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A User's Guide to Area Fall Festivals

by and on September 28, 2013 11:55 AM

A closer look at some of the fall festivals in the area:

Sept. 20-29: 60th annual Autumn Leaf Festival, Clarion. Join more than 500,000 people that attend this 10-day award-winning event each year in an array of events and entertainment. Hosted by Clarion Chamber of Business & Industry and sponsored by Farmers National Bank. Click HERE for a schedule of events.

Sept. 27-29: The Farmer’s Wife Fall Festival, 413 Airport Road, Centre Hall, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come and enjoy the family activities, hayrides, mini corn maze, crafts, homemade baked goods, pumpkins, gourds, petting zoo and antique tractors. For more information, call (814) 364-1764.

Sept 28: 13th annual Apple Harvest Festival and Car/Truck Show, Milesburg Museum, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hosted by the Milesburg Museum and Historical Society, this festival features an old-fashioned breakfast served at 8 a.m. There will also be homemade bake goods for sale, an apple dumpling stand and sandwiches and soup for lunch. The Wingate Elementary School Choir will sing at 10:30 a.m. followed by a magic act. Phase 2, a country and Christian group, will perform at 1 p.m. The car/truck show registration is from 8 a.m. to noon and costs $10 per vehicle. Trophies will be awarded by 4 p.m. For more information, call (814) 355-9647.

Sept. 28: Runville United Methodist Church Fall Fest, Bellefonte, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy live entertainment while taking a hayride. Vendors will provide homemade food such as hot sausage sandwiches, sloppy joes, french fries and pie. A silent auction will be from 9 a.m. to noon, and a live auction will be from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Sept. 28: OktoberFest, Tussey Mountain Amphitheater, 4 p.m. to 9. This second annual fall festival will have music, fun, food and lots of beer selections. General admission is $12 and includes one drink token. A VIP package is $50 and includes one drink token, a food platter, beer mug, commemorative T-shirt and a chairlift ride. For more information, call (814) 466-6266.

Sept. 28: Puppy Love Fall Foliage Wine Tasting Event, Seven Mountains Wine Cellars, 6 p.m. to 9. Come out for a campfire with great food and wine samples while giving a toast to animals that are still looking for a home. Sponsored by Pets Come First, Bryan Grove will be performing and there will also be appetizers and a silent auction. Prices are $40 for a couple and $25 for an individual. For more information, call (814) 364-1725.

Oct. 4 and 5: Harvest Festival, New Hope United Methodist Church, 1089 E. College Ave., Bellefonte, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy a variety of vendors, make your own scarecrow, face painting, pumpkins, soup, baked goods and more. For more information, call Amanda Fedisson at (814) 321-4528.

Oct. 4-6 The Farmer’s Wife Fall Festival, 413 Airport Road, Centre Hall, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come and enjoy the family activities, hayrides, mini corn maze, crafts, homemade baked goods, pumpkins, gourds, petting zoo and antique tractors. For more information, call (814) 364-1764.

Oct. 4-26: Ghosts and Goblins 30th Anniversary Edition, Lincoln Caverns, Huntingdon, Friday and Saturday nights 6 p.m. to 10 with a special family tour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy three unique experiences — a haunted house, haunted trail and haunted hayride—for the price of one. Click HERE to purchase tickets.

Oct. 5- 14th Annual Downtown State College Fall Festival, Allen Street, State College. Activities for the whole family will be available. For more information click HERE.

Oct. 5: The Columbus Ball, Boal Mansion, Boalsburg, 7:30 p.m. This event draws both out-of-state and international guests as it benefits historic preservation and celebrates Boalsburg’s unique connection with Christopher Columbus. Guests can enjoy champagne, abundant hors d’oeuvres and dancing. A parade of historical characters will present the local heritage and its national and international connections. Tickets are $100 each, and can be purchased by calling (814) 466-9266 or emailing

Oct. 5 and 6: 39th annual Dutch Fall Festival, Wert Memorial Park and Main Street in Downtown Aaronsburg, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Find a variety of food at this long-running annual festival. You’ll get to enjoy homemade sticky buns, ham and bean soup and French fries. Also expect the traditional “Pot Pie Supper” in the Community Building from 4 p.m. to 7 on Saturday. There will also be raffle tickets, arts and craft vendors and entertainment. For more information, call (814) 380-4599.

