Have a fun and festive fall

Lisa Lightner

I hope that you were able to get out and see the harvest moon last week. At least here in Avondale, it was really breathtaking on Thursday night. It was so unusually large and bright, I had to go do an internet search and find out why. Of course I learned that it was in fact the harvest moon. After a summer of not-so-great weather, we are getting paid back in spades, arenít we? It seems every day we wake up is better than the one before it. Of course as I am putting this together they are calling for rain, but hopefully that will be shortlived.

The arrival of fall brings about some of my favorite fall family activities to do outdoors. I love fall fairs and festivals.

This coming Saturday, Sept. 28, is the Kennett Square Preschoolís Fall Country Fair. If you have small children, youíll love this. Itís small, so you donít have to worry about little ones wandering away and all the games and activities are designed with preschoolers in mind. Itís also a very inexpensive activity and goes to support a great local cause. Itís on the grounds of Church of the Advent on Union Street.

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Also this weekend is Hootenanny Hoedown at Plantation Field --Saturday Sept. 28 -- Mark you calendar for the second annual Hootenanny Hoedown! The dayís festivities begin at 9 a.m. with a 5K Trail Race for Conservation over optional obstacles. A Childrenís Run Over Obstacles for children ages 10 and under will take place at 10 a.m. A supervised Kidís Activity Corner is offered to families that would otherwise have to provide childcare during the race. Come back in the evening for the Hootenanny Hoedown Wild West Saloon for a barbecue, table games, a silent auction, and a 50/50 Chicken Bingo. The evening festivities begin at 6 p.m.

Then, next weekend is the annual Unionville Fair. New this year, we have to pay for parking. But again, itís a fantastic local event and goes to support a great cause.

Friday Ė Sunday, Oct. 4-6 hosted by Landhope Farms, Routes 82 & 926

Donít miss this beloved community tradition! Enjoy delicious food, live entertainment, dozens of craft and business vendors, informative demonstrations, mechanical bull riding and much, much more.

Highlights this year include:

Fair princess and queen pageant, Thursday,Sept. 26, 7p.m. Unionville Elementary

Enter your exhibits, Wednesday,Oct. 2, 2 to 9p.m.

Community Parade, Saturday, 11a.m. If there is an individual or group that wouldlike to walk in the parade, please contact Dave Pritchard at pritchdg@comcast.net

Look-Like-Your-Pet Contest, Saturday,noon, right after the parade!

Third annual Pro Rodeo at Willowdale, Sat at 6pm. Check out the return of this popular event! Tickets are $15/adults, $10/kids 4-12; available on line at the fairís website: www.ucfairinc.org or by calling 484-678-4331.

The fair will be charging $5.00 a day per car this year for parking. Parking is a key component to the fair running safely and smoothly, so in order to ensure the safety of attendees, the Fair is hiring people to oversee the function.

Sounds like a lot of family fun! If you have an event youíd like to see listed here, e-mail me at LisaLightner@yahoo.com. Have a great week!

Outdoor enthusiast Lisa Lightner lives in Avondale.