County full of fall-themed events, festivals

By CHRISTINE STEPHENSON
cstephenson@dcherald.com

October is here, which means Dubois County is about to be brimming with autumn- and Halloween-themed events, from pumpkin decorating to zombie-themed music festivals.

Although summertime is always the busiest season for tourism, Visit Dubois County Executive Director Whitney Hall Lubbers said, October is always a packed month for events.

“A lot of that summer tourism carries into the fall, so it’s still a really nice season for us,” she said. “There are a long list of events, and a lot of them are just really great ones that are coming up for the fall season.”

The second weekend of October is when activities and events will really start to ramp up, she said. That Friday, Oct. 8, and Saturday, Oct. 9, are packed. Events that weekend include Fall Harvest Days on Fourth Street in Huntingburg, where the downtown shops will have sidewalk sales and fall deals, and the third installment of dinner series Harvest Party on High Pointe. More information about the party can be found by calling the Jasper River Centre at 812-559-0111.

That same weekend will feature two festivals: the Southern Indiana Renaissance Celtic Fling and Haunted Huntingburg.

Sponsored by the Southern Indiana Renaissance Faire, the Celtic Fling will feature Celtic music and entertainment, including a beer garden, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 8 and 9 at the Dubois County 4-H Fairgrounds. Tickets are $15.

Haunted Huntingburg’s event, called Zombie Bites and Blues, will take place Oct. 9 at Market Street Park. It will include four food vendors from 1 to 7 p.m. and live blues music from artists Muddy Gutt, Hog Maw, Warrior Kings and Tommy Stillwell Band. The event will also include an outdoor family movie from 1 to 2 p.m. and a zombie-free kids zone featuring inflatables and face painting.

On Oct. 16 and 17, more than 200 booths will fill the Harvest Home Arts and Crafts Festival at the Dubois County 4-H Fairgrounds. The festival attracts vendors and shoppers from several states, according to its website. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 16 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 17, vendors will sell handmade crafts, floral arrangements, baked goods and more. All items sold at the event are handcrafted.

Dubois County’s libraries will also be hosting several fall-themed events throughout October. On Oct. 5 from 6 to 7 p.m., the Ferdinand Branch Library will have a family fun night, where parents, guardians and kids of all ages can enjoy games, crafts, snacks and pumpkin decorating. Kids are encouraged to come in their Halloween costumes, if they have them already.

The Jasper Public Library at the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center will have an autumn decor painting session Oct. 12 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Visitors will be provided a flour sack towel and will design a fall wall hanging.

To view other fall-themed activities at the local libraries, visit https://jdcpl.us/calendar/ and https://huntingburglibrary.org/.

And, of course, there will be plenty of trick-or-treat opportunities around the county later in the month. The Dubois County Museum will once again host Spooky Streets, where kids of all ages can come for indoor trick-or-treating in the candlelight village. Other areas of the museum will also be open for more spooky viewing. The event will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 21. More information about trick-or-treat events around the area will become available as Halloween approaches.

More fall events can be viewed at https://visitduboiscounty.com/.




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