The first weekend of October brings a bevy of fall festivals, and at least three of them are new.
Lodge Manufacturing in South Pittsburg, Tennessee, is holding a Lodgetoberfest party with food vendors and live music. A Biergarten will introduce a Lodge beer, Naked & Covered in Ale, crafted in partnership with Chattanooga's Naked River Brewing.
"Plus, customers won't want to miss out on purchasing the special-edition, 8-inch cast-iron Lodgetoberfest skillet, available for sale only this weekend," said spokesman Adam Feltman.
Lodgetoberfest events are scheduled Friday and Saturday outside the factory store. The festival coincides with the annual warehouse sale, which continues Sunday.
The Soddy-Daisy Fall Festival will debut Saturday at Poe's Tavern Park. Organizer Cindi Sanden said more than 50 vendors are expected. There will be live music from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., along with pumpkin carving and costume contests and free family photo shoots.
Kids will enjoy free bounce houses and face painting, "and we will be giving out goodie bags to the first 200 kids," Sanden said.
In Ringgold, Georgia, the Rabbit Valley Farmers Market and Farm to Fork will hold the city's first Oktoberfest celebration Saturday.
"One goal of the market this season was to bring in activities that would reignite fun community events," said market manager Samantha Martin. "We wanted to start new traditions and offer events that Ringgold has not had in the past. Oktoberfest was the perfect fit."
In Chattanooga, Crabtree Farms has a half-dozen scarecrows ready for viewing in Scarecrows on the Farm, now in its second year. They include a scarecrow llama created by a native of Chile, a "Wonders of Water" entry from a Girl Scout troop and a "Pandemic Parenting" vision from a moms group from Signal Mountain.
Additional entries will be accepted through the first half of October, said Melissa Astin, director of community outreach and engagement.
NEW THIS WEEKEND
— Bigfoot Fall Festival & Grundy County Fair: Bigfoot Adventure, 518 Brawley Road, Tracy City, Tenn. Carnival rides, zip lines, food trucks, hot-air balloon rides, video game trailer, crafts, dunking booth, car show/cruise-in, eating contests, petting zoo, fireworks, live music, gates open at 10 a.m. CDT Friday and Saturday. $15 general, $25 with armband Friday, $35 Saturday with concert by Shenandoah. bigfootadventuretn.com
— Bluff Park Art Show: The Park at Shades Cliff, 517 Cloudland Drive, Hoover, Ala. Works by 150 artists, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. CDT Saturday. Free. bluffparkartassociation.org
— Boaz Harvest Festival: Old Mill Park, 10315 Alabama Highway, Boaz, Ala. Street fair with crafts, children's area, live music, contests, classic art, truck and Jeep show, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. CDT Friday-Saturday. Free. northalabama.org
— Catoosa County Fall Festival: Soccer fields, 406 Cotter St., Ringgold, Ga. Food and craft vendors, duck derby, free inflatables and activities, 3-6 p.m. Saturday. catoosarec.com
— Great Locomotive Chase Festival: 116 Public Square, Adairsville, Ga. Parade, pageants, arts and crafts, entertainment, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. $3 ticket good all weekend. adairsvillega.net/festival
— Lodgetoberfest: 220 E. Third St., South Pittsburg, Tenn. Food vendors, craft beer, music by Robert Lee and the Randy Kiles Band, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday (accompanies warehouse sale of cast-iron cookware, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday). All times Central. Lodgetoberfest2021
— Morris Hill Craft Market & Quilt Show: Morris Hill Baptist Church gym, 1804 Morris Hill Road. Fifty craft booths, plus new quilt show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Free admission. 423-892-2071
— National Storytelling Festival: Virtual festival features 20-plus hours of world-class storytelling; sessions may be viewed for up to 14 days. $75 per household. storytellingcenter.net
— Pikeville Fall Festival: downtown Pikeville, Tenn. Starts at 8 a.m. CDT Saturday, with live music all day, Kidz Korner, farmers market, geocaching for prizes. pikevillefestival.com
— Ringgold Oktoberfest: Ringgold Market Pavilion, 96 Depot St., Ringgold, Ga. Authentic food and drink, costume contest, music, 6-9 p.m. Saturday. bit.ly/RinggoldO
— Rocktoberfest: Rock City Gardens, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, Ga. German music, food, specialty beer, Birds of Prey shows, costumed characters, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in October. $26.95 adults, $14.95 children 3-12. Reserved timed-entry tickets required. seerockcity.com
— Rotary Club Craft Fair: Patriot Park, 186 Old Mill Ave., Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Handmade arts and crafts show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, through Oct. 30. Free admission and parking; freewill donations distributed to local charities. mypigeonforge.com
— Scarecrows on the Farm: Crabtree Farms, 1000 E. 30th St. Vote on a favorite scarecrow built by community supporters, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, through Oct. 30. Free admission. crabtreefarms.org
— Soddy-Daisy Fall Festival: Poe's Tavern Park, 9817 Dayton Pike. Inaugural event includes grand reopening of the farmers market, food, games, music, all day Saturday, starting at 8 a.m. bit.ly/Soddy-fall
— DeKalb County VFW Agricultural Fair: VFW Hall, 151 18th St. NW, Fort Payne, Ala. Live entertainment, handmade arts and crafts, chainsaw art, livestock exhibits. Gates open at 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday (final days). All times Central. Tickets required for carnival. dekalbcountyvfwfair.com
— Fall Festival: Mayfield Farm Park, 257 state Highway 307, Athens, Tenn. Corn maze, pumpkin patch, zip lines, Thursday-Sunday, through Oct. 31, plus daily Oct. 11-17; fireworks Fridays in October; Haunted Trail opens Saturday. $14.95 online, $16.95 at gate. mayfieldfarmpark.com
— Fun on the Farm: Guthrie Farms, 490 County Road 67, Riceville, Tenn. Corn maze, hay rides to pumpkin patch, animal petting barn, bounce pad, games, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 31. $15 ages 3 and up. guthriepumpkinfarm.com
— Grandaddy's Farm: 454 Highland Ridge Road, Estill Springs, Tenn. Pumpkin patch, hay rides, pig races, animal corral, fall market, noon-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, noon-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, through Oct. 30. Activity area $13 ages 3 and up. grandaddysfarm.com
— Harvest Celebration on the Mountain: Flat Top Mountain Farm, 13100 Jones Gap Road, Soddy-Daisy. Corn maze and pumpkin patch, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, through Oct. 31. $10 ages 4 and up. Family friendly haunted maze Fridays and Saturdays in October, $15. Facebook.com/flattopfarmTN
— Harvest Festival and Great Pumpkin LumiNights: Dollywood, 2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd., Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Artistic sculptures, elaborate fall scenes, artisans, seasonal food, entertainment, through Oct. 30. $79 ages 10-61. dollywood.com
— North Georgia State Fair: Jim Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta, Ga. Carnival, live music, lumberjack show, 4 p.m.-midnight Friday, 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 12:30-10 p.m. Sunday (final weekend). $10 gate admission ages 11 and up. northgeorgiastatefair.com
— Oktoberfest: Festhalle, 1074 Edelweiss St., Helen, Ga. Traditional music, dancing, food and beer, daily through Nov. 7; doors open at 6 p.m. during the week, 1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $8 during the week, $10 Saturdays, free on Sundays. helenchamber.com
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