2017-09-28 / Front Page

Elijah Clark Park will host fall and Halloween festivals

Elijah Clark State Park’s annual Fall Festival will take place October 6-8, and include fun and seasonally- centric activities for people of all ages.

On Friday, October 6, festivities will run from 7-8:30 p.m., and will feature a family-friendly movie.

On Saturday, October 7, a full day of activities will be held, beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 9 p.m.

A special archery class with scarecrows will kickoff the day’s events, and at 4 p.m. the fall festival activities will commence – includ­ing adventures at a pumpkin patch, mini-golf, hayrides, bobbing for apples, a bouncy house, “ring the scarecrow,” and more. The cost is $5.

Sunday, October 8, will include a rousing game of bingo from 8-9 p.m.

Furthermore, several other fam­ily friendly events are set to take place over the next month at Eli­jah Clark State Park as outlined below.

On Saturday, September 30, from 9-10:30 a.m. a “Clean the Picnic Area” will be held in honor of “Your State Parks Day.”

Patrons will join the park’s staff in in conducting a beach sweep, removing debris from the picnic area, and picking up trash. Drinks will be provided by the park, and participants are asked to take their gloves and necessary tools with them. “It’s amazing what we can get done when we work together,” park officials said.

A “Moonlight Canoe Trip” has been scheduled for Thursday, Oc­tober 5, from 6-7:30 p.m.

Guests will join certified instruc­tors for an evening paddle on Clarks Hill Lake, while also getting an opportunity to see the water “in a whole different light,” as the moon is projected to be big and bright at this time. Equipment will be pro­vided, and those interested must register no later than the day before the event. The cost is $10-$15.

A special “Haunted Park” week­end has been slated for Friday, October 27, and Saturday, October 28.

For this Halloween-centric fes­tival, activities will include house tours of the Elijah Clark homestead cabin, witches and ghosts mini-golf, “ring the monsters,” hayrides, and a haunted house adventure from 6-9:30 p.m. on Friday night. The cost is $3 per activity, with the ex­ception of the haunted house.

On Saturday, a themed ghosts and goblins “Archery for Beginners” class will be held at 10 a.m. The cost is $5. From 6-9:30 p.m. the same aforementioned activities will be offered for the same price.

For more information on Elijah Clark State Park events contact the park’s office at 706-359-3458 or visit www.gastateparks.org/Elijah­Clark.

Several family-friendly events will also be held at Mistletoe State Park in Appling throughout the month of October, as outlined below.

A special kids fishing rodeo will take place on Saturday, September 30, from 9 a.m.-noon.

According to the park officials, “Kids, we’re stocking a special area with fish just so you can catch din­ner for the family tonight.” There will be raffle prizes and a quick lunch available afterwards. The rodeo is limited to kids ages 15 and under. Children may fish from the bank only, and are asked to take their own pole and tackle. No fish­ing license is required.

In honor of “Your State Parks Day,” a garden and trail cleanup has been scheduled for Saturday, September 30, from 9 a.m.-noon.

The Mistletoe Park staff is seek­ing volunteers to tidy gardens and trails for the fall season. Volunteers will be able to choose their own challenge, whether it be picking up litter on the rock dam or pull­ing weeds in the garden behind the office. Participants will meet at the Nature Center at 9 a.m. for instruc­tion. Participants are also asked to take sturdy shoes, water, gloves, and hand tools with them. Admis­sion is free for volunteers assisting in projects.

“Home School Adventure” will take place on Thursday, September 7, from 1-4 p.m.

Participants will join the park’s naturalist every month for a home school adventure, however each month the theme of the program will change. This program is ap­propriate for students ages five and older. The cost is $5, and reserva­tions are required.

The adventure themes are as follows: l October 5 – “What Animals and Plants Need to Survive.” l November 2 – Plant and Animal Adaptations. l December 7 – Holiday at Mistletoe.

“Hike and Craft” will be held on Saturday, October 7, from 10 a.m.-noon.

Guests will join the park’s natural­ist on a one-hour hike and then cre­ate a craft as a souvenir to take home with them. Participants are asked to wear sturdy shoes and dress ap­propriately for the weather, as well as take plenty of water with them. Park officials stated, “Remember, these hikes will try different trails at Mistletoe, so arrive a little early to find out where each month’s hike is starting.” Crafts are $2, however there is no fee to hike.

A family fall festival will also be held on Saturday, October 7, from 3-9 p.m.

In celebration of the fall season, patrons will enjoy hayrides, crafts, hikes, games, story telling, and more family-friendly activities throughout the afternoon and eve­ning. The cost is $10 per vehicle.

Mistletoe’s “Halloween Party” has been slated for Saturday, Octo­ber 28, from 6-9 p.m.

“We will play bowling Hallow­een style,” park officials reported. “There will be Halloween themed treats for anyone that comes.” Campers will compete for a prize to see who can decorate the scari­est campsite. There will also be haunted hayrides throughout the night, which cost $2 per ride.

For more information on Mistle­toe State Park events contact the park’s office at 706-541-0321, or visit gastateparks.org/Mistletoe.

Those with A. H. Stephens State Park have also organized a few fall events, open to the public, includ­ing “A Walk to the Stars,” slated for Saturday, October 21, from 8-11:30 p.m.

The evening will start with a sensory hike and end in the park’s large event field where guests will see and learn about star constel­lations, while also getting a great view of the Orionids meteor shower. Participants are reminded to wear comfortable shoes and to take their favorite camping chair, blanket, and flashlight with them. Participants are asked to meet at the park office. The cost is $5.

“A Haunted Evening at A.H. Stephens” is slated for Saturday, October 28, from 7-10 p.m.

Join park staff and Friends of A.H. Stephens for a fun evening of ghouling events. Activities include a haunted hayride, treats, movies on the lawn, games, campfires, and a campsite decorating contest for both RV and equestrian campers. Hayride registration will be in the concession building, located behind the park office. The cost is $5.

There is a $5 parking fee as re­quired by all Georgia State Parks. For more information on A. H. Stephens State Park events contact the park’s office at 706-456-2602 or visit www.gastateparks.org/ AHStephens.

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