With fall right around the corner, people of all ages look forward to the season’s traditions. Here are a few local venues and activities to help fill up your fall calendar:
The State Farmer’s Market
Raleigh’s State Farmer’s Market, although open year-round, is best to visit during the fall months. In addition to the yummy seasonal fruits and veggies that grow during this time, the farmer’s market has multiple fall-themed activities planned. For example, the farmer’s market will hold their 29th Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest on Thursday, October 8. In each age division, four winners will take home a cash prize ranging from $5-$40 based on how they place.
Throughout the month of November, market goers can also expect the Fall Craft Fair, as well as days dedicated to both pecans and colossal collards. For more information about the State Farmer’s Market and their plans for the remainder of the year, check out their website.
Page Farms: Pumpkin Patches and Hayrides
There are many different family farms around the Raleigh area, but the one closest to Leesville is Page Farms. Page Farms covers an area of 100 acres and is known for its strawberry harvests in the spring time, as well as its pumpkins and sweet potatoes in the fall. The farm offers opportunities for the whole family — pumpkin picking, hayrides, as well as meet and greets with the wide array of farm animals. Not to mention, making a casual visit to Page Farms is completely free!
Ken’s Corn Maze
What’s fall without an adventure through a corn maze? Ken’s “Korny” Corn Maze was the first corn maze established in North Carolina and has continued to grow in popularity ever since. In addition to different mazes available, Ken’s farm offers pumpkin picking, hayrides, and mini golf. There are also playgrounds designed especially for young kids, making Ken’s farm the perfect fall family retreat. For pricing and attraction information, visit Ken’s website.
The State Fair
In North Carolina, fall is usually marked by the arrival of the annual State Fair. It may only come once a year, but the fair is a wonderful place to make lasting memories with friends and family. With all of the traditional fair food and intriguing rides/attractions, there’s something at the fair for everyone. The 2014 NC State Fair begins on Thursday, October 16 and runs a total of ten days. Entry tickets start at $4 and are available for advance purchase online.
Clayton Fear Farm
During the month of October, a popular horror spot among Raleigh locals is the Clayton Fear Farm. At the Fear Farm, guests can choose from seven attraction options, ranging from a haunted hayride, a spooky cotton maze and a few different haunted houses. The actors at the Fear Farm, in addition to the special effects, will be sure to give guests a genuine scare. Tickets start at $12 and are available for purchase online.