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Yellowstone River

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Cultus Lake

Oct. 28-30: Attention all TTSNW Members – Come and enjoy Cultus Lake, for your annual visit to the preserve. Lots of activities and good food are planned by your co-coordinators.


Pacific City

Oct. 1: Decorate the lodge for Halloween. Snacks and beverages provided.

Oct. 29: Caramel apple eating and pumpkin painting/carving.

October 1-2
North Coast Seafood Fest

See * Hear * Smell * Taste * Touch * This event is your passport to explore the five senses that includes music and dance from around the world, international food court featuring seafood, and Oregon Wineries and Microbreweries. Daily Admission is $8 for Adults, $5 for Seniors and Students ages 6-17. Free Parking, Smoke Free and Handicap Accessible. Held at the Tillamook County Fairgrounds 4603 3rd Street. Hours are Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Whalers Rest

Sept. 30-Oct. 2: Viva Las Vegas Weekend: On Saturday we will be having our annual Blackjack tournament in our South Clubhouse. Bring your sweet tooth because we will be serving up ice cream at the same time.

Oct. 7-9: "As the Leaves Turn" is our focus for fun this weekend. Join us Saturday at 2 p.m. in our South Clubhouse for an RV Travel Party. Bring your best camping tales and enjoy some ice cream while we share stories.

Oct. 31: Halloween Bingo Fun begins at 6 p.m. in our North Clubhouse. Come have a great time with FREE Bingo and lots of popcorn. Costumes aren't required but will get you into a free drawing for extra prizes.

October 1-2
2011 Jazz Festival
Lots of great jazz artists will perform at the Newport Performing Arts Center. Sponsored by the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts. For more information visit The Arts Center is just 5 minutes from the preserve.


Birch Bay

Oct. 1: An October Canadian Thanksgiving Potluck at 5 p.m.

Oct. 29: Halloween Party at 7 p.m.

October 8

Lynden Pumpkin Festival

Fun for the entire family celebrating agriculture and area growers. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three heaviest pumpkins. Giant Pumpkin Registration from 8:30 to10:30 a.m. and Weigh-in Competition from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Lynden Chamber of Commerce, event is held at the Lynden Fairway Shopping Center, 1750 Front Street in Lynden, just 12 miles from the preserve.


Oct. 29: Join us for our Second Annual TT Haunted House! We'll have creepy crafts, photo and activity booths, games, contests and more. Take a wagon ride through our Haunted Forest (if you dare!) and warm up with a bowl of Witch's Brew Stew and a cup of hot apple cider.

October 1
Onalaska Harvest Festival

Just 15 minutes form the preserve. Call (360) 978-4018 for information.

La Conner

Oct. 8: Canadian Thanksgiving. Join us for our traditional Thanksgiving dinner; potluck style.

Oct. 29: Happy Halloween! We celebrate big here at La Conner so join us for our World Famous Haunted House on Saturday night followed by a dance with Norm Lynn. Don't forget our site decorating contest.

October 1-2
Annual Festival of Family Farms
Enjoy La Conner when the seasons collide. Select gourds and pumpkins, play on the beach and enjoy the last days of summer berries and produce. You can even scope out your Christmas tree. Celebrate the harvest and our hometown hospitality with an "open barn" celebration featuring over 15 farm tours, including dairy, beef, row crop, animal, organic, orchard, shellfish and Christmas tree. Plus veggie car races, artificial cow milking, veggie art, oyster shuffleboard and more. For more information visit

Long Beach

October 8-9
One Sky, One World Kite Celebration
The World Kite Museum joins people across the globe to promote international friendship and peace. Bring a kite or make one at the museum; then join others flying their kites on the beach. You can watch, via Skype, as others fly kites in Singapore, Columbia, Minnesota and many more locations. Held at the Long Beach Kite Museum, just 3 miles from the preserve.

