Sunday, December 15, 2019

Fall Festivities: Where Should You Go?

By: Sarah Marble/Senior Feature Editor

Fall is in full swing, and the leaves are changing color and falling onto the ground. Did you know of all the places in our area where you can take place in fall festivities? If not, there is always a chance to participate these events during the next fall season.

Our town is fortunate to be centrally located near multiple haunted attractions, corn mazes, fall festivals, pumpkin patches and apple orchards.

Haunted Attractions:

Two of the most popular haunted attractions in our area include Hellstead Manor and Reaper’s Revenge.  Christie Baldwin, a senior, attended Reapers Revenge a few years back and has some words to say about the attraction. “It is very popular, but can be horrifying.” Baldwin recommends the attraction to “anyone who enjoys scary places and is into horror movies.”

Hellstead Manor, located in Susquehanna county, is home to many students in our school district, as they are employees of the haunted attraction. Peyton Gelinger is a student at Blue Ridge who also works at Hellstead Manor. In regards to the attraction, Gelinger describes it as “a really original haunt. It’s not like any other haunt with things like chain saws and clowns.

She further explains the attraction by saying, “It is authentic and has a really cool background as well as the house being haunted.”

Family Farms:

A few of the popular family farms in our area include Roba Family Farms, Barbour Farms, Iron Kettle Farm, and Millers Orchards Farm Market. These farms are places in which you can pick apples and pumpkins, make your way through corn mazes, and most importantly find your favorite fall foods, whether it be a warm cider doughnut, pumpkin or apple pie, candy apples, or apple cider.

Barbour Farms is the most local family farm in our area, being located in Hallstead, Pennsylvania. Senior, Olivia Martin, spends most of her time after school volunteering at the farm. She describes the farm as, “a family-friendly farm that is welcoming.” Martin also explains what activities families can do, such as “picking pumpkins, feeding the cows, and cuddling with their newest calf Reese.”

Elk Mountain:

Each year, Elk Mountain hosts a fall festival on October 12th and 13th. They offer a ski lift ride up the mountain to view the sights of fall. Multiple vendors make their way to the ski resort providing guests the chance to buy homemade goods and foods. This year I attended the festival for the first time and enjoyed all that was offered. From the arts and craft vendors, food vendors, and the ski lift ride up and down the mountain itself. 

The Cider Mill:

The Cider Mill, located in Endicott New York offers a place where you can watch how fresh cider doughnuts are made. You can also buy fresh picked apples and pumpkins all in one stop.

Fall is a beautiful time of year filled with countless activities to do. Maybe some are traditions and others you try for the first time. Either way, these activities are greats ways to make unforgettable memories with friends and family this year or in years to come.

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Sarah Marble
Sarah Marble is a senior and a second year journalism student. She enjoys spending her time giving back to others. She values being involved in her community and school as an active leader. After graduating high school, she aspires to become a Registered Nurse and be a light to others.


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