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Harvest-time Favorites around Sparta!

With fall weather finally arrived, we've hand-picked some of our favorite things to look forward to around Sparta!

1. Apple and Pumpkin Picking

One of the most memorable parts of fall is apple picking and choosing your own pumpkin. There are so many different places around Sparta where you can get both. To get your apples and pumpkins, you can visit a Sparta area farm such as Steffens Orchards, Schwallier’s Country Basket, Klein’s Cider Mill, Grange Fruit Farm, DK Orchards, Fryear's Farm Market, and Fruit Ridge Hayrides. After an afternoon of picking, unwind at the Stoney Ridge Winery, Ed Dunneback & Girls Fruit Farm with Pink Barrel Cellars, or the Brick Haus Brews in Sparta. The full selection of markets can be found through the Fruit Ridge Country Market Guide.




2. Hayrides, Corn Mazes, & Haunts

Is there anything more FALL than a hayride pulled by tractors or horses? Local spots like Schwallier's Country Basket and Fruit Ridge Hayrides all have options to check out. Corn Mazes are a must-do, for the young and young-at-heart each year. Fruit Ridge Hayrides, Schwallier’s Country Basket, and Apple Valley Fun Farm usually have some spectacular mazes! Sparta also hosts two haunt attractions if you are brave enough to try! Abandoned Acres on Fruit Ridge Ave and the new Grim Acres on Stebbins Ave.



New this year, the Dog Days event will be Saturday, October 16 in downtown Sparta, in the Sparta Town Square (201 E. Division, Sparta). Sparta welcomes your furry (and fishy, and scaled, and... leathery?) pets, and we are excited to host our first Dog Days to celebrate! Bring your well-mannered pets to the Sparta Town Square for shopping, food, and treat bags from us to your pets! Saturday, Oct 16 from 11 am – 3 pm

We encourage our attendees to bring a food donation as we collect donations for pet-related non-profit organizations! Interested to join us as a vendor or to hand out information on your animal-related business? Email us at chamber@spartami.org!



4. Scare in Sparta Town Square & Pumpkin Decorating

On Saturday, October 30 from 11-2 pm, bring a kiddo in costume for some shop-to-shop trick or treating, get your own BOO BAG (don't worry adults, no costume required for this one!) courtesy of the Sparta Town Square filled with treats for the kids and some fantastic gift certificates to the local shops for the adults! The dance studio will host a “spook house” walk-through with rooms for the young kids and the ones who would be scared! Pumpkins can be decorated on-site with stickers for the kiddos to bring home!




5. Getting into the Holiday Spirit in Sparta

As the holidays get closer, our Sparta Town Square shops will host a “Christmas Open House” with all the retail boutiques in the Sparta Town Square showcasing some new gift ideas! With the huge tradition of the must-see tree lighting event on November 19 with a lighted parade and firework show, Shop Sparta is a memorable night to kick off the holiday season! Beat the crowds and stop into downtown Sparta on your Black Friday shopping excursions, as our shops will host Black Friday events that will be something to write home about!


Yeah, yeah, we added some Christmas-themed things in the Fall harvest blog. Welp, that's the way the cookie crumbles sometimes! To be entered into the Lights Parade on Friday, Nov. 19, email Betty at vanpattenbetty@yahoo.com.



Don't see something that we should've added? Let us know, we're only human! Love to add all our fun things going on for all to see! Email us at chambersparta@gmail.com for anything we need to include!! <3 Sparta TODAY Staff


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