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Chances are there's a fall festival near you; get out and enjoy

Mary Pickels
| Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, 9:00 p.m.
Guests can enjoy wagon rides and visit 70-plus artisan and craft vendors, take nature hikes, train rides and enjoy music and campfires during Seven Springs Mountain Resort's 33rd Autumnfest.
Seven Springs Mountain Resort
Guests can enjoy wagon rides and visit 70-plus artisan and craft vendors, take nature hikes, train rides and enjoy music and campfires during Seven Springs Mountain Resort's 33rd Autumnfest.
Musical entertainment is among the many activities planned as Seven Springs Mountain Resort prepares to celebrate its 33rd Autumnfest in October.
Seven Springs Mountain Resort
Musical entertainment is among the many activities planned as Seven Springs Mountain Resort prepares to celebrate its 33rd Autumnfest in October.
Children's games, including pumpkin carry and pumpkin painting, are among the family-friendly activities planned as Seven Springs Mountain Resort celebrates its 33rd Autumnfest.
Seven Springs Mountain Resort
Children's games, including pumpkin carry and pumpkin painting, are among the family-friendly activities planned as Seven Springs Mountain Resort celebrates its 33rd Autumnfest.
Aurora Kimmell, 3, of Greensburg, selects her complementary pumpkin,
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Aurora Kimmell, 3, of Greensburg, selects her complementary pumpkin,
Riley Schmidt, 12, and Nicole Masartis, 9, of Shaler look at crafts during the Hydref Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, at the Depreciation Lands Museum in Hampton.
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Riley Schmidt, 12, and Nicole Masartis, 9, of Shaler look at crafts during the Hydref Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, at the Depreciation Lands Museum in Hampton.
Snehe Joshi, 10, of Wexford, pulls her brother Sandeep, 3, through the pumpkin patch at Soergel Orchards during the orchard's Harvest Weekend festival on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013.
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Snehe Joshi, 10, of Wexford, pulls her brother Sandeep, 3, through the pumpkin patch at Soergel Orchards during the orchard's Harvest Weekend festival on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013.
Desiree Schramm of Ross uses two hands for her selection in the pumpkin patch at Soergel Orchards in Wexford Sunday, September 22, 2013.  The annual Fall Festival of nearly 40 years continues weekends through October.
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Desiree Schramm of Ross uses two hands for her selection in the pumpkin patch at Soergel Orchards in Wexford Sunday, September 22, 2013. The annual Fall Festival of nearly 40 years continues weekends through October.
Siblings Lexi and Nicholas Weitlich of Kittanning play atop  a 700-pound pumpkin during the 2015 Pumpkin Fest at Renshaw Farms.
Valley News Dispatch file photo
Siblings Lexi and Nicholas Weitlich of Kittanning play atop a 700-pound pumpkin during the 2015 Pumpkin Fest at Renshaw Farms.
Faith Knuckles, right, 8, of Lower Burrell, covers her brother, Damir, 10, and sister Faith, 3, with corn in the corn box during the Pumpkin Fest at the Renshaw Farm in South Buffalo Township on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015.
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Faith Knuckles, right, 8, of Lower Burrell, covers her brother, Damir, 10, and sister Faith, 3, with corn in the corn box during the Pumpkin Fest at the Renshaw Farm in South Buffalo Township on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015.
Lily Fry, 3, of Ford City frolics on hay bales at Renshaw Farms' annual Pumpkin Fest in South Buffalo on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016.  The event continues every weekend in October from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Joyce Hanz | For the Tribune-Review
Lily Fry, 3, of Ford City frolics on hay bales at Renshaw Farms' annual Pumpkin Fest in South Buffalo on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016. The event continues every weekend in October from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Now that it's officially fall, it's time to head out to the many fall festivals throughout Western Pennsylvania. Communities, churches, businesses and other sites all have special ways to celebrate the season.

Here's just some of the ones coming up during the next month.

Seven Springs Mountain Resort

The resort is preparing to celebrate its popular Autumnfest's 33rd annual season in Somerset County.

The leaves are turning, the pumpkins are plump, and food, games and family fun are planned for the four-weekend event.

Planned on Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 30 through Oct. 22, the festival invites kids to come play with pumpkin painting, face painting, a hay bale maze, petting zoo, pony rides, magicians, more than 70 artisans and crafters and wagon rides. Games include a tug of war, pumpkin carry and hay bale toss.

