Top 5 Things to Do in October
Warm days and cool nights make October the perfect time to go out and have some fun. Click here for even more fun things to do this fall.
Gathering at Five Medals
Immerse yourself in the history of frontier America at the Gathering at Five Medals (Oct. 19-20) in River Preserve County Park. Re-enactors take you back to the days when people made their own clothes and tools and hunted for their food.
Other festivals in October:
Kercher’s Sunrise Orchard, 19498 C.R. 38, Goshen, has deep roots in the community. Family-owned for five generations, Kercher’s is a must-stop for its dozen varieties of apples. Pick a bushel or two yourself, or buy from the well-stocked market. On a sunny fall day, there’s nothing like a hayride to the pumpkin patch. There are activities every weekend in the fall, but check their website for updates on when each variety of apples will be harvested.
Corn mazes and hayrides
Knollbrook Farm, 15463 C.R. 46, Goshen, www.knollbrookfarm.com, is a 12-acre corn maze with 5 miles worth of pathways that should keep everyone busy. Add some twists with sign posts, codes and trivia questions and you have a memorable fall afternoon. Try out some fun pumpkin activities or rent a space for your own bonfire. In Elkhart, try Southgate Crossing, 27751 C.R. 26, Elkhart, for a brand-new corn maze featuring a fresh food and buy local theme.
Elkhart County Parks will once again have its popular Halloween Campfire and Hayrides the evenings of Oct. 24-26 at Ox Bow County Park. Tickets are required.
Anne of Green Gables
The world-famous novel comes to life on the Round Barn Theatre stage in Nappanee in performances through Oct. 13. The story of an orphan just looking for a place to belong, and maybe find a kindred spirit along the way, becomes a timeless love story once she meets the handsome Gilbert Blythe. Make a full evening of it with dinner at the Restaurant Barn at Amish Acres Historic Farm & Heritage Resort, 1600 W. Market St., Nappanee.
Middlebury Pumpkin Race
This one-of-a-kind event brings family, friends, co-workers and neighbors together to take a racer kit, design a pumpkin and race it against all comers. It starts at 2 p.m. Oct. 12 on Warren Street west of Railroad Street in Middlebury. Competitors can access Pit Row at 1 p.m. Be sure to catch all the action.