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Corn mazes, fall festivals and extra issues to do in October in Franklin County – Public Opinion


October would possibly simply be the busiest month of the yr. Between fall- and Halloween-themed occasions and different actions, everybody can most likely discover one thing enjoyable for his or her calendar.

Here’s a listing of issues to do that coming month in Franklin County. It is damaged down into seasonal occasions and different actions, each in chronological order.

Corn mazes, fall festivals, Halloween occasions

Corn maze and extra at Nation Creek Produce

Each day by way of Nov. 5

3794 Etter Highway, Chambersburg

Along with the 4-mile-long corn maze — which Nation Creek says is the longest within the space — common admission consists of leap pads, a hay pyramid, zip traces, mountain slides, rat races, wingers, duck races, a petting zoo, pedal cart observe and extra. For a further worth on the weekend, you’ll be able to entry the brand new Ferris wheel, pumpkin cannon or the barrel practice. The pumpkin patch can be open.

The entrance to the corn maze at Country Creek Produce, pictured in 2016.

Worth: Admission is $8.50 on weekdays and $12 on weekends (free for ages 2 and youthful). Pay $15 on weekends for the addition of a ticket that can be utilized on one of many further actions. Season passes can be found.

Hours: 9 a.m. to five p.m. Monday by way of Friday; 10 a.m. to six p.m. Saturday; midday to five p.m. Sundays.

Night time Maze: Wish to undergo the maze at nighttime? Nation Creek shall be open 6-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in October (beginning Oct. 7). Admission is $13.

Extra information: and Nation Creek’s Fb web page

Corn maze and extra at Stoner’s Dairy Farm

Friday, Saturdays and Sundays by way of October

7678 Oellig Highway, Mercersburg

On the weekends, you’ll be able to discover the 5-acre corn maze, take a hayride, try the petting zoo and let unfastened on the varied play areas. There may be additionally a barrel practice experience, leap pad, pedal cart observe and even a “scarecrow manufacturing unit.”

Fridays are “Flashlight Nights.” Convey a flashlight to assist as you traverse the corn maze at nighttime. The corn maze, mini corn maze, hayrides and petting zoo shall be open.

Stoner’s additionally hosts Haunted Maze Nights that final two Saturdays in October (see entry close to the top of this listing).

Worth: Admission is $8 for ages 4 and older (free for 3 and youthful) and $4 for ages 60+ and energetic army with ID.

Hours: 7-10 p.m. Fridays; midday to 10 p.m. Saturdays; midday to five p.m. Sundays (final admission 45 minutes earlier than closing).


Market Day in Waynesboro

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1

Downtown Waynesboro

The chili cook-off and scarecrow contest will return to this yr’s pageant, hosted by Mainstreet Waynesboro. There shall be many distributors and actions alongside Fundamental Avenue and in Fundamental Avenue Park.


Applefest in Chambersburg

9 a.m. to five p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15

Downtown Chambersburg

Rejoice the autumn season with this annual craft, artwork, meals and enjoyable pageant in and round Chambersburg’s Memorial Sq.. It’s considered one of a number of occasions the Downtown Enterprise Council hosts for the group and guests every year.


Crowds gather downtown for Applefest. Applefest started Saturday morning October 20, 2018 in downtown Chambersburg.

Harvest Day at Cowans Hole State Park

10 a.m. to three p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15

Cowans Hole State Park, 6235 Aughwick Highway, Ft. Loudon

Convey the household out for conventional fall enjoyable. There shall be pumpkin carving, hayrides, crafts, an apple cider press and extra. Browse and store distributors.

Worth: Free admission

Extra information:

Pumpkins and Pippins Competition

Midday to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15

Pine Hill Recreation Space, 12684 Mentzer Hole Highway, Waynesboro

Hosted by The Institute, there shall be quite a lot of pumpkin-related actions (together with a pumpkin adorning contest), a youngsters’ zone, a StoryWalk, pony rides, stay music and extra. The pumpkin trebuchet ought to be a starring attraction.

Worth: $10 per automobile (money solely)


Shippensburg Pumpkin Competition

Friday-Sunday, Oct. 21-23

Shippensburg Fairgrounds

The spotlight of this inaugural occasion would be the stay pumpkin carvings. The occasion may also characteristic a pumpkin pie bake-off, pumpkin portray, a pie-eating contest, fall distributors, hayrides, a hay bale maze, tractor parade and extra.