Those ages 4 to 7 can try snowboarding for the first time at the free Pirates Riglet Park.

Additional activities for the younger set include Bavarian Games, nature hikes, train rides and campfires with s'mores. New this year are a variety of crafting demonstrations, including a glass blower, chainsaw carver and blacksmith.

Themes include Oktoberfest Weekends, Sept. 30-Oct. 1 and Oct. 7-8; Chili Weekend, Oct. 14-15; and Kids' Halloween Weekend, Oct. 21-22. Musical performances include such acts as Chris Higbee, , Radio Tokyo, The Stickers , and The Joseph Sisters .

Seven Springs' engineers will launch pumpkins for “pumpkin chuckin” at 1 and 4 p.m. each day of the festival.

Autumnfest is 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Sept. 30-Oct. 22. Admission: Free; $5 per car parking fee; no pets permitted on festival grounds. Details: 814-452-2223 or 7springs.com

Other festivals

Bedford's Fall Foliage Festival: Oct. 7-8, 14-15. The festival, which attracts nearly 70,000 people, takes up several of the downtown streets with more than 400 craft booths, demonstrating artisans, live entertainment, festival food, children's activities and interactive live theater. Details: bedfordfallfestival.com

Delmont Apple ‘n Arts Festival: Oct. 7-8. This annual festival will have more than 200 crafters and food vendors, a train, barnyard petting zoo, jumping balloon, and pony rides. Also, a 1907 antique apple press will make 5,000 gallons of fresh-pressed apple cider. Details: delmontapplenarts.com

Erntedankfest: A Harvest Festival at Old Economy Village: Oct. 7-8, Ambridge. This event celebrates the fall harvest and many of the tasks done to prepare for winter. Artisans will be cooking, baking and demonstrating many different crafts and skills. Details: oldeconomyvillage.org

Hickory Apple Festival: Oct. 7-8, Mt. Pleasant. The 34th annual Hickory Apple Festival, hosted by the Mt. Pleasant Township Volunteer Fire Company, has all the fall essentials — pie eating contest, a petting zoo, cloggers, apple dumpling, caramel apples and live music. Details: hickoryapplefest.com

The Hydref — a Fall Festival & Market Faire: Oct. 7, Depreciation Lands Museum, Allison Park. The Hydref (“autum” in Welsh) will spotlight 18th century crafts people, re-enactors, and “sutlers,” purveyors of 18th century goods. depreciationlandsmuseum.org

Mars Applefest: Oct. 7. See the train station, sip on fresh cider, and enjoy live entertainment, food, shopping, and more. Details: marsapplefest.com

Brews & Brats Festival: Oct. 7. Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington. This third annual festival will have German-themed food; craft beer tastings; beer stein, root beer and keg races; a pie-eating contest; a kids' carnival that includes pumpkin painting and a bounce house; and live music. Details: nemacolin.com

Fort Ligonier Days: Oct. 13-15. An outdoor festival commemorating a key battle in the French and Indian War, includes historical exhibits, music, crafts and other vendors at the fort and throughout Ligonier. fortligonierdays.com

Zelienople/Harmony Country Fall Festival: Oct. 14-15. There will be live music both days, arts & crafts, farmers market, horse-drawn wagons, petting farms, pumpkin contests, nightmare monster truck rides, a weenie dog race and more! Details: zeliefallfest.com

Farm festivals

Freedom Farms: Saturdays-Sundays, Sept. 30-Oct. 29, Butler. $10. freedomfarmspa.com

Renshaw Farms: Fridays-Sundays, Sept. 30-Oct. 29, Freeport. $7. renshawfarmspumpkinfest.com

Schramm Farms: Saturdays-Sundays, Sept. 30-Oct. 29, Jeannette. Activities priced separately. Details: 724-744-7320 or schrammfarms.com

Soergel Orchards: Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 30-Oct. 29, Wexford. Activities priced separately. Details: 724-935-1743 or soergels.com

Trax Farms: Saturdays-Sundays , Sept. 30-Oct. 29, Finleyville. Activities priced separately. Details: 412-835-3246 or traxfarms.com

Triple B Farms: 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 30-Oct. 29, Monongahela. $9, $14 for children. Details: 724-258-3557 or triplebfarms.com

Mary Pickels is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5401 or mpickels@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MaryPickels.

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