Harvest time in October means it is festival time! People are gathering across the country to celebrate the foods and traditions of their region. From New England cranberries to Oregon pumpkins, there’s a lot to see and do.
21st Annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival
This is all about bringing the sheep home and other livestock home from the mountains to their winter pasture. The streets fill with sheep as people gather to celebrate and preserve the history and culture of sheep herding in Idaho and the West.
Where: Sun Valley, Ketchum, and Hailey, Idaho
When: October 4-8, 2017
Juried arts and crafts show offers handmade items made of wool, alpaca, wool blends or items of a 'sheep' nature such as soaps and lotions from lanolin, sheep cheeses or items that augment cooking with lamb. More:trailingofthesheep.org.
14th Annual Cranberry Harvest Festival.
This New England tradition is the highlight of the harvest season in Massachusetts. Bog tours, paddleboat rides and more.
Where: Wareham, Massachussetts
When: October 7-8, 2017
Circleville Pumpkin Festival
Established in 1903 by the Mayor, it began as a small exhibit of corn and pumpkin decorations. Today it offers so much more.
Where: Circleville, Ohio
When: October 18-21, 2017
Parades and delicious fall treats. Plus, more than 10,000 pounds of pumpkins, squash, and guards beautifying the streets! More: pumpkinshow.com.
Other Fun Festivals:
Hood River Valley Harvest Fest
Where: Hood River, Oregon
When: October 13-15, 2017
For more information: hoodriver.org.
Vermont Pumpkin Chuckin’ Festival
Where: Stowe, Vermont
When: October 14-15, 2017
For more information: vtpumpkinchuckin.blogspot.com.