Hours: 4-8 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to six p.m. Saturday; midday to five p.m. Sunday

Worth: Free admission

Extra information:

Fall Fest close to Greencastle

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22

Greencastle Legion Grounds, 4775 Williamson Highway, Greencastle

This third annual occasion can have carnival rides, helicopter rides, axe-throwing, a beer/wine backyard and an enormous craft market with greater than 350 distributors. Greater than 10 meals vehicles shall be on web site.

Mason-Dixon Creations hosts the occasion.

Worth: Admission and parking are free, however there are charges for actions.


Haunted Maze Nights

8-11 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 22 and 29

Stoner’s Dairy Farm, 7678 Oellig Highway, Mercersburg

Scary monsters lurk inside the corn stalks of the five-acre corn maze. Be sure you convey a flashlight.

Stoner’s advises that the frights could also be an excessive amount of for youths youthful than 10. Marshmallows, s’mores kits and different refreshments shall be accessible for buy.

Worth: Admission is $10. Group reductions accessible with advance registration. Day-of ticket gross sales begin at 7:30 p.m.


We’ll publish a separate listing of trick-or-treat occasions quickly.

Different occasions

Chinchorreo: Latin Hispanic Meals Crawl

1-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1

Downtown Chambersburg

Rejoice Hispanic Heritage Month by making an attempt out the numerous Latin and Hispanic eating places in Chambersburg. Visitors will obtain a passport that may give them entry to the occasion at eating places downtown. Participants include Jordyn’s Caffe, Taqueria La Esquinita, Amor De Madres, Veroni Cafe, Mikey’s Mini Donuts, L&L Creations, Avocado Cafe, El Gallo and Falafel Shack.

A passport is $25. Visitors will be a part of the crawl in two waves, at 1 and a couple of p.m. There have been loads of tickets nonetheless accessible for each waves as of Sept. 26.

Tickets and extra information:

Mercersburg Beer and Wine Competition

1-5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8

Mercersburg Lion’s Membership Park, 405 S. Park St., Mercersburg

Greater than 15 breweries, distilleries and wineries will serve up drinks all through the afternoon. Nation artist Zac Grace and acoustic/people singer Samantha Press, each locals, will carry out. Meals vehicles will be sure there’s a lot to eat.

Common admission is $40 upfront, $45 on the gate, and consists of “limitless accountable entry” to all beers, three samples from wineries/vintners, and entry to purchase glasses or bottles of wine and distilled merchandise, and a free pattern cup.

There may be additionally a VIP admission for $60 that features free lunch, a “particular restricted brew,” a free full-pour cup and early entry.

Visitors might pay a further $15 for limitless full pours of beers.

Free shuttle service is out there for many who purchase tickets upfront.

A delegated driver ticket for $10 can be accessible.

Solely adults ages 21 and older shall be permitted on the occasion.

Tickets and extra information:

Native Jam on the Capitol Theatre

7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8

Capitol Theatre, 159 S. Fundamental St., Chambersburg

Native musicians will kick off the 2022-23 season at Capitol Theatre. The Stable Shakers will headline the present on the historic stage, performing tunes from Bob Dylan and Tom Waits, in line with the band’s Fb web page. Larissa Chace Smith from The Hello Strangers will be a part of them.

Lucky Punk will open.

Gearhouse Brewing Co. shall be on web site serving up its beers. Different drinks and meals may also be on sale.

Tickets and extra information: Purchase tickets, $35 (reductions for senior residents, college students, frontline staff and energetic army), at

Vikings Return

11 a.m. to three p.m. Oct. 15 and 16

Fort Loudoun, 4720 N. Brooklyn Highway, Ft. Loudon

The Medieval occasions will take over at Fort Loudon, the place the dwelling historical past performers Njörðr’s Wanderers shall be making ready for winter. From the event’s Facebook page:

“Our warband has established a Longphort alongside an area waterway, in anticipation of the approaching winter. We’ll look to buying and selling the final of our items readily available, crafting objects for subsequent yr’s commerce, placing up provides for the winter, and securing the neighborhood in opposition to the locals. There may be speak that the situation would make a high quality commerce city, and some have began on establishing a everlasting settlement.”

Members of the general public are invited to observe.

Medieval teams and “people with good historicity” who’re occupied with collaborating ought to ship a message to the Njörðr’s Wanderers on Facebook.


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