October 14-16
Water Music Festival XXVI

This festival includes a series of chamber music performances featuring top-rated professional musicians playing baroque, light, classical and jazz. The festival includes five ticketed concerts, a free concert and performance by students. Events are held at various venues through the Long Beach Peninsula.

Mount Vernon

Oct. 28-29: Halloween Haunted House: Join us for a good time in our Oasis, including a food drive. Don't forget the costume contest, pumpkin carving, scavenger hunt, site decorating competition, Trick-or-Treating and the famous Theme Dinner. Book early by callling (360) 724-4811 to make reservations for the festivities.

October 2-3
Festival of Farms
Visit some of Skagit Valley's finest food offerings, and sample some shellfish, beef, berries, produce, milk, cider and more, while taking in some activities and fun along the way. For information visit


Annual members can join us during the winter months for potlucks, a game or two and Super Bowl viewing on the big screen in the Family Center. All activities are member-generated and welcomed during the winter months.

October 22-23
Pumpkin Steam Train Ride

Chehalis-Centralia Railroad & Museum offers their tradition of hosting Pumpkin Train Rides behind a vintage 1916 logging locomotive. Children receive a small pumpkin and treat bag, and there will be a costume contest for three age groups 1/2 hour prior to boarding the train, so plan to come early. Prizes will be awarded in the following age groups, 3 and under, 4-12, and 13 and older. No reservations are necessary, but come early to ensure your ride in your choice of open or enclosed cars. Seating is limited to the first 250 passengers. Enjoy harvest time in the Chehalis River Valley during the fall season and join the fun. For more information visit



Lake Minden

Sept. 30-Oct.2: Puzzle Me This & RC Boat Races: Friday night we'll put together a Puzzling Potluck Social. Bring your favorite potluck 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" craft projects. Clueless? How about a puzzling game of Clue? Hope you're not too puzzled to take in a bead class.

Oct. 7-9: Life's a Mystery: Trade your favorite mystery book at the Mystery Book Swap Social. Bring your favorite "mystery" for Mystery Potluck Social and win a mystery prize at Brown Bag Bingo. Enter a mystery puzzle competition and see if you can put together the puzzle without the benefit of knowing what it is. Do a mystery craft and take part in a mystery scavenger hunt.

Oct. 14-16: Hydroplane Boat Races: Join us for the always-exciting Hydroplane Boat Races. These races are a favorite here and promise rip-roaring fun and heart pounding excitement. Had a little too much excitement? Take a break and join us for Candy Bar Bingo and the Ice Cream Social. Don't forget to join us Saturday night for a good, old-fashioned Barn Dance.

Oct. 21-23: Getting Ready for Ghouls/RC Boat Races: Share your favorite "not too scary" ghost story at our Baked Potato Potluck Social and stay for Brown Bag Bingo. Exchange recipes for ghoulishly good fun foods at the Getting Ready For Ghouls Coffee. Make masks, ghosts and other Halloween crafts. Don't forget to decorate your site for Halloween.

Oct. 28-30: Monster Mash Bash: This will be a weekend of Ghoulish Halloween Fun. Don't be chilled to the bone! Bring your favorite addition for chili to our Chili Potluck Social. On Saturday we'll have a "Scarier by the Hour" movie marathon, pumpkin decorating contest (carved, painted and/or dressed) and Halloween site decorating. Monday we'll have hayride Trick-or-Treating.

October 2
4th Annual Sacramento World Music and Dance Festival

Enjoy a spectacular presentation of world cultures, ethnic dance, and live musical performances as Old Sacramento is transformed into a global village of dance, music and artistry through a series of free public shows and children's theater performances. Held at Front and 2nd Street, Old Sacramento, just 23 miles from the preserve.

October 29
Tales of the Crypt
Join a candlelight guided tour of the Pioneer Cemetery in Marysville. Costumed docents portray memorable people from the past who are buried in one of the oldest cemeteries in California. Tickets are available at the Candy Box in Marysville and Yuba Sutter Mall in Yuba City. Hours are 5 p.m. (dusk) to 7 p.m. For information call (530) 742-6508.

