, rides, Miss Grapette pageant, wine tasting, crafts, grape pies, grape ice cream, and other food concessions pack the downtown streets during this grape filled weekend. Held at the intersection of Routes 20 and 534, in Geneva, just 20 minutes from the preserve. For information call (440) 466-5262 or visit www.grapejamboree.com.

September 24-25
Civil War Train Raid

Visit an encampment and ride with the troops through enemy territory. Period vendors and refreshments available. Stagecoach rides available. No reservations needed. Held at 161 E. Jefferson, just 7 miles from the preserve. For more information call (440) 576-6346 or visit www.familytrainrides.com.