Fall season is festival season. Whether you are looking for a hay ride, a thrill ride or just a frightful good time, the following festivals and fall events around the area have got a season's worth of fun in store. So pack your sunscreen and wear comfy shoes so you can hop from one fair to another.
When: 1-10 p.m. Oct. 11, 4-10:30 p.m. Oct. 12, 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Oct. 13
Where: Barton Field, Fort Gordon
What: The traditional German festival features German music and food, dancing, a flea market, vendors, a carnival and a car, truck and bike show. The U.S. Signal Corps Band will also perform.
Cost: Armbands for carnival rides are $10 for 48" and under and $20 for 48" and over
More: fortgordon.com, (706) 791-6779
GEORGIA-CAROLINA STATE FAIR
When: Oct. 12-21; gates open 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon Saturday and Sunday
Where: Georgia-Carolina State Fairgrounds, 308 Hale St.
What: In addition to the yummy fair food, more than 40 rides, and arts and livestock exhibits most attendees expect from the fair; James E. Strates Shows also brings a variety of entertainment. This year, look for boxing in the Best Buy tent, along with an interactive video equipment display. Local live talent including Celtic Rhythm Irish Dancers and Rhythm and Class Cloggers will perform. Check the Web site for the schedule.
Cost: Gate admission only, $6; unlimited ride tickets $19; individual ride tickets $1 (most rides take more than one ticket); see Web site for admission specials
When: Oct. 12-14, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday
Where: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 953 Telfair St.
What: The 23rd annual celebration of Greek culture includes music, dance presentations and food and drink.
Cost: Free; food prices range from $1 for cookies to $14 for a roasted lamb platter with two sides (complete menu is available online)
When: 4 p.m. to midnight Oct. 12 and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Oct. 13
Where: Augusta Common
What: Several Hispanic countries, including many in South America, Central America and Europe, will be represented with folk groups, live music, authentic food and arts and crafts and a street dance. Miss Latina 2012 will be crowned Saturday.
Cost: $3; children 10 and younger free; active-duty military free with ID
ATOMIC CITY FESTIVAL
When: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Oct. 13
Where: Downtown, New Ellenton
What: Commemorates the city of Ellenton, whose residents were displaced in the 1950s to make room for Savannah River Site; features crafts, vendors and rides
More: Call Annie Mae Ford at (803) 652-2213 or Eartha Rogers at (803) 270-3550
BEECH ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY FALL FESTIVAL
When: Begins 8:30 a.m. Oct. 13
Where: Beech Island Historical Society, 144 Old Jackson Hwy., Beech Island
What: Festival and yard sale benefits the historical society. Live plants are available for purchase. The event also features music and craft demonstrations
More: (803) 827-2184
WESTERN CAROLINA STATE FAIR
When: Oct. 18-27, gates open 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon Saturday and Sunday
Where: Aiken Fairgrounds, 561 May Royal Drive
What: Fair favorites are back in Aiken, and with the Mega Pass you can ride all of your favorites to your heart's content -- ferris wheels, roller coasters, the Tilt-A-Whirl, the Himalayas, carousel and a mechanical bull. For those who go for the food, the $5 admission price gives you all the access you need. The fair also features the Stoney Roberts Demolition Derby on Oct. 25 and 27 at 7 p.m.; a pro rodeo, petting zoo, chainsaw art, trapeze act, a dog show. On Oct. 20, participate in one of several fall contests, including apple bobbing, pumpkin decorating and pie-eating. Entry fee is one canned good.
Cost: $5 admission, $25 for a Mega Pass, which includes admission and unlimited rides
When: 11 a m.-5 p.m. Oct. 20, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 21
Where: Living History Park, 299 W. Spring Grove Ave. North Augusta
What: Demonstrations of life in America during colonial times. Faire Wynds presents a circus and other entertainment, and other demonstrations include lace tatting and tombstone carving. An actor portraying Benjamin Franklin will present a history of his life, and colonial dance and games will be performed.
FAMILY FALL FESTIVAL
When: 4 p.m. Oct. 20
Where: Mistletoe State Park, 3725 Mistletoe Road, Appling
What: Scavenger hunt, games, crafts, music, storytelling, hiking, apple bobbing; hayrides
Cost: $10 vehicle include parking; hayrides $2
More: (706) 541-0321, gastateparks.org/info/mistletoe
When: Oct. 20-21, gates open at 9 a.m. with opening ceremonies at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Where: Daniel Field
What: 20th annual air show and festival returns with performances both days by Gary Ward Aerobatics, Trenton Flyers, Team RV, and Greg Connell; and a car show Saturday by the Gascar Antique Automobile Club. See The Flagship Detroit (N17334), which began service with American Airlines in March 1937, and is believed to be the oldest DC-3 in the world that is still flying.
Cost: $15 advance, $18 at the gate; Greg Hodges Pavilion VIP tent adult $50/day, children $20/day with paid admission
When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 27
Where: Westminster Schools of Augusta
What: Celebrate Westminster Schools' 40th anniversary with a fall festival during Homecoming weekend. The festival will feature inflatables, a bake hut, live entertainment and contests like hula-hooping, doughnut-eating and bubble-blowing.