Lake of the Springs

Throughout October, enjoy John Carter every Saturday at our campfire sing-along and also dance the night away at our Family Dance with our wonderful DJs Mike Allen or Anan Maria.

Oct. 16: Pre Line Dance Entertainment: Celebrities on Parade put on by our line dancers.

Oct. 17-21: Fall Line Dance Festival: Enjoy good friends, good food, and lots of dancing hosted by Marian and friends.

Oct. 29: L.O.T.S. celebrates Halloween with site decorating contest, Kids' Fishing Derby, pumpkin carving contest, costume contest. We will do the tailgate Trick-or-Treat again this year.

Palm Springs

Oct. 13: Back by popular demand "Ladies Day Out". We start out with lunch at The Elephant Bar, followed by an afternoon of shopping at local thrift stores.

Oct. 22: Come and join the festivities of our "Welcome Back Party". It's a time to catch up with everyone's summer adventures, lounge by the pool while listening to music.

Oct. 29: Calling all ghosts and goblins for a haunting good time in the desert. Decorate your rig, your bike, golf cart, dog or yourself. Join the Palm Springs staff in our "Halloween Parade", followed by an awards ceremony. Lots of fun activities during the Halloween Weekend. Don't be scared!

October 1-2
Morongo Basin Orchid Festival
Come see thousands of blooming orchids during greenhouse tours that run every 30 minutes. Tour guides provide a delightful trip through the orchid growing grounds. There is wine and cheese tasting along with live entertainment. Event hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Sponsored by Gubler Orchid, event is held at 2200 Belfield Boulevard, in Landers, about an hour from the preserve. For information call (800) 482-5377.


October 8-9
Coloma Gold Rush Live

Coloma will be packed with images, sounds, and hands-on experiences dating back to the 1850s. Step back in time and experience the California Gold Rush. Live history tent encampments recreate Gold Rush history in this authentic setting. You'll enjoy live music, historic trade demonstrations, and a merchants market. There are gold panning contests for kids and adults, as well as sawmill demonstrations and historic re-enactments-you will feel like you are rubbing shoulders with the adventurers and historical figures who helped create the world-wide rush to California. Held at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, just one mile from the preserve. Event hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information call (530) 295-2170 or (530) 622-3470.

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!

October 3
The World Famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre
Back By Popular Demand: The World Famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre. Comedy Pet Theater features an amazing cast of housecats, dogs, parrots even geese and mice! Critics describe it as a unique blend of comedy, world-champion juggling, and the extraordinary talents of more than 30 performing pets. Gregory Popovich has rescued the animals from shelters all over the country and transformed them into Las Vegas stars! Show times are 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. on Mondays. Event is held at the Lobero Theatre, 33 East Canon Perdido Street in Santa Barbara. For information call (805) 963-0761.

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. Oct. 15: Oktoberfest… A celebration with dinner and music. The Corvairs will be with us playing their wonderful 50s and 60s sounds. It is truly a blast from the past. Oct. 29: It's time for that witch from San Benito to dawn her terror throughout the preserve. Oh yes, and she puts on a pretty good Halloween Carnival too! We'll have a Halloween Parade and do some Trick-or-Treating in the preserve, plus an Open Grill during the Carnival with some great carnival foods.

September 30-October 2
San Benito County Fair

Join us in the beautiful countryside of San Benito County at Bolado Park, home of the San Benito County Fair. Great time for young and old. Genuine old-fashioned county fair includes live entertainment, carnival, horse show, livestock judging and more. For information and fair schedule visit


October 20-21
Historical Haunted Walking Tour
Sponsored by the Truckee History Tour, tour begins at Moody's Bistro & Lounge and travels on foot to the most historic and fascinating haunts in town. For details visit or call (530) 305-4231. Hours are 5:45 to 8:45 p.m. Tickets are $30.

Wilderness Lakes

Oct. 1: Casino Night. Come play Blackjack for FREE. Play with Wilderness money and get rich. Tickets given and drawing for prizes at the end of the evening. Must be 21 to play.

