Fall festivals keep spirits high in Hanover, Adams County
Summer has come to a close and cooler weather is right around the corner.
Autumn, though, brings with it many festivals and opportunities to enjoy the crisp temperatures.
Where: 108 W. Main St., Fairfield When: Sept. 26 and 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
With fall comes the 35th Annual Pippinfest, where each day features a different activity.
A community yard sale, craft and food vendors, musicians and a quilt show are just some of the sights to see.
A kid's corner will be available for children and a cruise-in car show will all take place in Fairfield.
For more information, go to www.pippinfest.com
National Apple Harvest Festival
Where: 615 Narrows Road, Biglerville When: Oct. 3 and 4 and Oct. 10 and 11 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Currently in its 51st year, the National Apple Harvest Festival will be held two full weekends in October at the South Mountain Fairgrounds.
Many of the events and attractions at the festival have been going on since its inception, including arts and crafts, an antique car show, apple cider press and the Apple Blossom Queen.
"Entertainment has grown to include bands playing live music on several stages throughout the fairgrounds, Native American dancers, tractor square dancing, a petting zoo, steam engine with working shingle mill, apple pie auction, whose proceeds are donated to charity, and much, much more," according to the event's website.
For more information, go to www.appleharvest.com
East Berlin Pumpkin Festival
Where: 405 North Ave., East Berlin
When: Oct. 10 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This event includes food, games and other fun for the entire family. And, of course, lots of pumpkin-themed activities.
Pumpkin baked goods will be available for purchase, and visitors can enter their pre-carved pumpkins into a pumpkin-carving contest.
Kids can also play games like pumpkin stacking, pumpkin tic-tac-toe and pumpkin sweep, among others.
Proceeds will benefit the East Berlin Area Community Center and Zwingli United Church of Christ.
For more information, call the community center at 717-259-8848 or visit www.ebacc.org.
Rock the Mansion
Where: 305 Baltimore Sreet, Hanover
When: Oct. 10 from 3 to 7 p.m.
The Hanover Area Historical Society is hosting its 50th Rock the Mansion event with free admission.
Guests are invited to wear their best '60s apparel while enjoying the music of that time period.
Beatlemania will be performing at the outdoor event, and there will be tie-dyed shirts and food.
For more information, visit the Hanover Area Historical Society's Facebook page.
Super Magical Skate
Where: Magic Elm Skateland
When: Oct. 10 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Kids can meet and dress up as their favorite princesses and superheroes at this fundraiser for Hanover's Black Rose Rollers roller derby team.
The event inclues skating, crafts, face-painting and a costume contest.
The cost is $6 for skaters, $3 for non-skaters and free for children under the age of 2.
Tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com (search for Super Magical) or at the door.
Warehouse Gourmet's Oktoberfest
Where: 7 Pennsylvania Ave., Hanover
When: Oct. 12, 6 p.m.
Gear up those taste buds for some cheese, veal and apple strudel to help celebrate Warehouse Gourmet Bistro & Brew Pub's 10-year anniversary.
The eatery will celebrate its first Oktoberfest, offering people food that coincides with fall.
The pub is preparing a six-course meal that involves appetizers, entrees and dessert — all paired with a signature beer.
Tickets are $65 per person.
For more information, visit www.warehousegourmet.com
Where: Downtown Hanover, Center Square
When: Oct. 17 from 3 to 8 p.m.
Main Street Hanover is hosting a sip-and-stroll-style event to celebrate the coming of fall and the town's German heritage.
Samples of food, wine and beer from downtown Hanover businesses will be available for those who attend. Live music will be available for enjoyment, as well as in-store specials.
All proceeds benefit Main Street Hanover's future events and initiatives, according to a news release from Main Street Hanover.
For more information, go to www.mainstreethanover.org
Halloween in the Park
Where: Codorus State Park, 1066 Blooming Grove Road, east of Hanover
When: Oct. 23 and 24 from 6 to 10 p.m., trick or treat 6 to 8:30 p.m.
This annual fundraiser for the park features hayrides showcasing decorated campsites, food vendors, trick-or-treating and a Saturday pet parade to benefit Animal Rescue, Inc.
The cost for the hayride is $12 per car, and guests are encouraged to bring flashlights.
Visit www.halloweeninthepark.org for more information.
Where: 1 Lincoln Square, Gettysburg
When: Oct. 23, 8 p.m.
The 15th Annual Masquerade party will take place at the Gettysburg Hotel with a rock-star theme, according to a news release from Adams County Arts Council.
The eight-piece Colgan Hirsh Band will provide live entertainment. The event also features a costume contest conga line and silent auction.
Make sure to bring along a singing voice because a new addition to the masquerade party is a karaoke contest.
If hungry, the party offers dinner beforehand, at $75 per person. However, for those who have already stuffed themselves with too much candy, general admission is $20.
For more information, contact Debbie Westmoreland at email@example.com
Where: New Oxford's center square
When: Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The fourth Saturday in October wouldn't be complete without the Harvest Day and Parade that occurs every year. The event features crafts, food vendors and activities for the kids.
The annual parade starts at 3 p.m. at the center square in New Oxford.
For more information, go to www.newoxford.org
Hanover Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Where: 500 George St., Hanover
When: Oct. 30 from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
For $15 per person, teams of three to six will start at the North Hanover YMCA in hopes of being the first team to finish a scavenger hunt.
This event is adults only, and a designated driver is required.
All proceeds will benefit the Hanover Relay for Life, according to a post on the Hanover Halloween Scavenger Hunt's Facebook page.
It's recommended teams bring a digital camera, flashlight and other tools they feel they may need to succeed in the hunt.
The top three teams will be awarded trophies, and medals will be given to those with the best themed costumes.
For more information, visit Hanover Halloween Scavenger Hunt's Facebook page.
Nightmare on Carlisle Street 2015
Where: 22 Carlisle St., Hanover When: Oct. 31 from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m
Halloween becomes a night for gamers at Timeline Arcade's second annual Halloween party.
Guests can expect unlimited gaming with various arcade tournaments and toy vendors. The event is BYOB and also includes a costume contest, live music, food and other haunted additions.
For more information, visit Timeline Arcade on Facebook.
Hallowine & Swine
Where: 251 Peachtree Road, Franklin Township
When: Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Join Adams County Winery for a night involving a barbecue pig roast.
Yes, a pig roast.
The event will include a consume contest, music, hayrides, hot mulled wine and a bonfire.
Tickets are required for the evening and a limited amount of VIP tickets are available.
Each $25 general admission ticket or $20 in advance ticket includes entry and a barbecue plate. But, a $25 VIP admission guarantees reserved seating in the pavilion and the barbecue plate, according to a release from Adams County Winery.
The event will happen rain or shine.
For more information, go to adamscountywinery.com
Daily Record/Sunday News reporter Ted Czech and Evening Sun reporter Jennifer Wentz contributed to this report