Cost: $15; parents and children 4 and younger free
More: (706) 731-5260 or wsa.net/homecoming
COLUMBIA COUNTY FAIR
When: Nov. 1-10
Where: Columbia County fairgrounds, 5462 Columbia Road
COLUMBIA COUNTY FALL FESTIVAL BAZAAR
When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 3
Where: Baker Place Elementary School, 2011 Hero Way
What: 34 vendors will be set up for easy Christmas shopping. Shepeard Community Blood Center will conduct a blood drive with a goal to collect 200 units. The Columbia County Sheriff's Office will conduct ID-A-Child sessions, which provides parents with identification information for their children. There will also be activities for children.
OKA CHAFFA INDIAN FESTIVAL
When: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 10 and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 11
Where: Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, 1858 Lock & Dam Road
What: Tells story of the vital role Native Americans had in the history of Augusta. See Native American dancing, drumming and view arts, crafts and clothing. Walk through a Native American village and watch demonstrations of skills including flint napping, hide tanning, archery and music.
Cost: $12 for adults and children ages 13 and younger, $6 for ages 6-12; discount coupons are available from Phinizy Swamp
More: (706) 828-2109, naturalsciencesacademy.org
When: Begins 8 a.m. Nov. 24
Where: 161 Railroad Ave., Salley, S.C.
What: All-day festival celebrating the chitlin. Plates available at 8 a.m. for $10. A parade is at 10 a.m. The day includes helicopter rides, a carnival, entertainment, a hog-calling contest and a Chitlin Strut Dance at 3 p.m. More than 25 food vendors will sell items ranging from peanuts to popcorn and barbecue to, of course, chitlins.
More: (803) 258-3485
BOO AT THE ZOO
When: 6-9 p.m. Oct. 19-30
Where: Riverbanks Zoo, Columbia
What: Trick-or-treat trail, costume parade, dance party, carousel, climbing wall, more; ages 12 and younger wear costumes
Cost: $8; $6 Riverbanks members; some attractions have extra charge
When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 27
Where: Downtown North Augusta
What: Street festival features a hay ride, arts and crafts, entertainment and a barbecue cookoff. A costume contest offers prizes in several age groups and a cornhole tournament has a $500 first prize.
TRICK OR TREAT ON NEWBERRY STREET
When: 4-7 p.m. Oct. 27
Where: Newberry Street Festival Center, 126 Newberry St. SW, Aiken
What: Aiken festival includes carnival games, a costume contest for all ages and trunk-or-treating for ages 12 and younger.
More: cityofaiken.gov, (803) 642-7631
7TH ANNUAL USC AIKEN SAFE TRICK OR TRICK
When: 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 31
Where: Pacer Commons, Pacer Crossings, Pacer Downs Community Center at USC Aiken, 471 University Parkway; parking in Lot D
What: Games and activities, hayride; sponsored by USC Aiken Resident Student Association, University Housings and campus organizations
When: 7 p.m. Thursday -- Sunday through Nov. 3, and Oct. 30-31
Where: 4127 Wallie Dr.
What: A haunted house with a little extra -- pyrotechnics, fortune tellers, carnies, games and a souvenir store. Halloween is Lights Out Friday Night.
When: 7 p.m. to midnight Thursday-Sunday through Nov. 3 and Oct. 31
Where: 1110 Dodge Lane
What: A haunted house on a plantation that is reputed to be truly haunted. Proceeds benefit the CSRA Wounded Warrior Project and Channeled Paths youth counseling.
Cost: $20 Thursday-Saturday and Halloween, $15 Sunday
GRAYSTONE RANCH FALL FEST AND HAUNTED FOREST
When: 7:30 p.m.-midnight Fridays, 10 a.m.-midnight Saturdays, noon-midnight Sundays through Nov. 30
Where: Graystone Ranch, 1017 McManus Road
What: Fall Fest features a variety of fall-related activities, including a pumpkin patch, hay rides, hay maze, pony rides and photos with a scarecrow. The Haunted Forest opens at dark through Nov. 6. A treat bag for each child.
When: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 11
Where: 1025 Verdree Road, Louisville, Ga.
What: A variety of fall fun with an eight-acre corn maze as the biggest attraction, a hay ride, a pumpkin patch, peddle carts and zip lines.
Cost: $12, children 2 and younger free; ages 65 and older $8; military, law enforcement and medical personnel $9 with ID
More: kackleberryfarm.com, (706) 830-4968
When: 5-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 18
Where: 4634 Wrightsboro Road
What: A five-acre corn maze, hay rides, a pumpkin patch, a corn kernel pit, cow-milking demonstrations, a petting zoo, pony cart rides and a jumping pillow. Not only can you get lost in the corn field, you can learn about farming, cows and conservation. Concessions available.
Cost: $12, children 2 and younger free
More: steedsdairy.com, (706) 855-2948
CORNER PUMPKIN PATCH
When: Noon-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 31
Where: Marvin United Methodist Church, 4400 Wheeler Road
More: marvinchurch.com, (706) 863-0510
ST. BARTHOLOMEW'S PUMPKIN PATCH & FUN FEST
When: 2:30-7:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 1-7 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 30; a Family FunFest will be 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 24
Where: St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, 471 W. Martintown Road
More: saintbart.org, (803) 279-4622 ___
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