Oct. 8: Listen to live music from the 50s, 60s, plus Country and more with "Highway 91" Tony Lopez. Tony takes all requests to accommodate everyone's taste. Just listen or you can kick up your heels and dance. Bring the whole family and enjoy quality time together.

Oct. 15: Octoberfest! Have you ever tasted German Beer? This is your chance. FREE German Beer to everyone over age 21. Root Beer tasting for the kids. Enjoy a few pretzels on the side. Oomp Papa music for your enjoyment. You can experience all that wrapped up in one evening.

Oct. 22: Wii Tournament for the whole family. Come challenge your friends and family. But most of all, just have fun!

Oct. 28-30: Halloween Weekend. Clowns will be here to paint your face and make balloon critters for you. Plus Costume Contest, Trick-or-Treating, and Pumpkin Decorating. Dominic's Karaoke will allow everyone the spotlight experience. Lots of songs to choose from for all ages. Come see if you could be the next American Idol!



Bay Landing

Sept. 30-Oct. 1: Chili Cook-Off: What better way to meet new friends and members than over pots of chili. Competition has always been great here with great prizes awarded! So bring your pot of your favorite ingredients already to serve and maybe you will be a lucky winner.

Oct. 28-30: Halloween Costume Party: On Saturday the 29th, all ghosts and goblins come to Bay Landing for the kids' party in the early afternoon and the adults costume party at night. This is our last big hoopla for the season and we do it up right with lots of treats and goodies for all. Our haunted hayride gets better every year. Come join the screams.

Colorado River

Beginning October 15, we will resume our weekly potluck suppers at the Activity Center. Our returning Rec. Director, Maureen Jones, will be planning other activities such as weekly craft classes. Check with the preserve for details.

Lake Conroe

Oct. 1: Puzzlemania Weekend/Happy October Birthdays: Tongue twisters, brain teasers, jigsaw puzzles and more! It's gonna be a puzzling weekend and all you've got to do is figure it out. Come and have fun with us. We'll also celebrate our October birthdays with a cake and all are invited.

Oct. 8: Chili Cook-Off Weekend: It's chili cook-off time at and we're waiting to see what you'll fix. Spicy? Mild? With turkey? With beef? Your entry will be judged by your fellow members so bring your secret recipe and show us what you've got.

Oct. 15: Bookworm Weekend: Bring some books and swap and/or list your favorite books and authors. We'll brew a pot of coffee and enjoy a cup while sharing those treasured finds (aka best bookstores) we've discovered on the road. We'll also have some fresh fall vegetables for you to purchase direct form Houstons' Farmers' Market.

Oct. 22: Hobo Weekend: Let's dress down for this weekend's fun and have a "Hobo Dress" contest. Later in the evening we'll roast marshmallows and share our best hobo tall tales.

Oct. 29: Halloween Weekend: You will NOT want to miss this weekend. We'll have pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, candy apples, and a not-to-be missed Trick-or-Treat hayride throughout the preserve. Then when dark descends, the howling begins and our haunted trail ride will make even the ghosts and goblin quake in their boots. Think you're up to it? Come join the fun!

October 1-2 and 7-9
The Creighton Players present The Foreigner
Winner of two Obie Awards and two Outer Critics Circle Awards as Best New American Play and Best Off-Broadway Production, this is an inspired romp that demonstrates what can happen when a group of devious characters must deal with a stranger who (they think) knows no English. Performances are at the Owen Theatre, 225 Metcalf Street, in Conroe, just 10 miles from the preserve.

October 28-30
The Toyota Texas Bass Classic

A world-class bass fishing tournament, featuring the top tournament bass anglers in the world, along with a festival to include exceptional entertainment and a variety of family and industry activities Extraordinary live music and events that will appeal to the whole family. This will include a variety of games and activities at the Texas Parks & Wildlife Outdoor Adventures, incredible food and a fishing industry expo featuring seminars and the latest in fishing equipment, gear and accessories. Merchandise will be available for purchase at the Tournament venue. Proceeds benefit the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. Held at the Lonestar Convention Center. For more information visit

Lake Tawakoni

Please check Ranger Station for activities and schedule during the winter months.

