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Contributed Photo by Curtis Hilbun / AFF-USA.com / The Harvest Festival and Great Pumpkin LumiNights will end Saturday at the Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., making way for the park's celebration of the Christmas season.

FESTIVALS

THROUGH OCT. 31

* Harvest of Art: ArtCrafters Gallery (new location), 1356 Market St., Dayton, Tenn. Show and sale of latest works of Dayton Arts League members, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 423-775-1401, 423-775-5122

* Harvest Festival and Great Pumpkin LumiNights: Dollywood, 2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd., Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Features artistic sculptures, elaborate fall scenes, artisans, seasonal food, entertainment. $79 ages 10-61, discounts for younger and older guests. www.dollywood.com

OCT. 31

* Jack-o'-Lantern Jamboree: Town square in Jasper, Tenn. Jasper Lions Club event, 4-7 p.m. CDT. Free. jaspertnlionsclub@gmail.com

* Trick-or-Treat Stroll: Downtown Cleveland, Tenn. MainStreet Cleveland event has been changed from a one-night block party to two nights of socially distanced trick-or-treating, 5-8 p.m. Friday, 3-6 p.m. Saturday. http://www.mainstreetcleveland.com/

THROUGH NOV. 1

* North Georgia Agricultural Fair: 500 Legion Drive, Dalton, Ga. Carnival rides, aerial show, racing pigs, rare livestock, tiger display, concessions, entertainment. No commercial or educational events this year; all activities will be outdoors. $5 gate admission; separate charge for carnival. Fair extended one day through Sunday. https://www.northgaagfair.com/

TRUNK-OR-TREATS

Note: All are scheduled Halloween night.

* Abba's House: 5208 Hixson Pike (enter from Northpoint Boulevard). Drive-thru trunk-or-treat, 6-8:30 p.m. First 1,000 cars receive free bag of Choo Choo Kettle Corn; all vehicles through have the chance to win gift cards and other prizes. Community participation welcome for providing car trunks, donations of candy or for helping with greeting, setup or teardown. abbashouse.com/candy

* Daisy Church of God: 9555 Dayton Pike. Light Up the Night: All Candy, No Fright, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Contactless pickup. https://www.facebook.com/daisy.dcog/

* Grace United Methodist Church: 9833 Hixson Pike, Soddy Daisy. One-way walk-through trunk-or-treat, 5-7 p.m. Will be canceled in case of rain. https://graceumcsd.org

* New Monumental Baptist Church: 901 Woodmore Lane. Drive-thru trunk-or-treat, 5-7 p.m. 423-375-9066

* Peavine Baptist Church: Rock Spring campus, 1089 Peavine Road, Rock Spring, Ga. Walk-through trunk-or-treat, 6:30-8 p.m. https://www.peavine.org/trunkortreat

* The Ridge Church: 9400 Hixson Pike. 5-8 p.m. 423-842-7396

* Sale Creek First Baptist Church: 15116 Wall St. Drive-thru trunk-or-treat, 5-6 p.m. Facebook.com/SaleCreekFirstBaptist

* Toyota of Cleveland: 3560 Village North Blvd. SW, McDonald, Tenn. Drive-thru trunk-or-treat with candy, live music and performers such as stilt walkers and fire dancers, 5-7 p.m. https://www.toyotaofcleveland.com/trunk-or-treat-cleveland-tn

* VFW Post 3679: 98 Memorial Drive, Rossville, Ga. Post and its auxiliary sponsor trunk-or-treat with Valley View Baptist Church, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

* Your Pie Pizzeria: 3809 Battlefield Parkway, Ringgold, Ga. Fourth annual Jeep-N-Treat sponsored by American Jeep Club Project, 7 p.m. Walk-through trick-or-treating among decorated Jeeps, plus free popcorn and cotton candy (weather permitting and while supplies last). http://ajcp.club/

As the end of the month nears, the list of last chances grows on the fall festival calendar. Saturday marks the final day for the Harvest Festival and Great Pumpkin LumiNights at Dollywood and the Harvest of Art in Dayton, Tennessee. Organizers of the North Georgia Agricultural Fair in Dalton have decided to extend the fair by one day, ending it on Sunday.

Halloween celebrations also enter the picture this weekend with community celebrations in Cleveland and Jasper, Tennessee. Several trunk-or-treat candy giveaways also are scheduled around the area.

Jasper's Jack-o'-Lantern Jamboree takes place Saturday on the town square. A drive-thru Trunk or Treat Trail, open to vehicles, golf carts and hay rides, will open at 4 p.m. Participants will enter on Warrior Drive and circle the Jasper Sports Complex to exit at Turner Street. A small fireworks display will end the evening to honor the event's founder, the late Joshua K. Jennings (1983-2019).

In Cleveland, the Halloween block party has been expanded into a two-day Trick-or-Treat Stroll to accommodate more social distancing than was possible with the usual one-night blowout around the Bradley County Courthouse square, said Sharon Marr, executive director of MainStreet Cleveland.

"We have 33 years of being a big Halloween event. It's such a fun night for us. It was a really tough decision to change it," she said. "But with 15,000 to 18,000 people, lots of vendors and lines waiting for food, lines waiting for candy we had to find a way to make it safe in light of the COVID situation."

Rather than a bustling Treat Street stocked with candy from Mars Wrigley, which has a manufacturing plant in Cleveland, children will trick-or-treat on the sidewalk in front of businesses, retailers and restaurants in four neighborhood zones: the courthouse square, First Street square, the Museum Center at Five Points and the Old Woolen Mill. Street musicians will add to the revelry.

Expanding to two nights gives families "the option of one night or the other," Marr said. Hours are 5-8 p.m. Friday and 3-6 p.m. Saturday. A map of candy stops can be found at http://www.mainstreetcleveland.com.

Similar events, including PumpkinFest in Dayton, Tennessee, Pumpkin Fest in Chickamauga, Georgia, and Scare on the Square in LaFayette, Georgia, have been canceled this year due to coronavirus concerns.

Candice Graham, executive director of MainStreet Dayton, said officials had hoped to continue some version of PumpkinFest before ultimately deciding to cancel. The event usually runs two days with karaoke, pie-eating contests and trick-or-treating among its multiple activities.

"It kind of hung in the balance for a while," she said.

Although fall is still a draw in the Great Smoky Mountains, this will be the last weekend to enjoy the Harvest Festival and Great Pumpkin LumiNights at Dollywood. In a week's time, the park will transition to Smoky Mountain Christmas, opening Nov. 7.

Email Lisa Denton at ldenton@timesfreepress.com.

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