8th Annual Scarecrow FestivalIn downtown Dixon, Ill., Saturday, Sept. 20. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The Dixon Main Street Promotion Committee proudly presents this autumn fair that will offer a car show, a family fun fair, a pet contest, Art on The Square and a beer garden with live music (until 1:30 a.m.). Info: 815/288-2308.
Fall 2003 O-Galena! Orienteering FestivalOak Hill Farm, Jo Daviess County, Ill., Oct. 4 – 5. A leisurely walk in the woods using maps and compasses, or a competitive autumn run. Call for times/info: 815/777-3557, ext. 11.
Edwards Apple Orchard7061 Centerville Rd., Poplar Grove. A great selection of monthly apple harvests, as well as pumpkins (later) and corn. Their donuts are to die for, and the cider is phenomenal. Open now. Info: 815/765-2234. Also, has another location: Edwards Apple Orchard West on 8218 Cemetery Rd., Winnebago.
Currans Apple Farm63885 Kilburn Ave., Rockford. Pick your own apples and kick off fall with a traditional apple pie! Open now. Info: 963-7848, or www.curransorchard.com.
Valley Orchard 811 E. State St., Cherry Valley. Apples in the fall. Open now. Info: 815/332-9696.
Grannys Berries3405 S. White Rock Rd., Rochelle. Red raspberries available in September only. Open now. Info: 815/562-4462, or www.grannysberries.com.
Susies Garden Patch10258 U.S. 20, Garden Prairie. Corn, tomatoes, pumpkins and berries (if theyre still in season). Open until Oct. 31. Info: 815/597-3011.
Edgebrook Centers Cider & Cinnamon Arts & Crafts FairEdgebrook Center, 1639 N. Alpine Rd. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 4 – 5, from 10 a.m. to noon and noon to 4 p.m. A seasonal event featuring hot and cold cider, donuts, coffee, etc., as well as anything from hand-painted furniture to clothing. Two glassblowers will be on hand demonstrating their talent. Info: Jodi Foss-Bovi, 226-0212.
The Pumpkin Patch 3178 Illinois Rt. 173, Caledonia. Pumpkins, corn and mums. Featuring Wanda the Pumpkin Good Witch who hangs out in the patch. Open now. Info: 815/765-2587. www.thegreatpumpkinpatch.com.