October 7-9
25th Annual Gruene Music and Wine Fest
This Americana event benefiting local charities features the best in live Texas music and the best in Texas food and wine. All three days will be filled with vintner and music events, wine and food samplings and the Great Guitar Auction. Held at Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, about 50 miles from the preserve. For information call (830) 629-5077.

Lake Texoma

Oct. 1: Let's Celebrate Birthday Bingo – the Chinese Way! Loads of fun. Bring a gift in a brown paper bag.

Oct. 8: Columbus Day Weekend offers a family scavenger hunt in search of things beginning with the letter "c".

Oct. 15: Peanut Festival: We will caravan to Whitesboro for their 46th Annual Peanut Festival. Admission is free.

Oct. 22: Hobo Weekend features Hobo Stew, Hobo Sticks and a campfire Jam Session/sing-along. Makes for a full, fun-filled day.

Oct.31: Halloween Weekend: No "Spooks" or "tricks"! Participate in the Chapel-sponsored Cake Walk followed by a costume contest and entertainment by Trey Houston.

October 15
Whitesboro Peanut Festival
Event is held in downtown Whitesboro and includes parade, live entertainment, food court, carnival and over 200 booths of crafts and/or displays. Fun for the whole family. Just 17 miles from the preserve. For information call (903) 564-3331.

Lake Whitney

Oct. 1: Pioneer Weekend and parade.

Oct. 8: Casi Chili Cook-off.

Oct. 15: Homecoming Weekend.

Oct. 22: Halloween Party.

Oct. 29: Halloween Spook Trail.

Medina Lake

Oct. 15: Oktobertfest: We will be chugging root beer so let's see who chugs the fastest. Who loves sauerkraut? If it's you, you may win the sauerkraut-eating contest. Then let's kick up our heels for the Polka and Waltz Contest. Top of the Trails Café will have a German dinner in the evening. Oct. 29: Halloween Weekend: Let's carve some pumpkins, hit a piñata, bob for apples, Trick-or-Treat, and enjoy a hayride, costume contest and haunted trail.

October 1 - December 1
Cowboys on Main
Come revisit the Old West along Main Street in Bandera, every Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. See the Western displays in front of the County Courthouse, hear the strolling musician and don't miss the gunfight reenactments at 1 and 3 p.m. Sponsored by the Frontier Times Museum, events are held on Main Street in Bandera, just 25 miles from the preserve. For information call (830) 796-3864.



Lake Gaston

Oct. 22: Nightmare at Camp Terror! End the final week of our camping season with many festive and exciting Halloween activities. Enjoy the kid's "Spook-A-Rama" (games. crafts, and treats for children of all ages), site decorating, jack-o-lantern contest, and kids costume contest. Continue into the night by visiting our fabulous haunted house and then conclude your evening by dressing up for the adult costume contest to be held at the DJ dance.

October 1
Lake Gaston Seafood Festival
Get your stomach stretched and ready for the annual Seafood Festival! There are a total of 2,000 advance tickets on sale; no tickets are available for purchase at the gate, as the event sells out each year. Tickets are only $30 per person. The gate opens at 1 p.m. with all-you-can-eat seafood, including spiced shrimp, fish fillets, raw or steamed oysters, baked beans, hushpuppies, cole slaw, beverages and live entertainment by The Switch from 2 to 6 p.m. Tickets may be purchased from any Lake Gaston Lion's Club member or by calling Dave Johnson at 252-586-4469. Event hours are from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sponsored by the Lake Gaston Lions Club, event is held at 139 Stanley Road, in Henrico, just 15 miles from the preserve. For more information call Bob Tillson at (252) 535-4240.