Oct. 5-27: Spook Haven Haunted House, 100 Danis St., Mill Hall, every Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. A walk through this old, abandoned mansion promises to leave you shaken and terrorized. Click HERE for more information and pricing.

Oct. 12: Pleasant Gap Area Lioness Club annual Fall Craft Show, CPI of Science Tech School, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This quality craft show has handmade items, including holiday gifts, at great prices. There will also be a Chinese auction and lunch and bake sale items available. For more information, call (814) 359-3127.

Oct. 12: 6th annual Cranberry Festival, Black Moshannon State Park, Philipsburg, noon to 5 p.m. The autumn activities at this festival include hiking to pick cranberries on the bog, making a pinecone birdfeeder, colonial candle dipping and a hayride. There will also be some crafters at the event, which takes place near the Environmental Learning Center.

Oct. 13-19: The Arboretum at Penn State’s Pumpkin Festival. This annual weeklong fall event includes something for the whole family, including pumpkin carving and Jack-o’-Lantern judging and displays. Click HERE for more information.

Oct. 13 and 20: Way Fruit Farm’s annual Fall Festival, Port Matilda, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Family-oriented event featuring the popular apple slingshot and a petting zoo as well as craft vendors and free wagon rides to the pumpkin patch. Ten percent of all proceeds will benefit an orphanage in the Dominican Republic. Click HERE for more information.

Oct. 18-20: Fall Foliage Train Rides and Halloween Train Rides, Talleyrand Park, Bellefonte. The Bellefonte Historical Railroad Society will be hosting its annual fall train rides in a restored 1940s-era passenger train. For more information, prices and departure times click HERE.

Oct. 19: 3rd Annual Fall Festival and Pumpkin Chuckin Festival, Bald Eagle State Park, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hosted by the Howard Fire Company, this annual event features craft and food vendors, bands, square dancing and a pie eating contest. For more information, call (814) 571-8303.

Oct. 19: Fall Festival & Antique Show, Talleyrand Park, Bellefonte. Come out to make your own scarecrow, carve a pumpkin, hear ghost stories and music and enjoy delicious food. For more information, call (814) 355-2917.

Oct. 20: Scarecrow — Stuff It!, Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, 2 p.m. Get in the mood for the fall season by making your own scarecrow for $20. Don’t forget some old clothes and your imagination. Several guest judges will determine a winner. For more information, call 231-3071. 

Oct. 21: Philipsburg Harvest Fest, Philipsburg Towers and Front Street, noon. Participate in a costume parade with safe treats from downtown businesses. There will also be a costume party at AMVETS at 2 p.m. and craft vendors will exhibit their handmade products from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call (814) 577-3954.

Oct. 26-27: Shaver’s Creek Fall Festival, Petersburg, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Celebrate fall harvest with pumpkin carving and face painting while enjoying music, entertainment, activities, natural history programs and great food at this free family event. There will be a Children’s Halloween Trail as well, which is free for children 3 and under and $5 for ages 4 and older. Community members can also participate in the Harvest Baking Challenge by making and entering desserts with a fall theme into the contest. Judging and awards for the challenge will be at 4 p.m. For more information, call (814) 863-2000 or (814) 667-3424.

Nov. 3: 11th Annual Millbrook Marsh Historic Harvest Festival, Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, 2 p.m. to 5. This popular, historically themed event provides visitors with a glimpse of what it was like during the harvest in the 1800s. Sponsored by Penn State Recreation, Parks & Tourism Management students, this festival is for all ages. For more information, call (814) 235-7819.

Nov. 30: Fall Craft and Gift Fair, Bald Eagle Area High School, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Handcrafted, quality products will be for sale. There will also be food tables with breakfast items and beverages, as well as various lunch items including homemade soup, walking tacos and sloppy joes. Proceeds and all donations will benefit the B.E.A. Spanish Club, Junior Class and Student Government. For more information, call (814) 355-4868 ext 1192.

This story was produced by the staff at the Centre County Gazette. It was re-published with permission. The Centre County Gazette is a weekly publication, available at many locations around Centre County every Thursday morning.

Brittany is the staff writer for The Centre County Gazette.
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