Chesapeake Bay

Oct. 1: 7th Annual Chili Cook-off. The competition gets more interesting every year. Last year, the People's Choice Award went to a man who had a cold and couldn't even taste his chili. Another year, 3 sisters who had never made chili before won a prize. Before that, a chili made with a mere 5 ingredients – one of which was ketchup - won. So who knows? Maybe it's your turn! If history is any guide, the gourmands have every reason to fear! Dance with DJ at night.

Oct. 8: 15th Annual Seafood Festival/Dragon Run Day RUN/2ND Annual "Ride The Dragon" Bike Rides (100 Mile, 50 Mile and 25 Mile Options): This festival is one of our biggest events of the year. On the second Saturday of every October, we enjoy delicious seafood and celebrate the rich natural heritage of the Dragon Run watershed and stream. Also featured are hands-on exhibits and displays, a craft bazaar, hayrides and live entertainment throughout the day. A recent addition to the day's events: "Ride the Dragon" Bike Rides, sponsored by Gloucester County Parks and Recreation. Pre-registration required. To register, go to

Oct. 29: Halloween Weekend: Chesapeake Bay is hands-down the best place to bring your kids or grandkids for Halloween. Dozens of rigs are decorated for our annual contest, there are pumpkins to be painted or carved, and stiff (ha!ha!) costume contests for all ages. Trick-or-Treat around the campground at nightfall, and then dance off all that sugar at the Monster Mash Dance, DJ'd by Count Dracula himself.



Gateway to Cape Cod

Oct. 8: Columbus Day Weekend: Our last long weekend of the camping season. Enjoy family time by the campfire. Entertainment on Saturday night.

Oct. 15: Halloween (Closing) Weekend: Don't miss our last weekend of fun with pumpkin painting, haunted wagon rides, Trick-or-Treating, and some spooky entertainment too! Decorate your site and sign up for our contest to win some really scary prizes.

Oct. 16: Preserve Closes – See you next spring – have a happy, healthy winter!

October 15-16, 22-23 and 29-30
Lakeville Haunted House
Have a howling good time at this haunted house at 28 Precinct Road in Lakeville, just 5 miles from the preserve. Admission is $13 per person. Friday and Saturday nights only.

October 1-31
Factory of Terror
Features the Bloodworth Dungeon, the Gothic Nightmare and Phobia Mayhem. Located at 33 Pear Street in Fall River, just 30 miles from the preserve.


Rondout Valley

Oct. 1-2: Octoberfest Weekend: RVR is a great place to celebrate the start of October with fun crafts and activities. Saturday night will be our annual Octoberfest celebration. We supply the Bratwurst, Knockwurst and hot dogs. Campers, please bring side dishes and desserts to share along with your own table setting and serving spoons.

Oct. 8-10: Columbus Day Weekend and 3rd Annual Breast Cancer Fundraiser: Join us for the last 3-day weekend of the camping season. We will have crafts, games and our annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser with the proceeds donated to the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Research Fund. Tickets should be purchased in advance. Live Entertainment on Saturday – Soundwave Entertainment DJ Service.

Oct. 29-30: Halloween Weekend: Celebrate Halloween with us at RVR! The weekend will include crafts, games and Trick-or-Treating throughout the preserve. Live Entertainment Saturday – Joey "B".


Kenisee Lake

October 8-9
Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival
Sponsored by the Covered Bridge Festival of Ashtabula, event features parade, driving tours of all the bridges, crafts, quilt show, antique cars and engines, mini bridge & scarecrow contest, demonstrators, entertainment and plenty of good food. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $4 and there is a fee for parking. Held at the Ashtabula County Fairgrounds, on Poplar Street in Jefferson, less than 5 miles from the preserve. For information call (440) 576-3769.

October 8-23
Kids Pumpkin Train
Take a family train ride with the AC&J Scenic Train, leaving from the train station in Jefferson, less than 5 miles from the preserve. For information call (440) 576-6346.


Oct. 1-2: Chili Cook-off.

Oct. 14-16: Halloween Spectacular.

Through October 16
Ohio Renaissance Festival

Feast on giant roasted turkey legs, watch artisans demonstrate ancient skills of glassblowing, blacksmithing, candle making, stone carving, and boot making. Shop in the Medieval Marketplace with over 135 unique arts. Enjoy human-powered rides, and the Tower of London Dungeon of Doom! Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine. Held at Renaissance Park in Harveysburg, less than 15 minutes from the preserve. For information call (513) 897-7000.


Gettysburg Farm

Oct. 1: 3rd Annual Chili-Cook-off: Enter your own special, regular, spicy or white chili.

Oct.8: Last Pig Roast of the season: This one is a potluck. Trail Dust Band performs in the evening.

Oct. 15: Deep-Fried Turkey Dinner with fixins'.

Oct. 22: Haunted Barn: The Barn will be up and running for Halloween Fright Night, plus a site decorating contest and pumpkin carving. No Limit Bank entertains in the evening.

PA Dutch

Sept. 30-Oct. 2: All About Apples Weekend includes Friday night Candy Bar Bingo in the Barn and Saturday events include crafts, wagon ride, and Apple games.

Oct. 7-9: Fall Festival 1: Features Friday night movies and Saturday crafts, wagon ride and Scavenger Hunt.

Oct. 14-16: Fall Festival II includes Friday night games and Saturday crafts, wagon ride, and Leaf Hunt and Leaf Collector Album.

Oct. 21-23: Halloween and Closing Weekend events include Saturday crafts, wagon ride, Trick-or-Treat, and Halloween Party with DJ Steve.

Weekends Throughout October
31st Annual Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire
Held at the Mt. Hope Winery, less than a mile from the preserve, each weekend features a variety of events on 35 acres filled with colorfully-costumed characters and Tudor buildings. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. For information visit


Oct. 8-11: Discover the Poconos. Our weekend will showcase your talents as well as the many diverse activities in the Poconos. Discover some new skills; refresh the old. Fall foliage is at its peak! We'll relax and make some s'mores at the campfire.

Oct. 29: Boo! Celebrate Halloween with lots of fun for kids of all ages. We will be Trick-or-Treating and decorating pumpkins. Costume Parade and Contest at the Monster Mash in the Rec. Hall on Saturday evening.

October 8-9
Autumn Timber Festival
Event includes Timber Team Lumberjack shows, pig races, chainsaw sculpture, food and fun. Ride the chairlift for the scenic view of the fall foliage. Held at Shawnee Mt. – Shawnee on the Delaware, just 18 miles from the preserve. For event hours, visit the website at

Timothy Lake North

Oct. 7-9: October Festivities! Root Beer chug, sauerkraut eating contest and a fun hayride are all planned for this festive holiday weekend! Enjoy live entertainment on Saturday evening!

Oct. 14-16: Fall Frenzy! Nature walks, scavenger hunts, and fall arts & crafts are on the agenda this autumn weekend!

Oct. 21-23: Spooktacular Countdown! Get ready for Halloween and join us for pumpkin painting, mask making and candy hunts!

Oct. 28-30: Haunted Mountain Top Mansion. Bring your costumes and spooky decorations with you this weekend! We're hosting Trick-or-Treating and hayrides to the pumpkin patch! Howl in terror as you enter the Haunted Mountain Top Mansion for a Halloween Party filled with scary fun and live entertainment!



Horseshoe Lakes

Oct. 8: Fall Fling! Enjoy the beautiful fall foliage while playing carnival games, drinking apple cider and strolling through the "town" visiting different vendors.


St. Clair

Oct. 14-16: Halloween Weekend: A fearfully fun filled festivity! Kids will enjoy a Creepy Craft. Prizes will be awarded for Pumpkin Carving (bring your own pumpkin), Campsite Decorating, and Creative Costumes for kids, adults, and pets. You won't want to miss Trick-or-Treating, the Haunted Hayride or the Devilish DJ Dance!