2018-10-04 / Front Page

Elijah Clark to host Fall Festival, will kick off with movie night Fri.


Throw a blanket or chair in the trunk of your car and head out to Elijah Clark State Park as it kicks off its Fall Festival Friday night with a family-friendly movie. Throw a blanket or chair in the trunk of your car and head out to Elijah Clark State Park as it kicks off its Fall Festival Friday night with a family-friendly movie. Elijah Clark State Park is decked out in all its fall finery in preparation for the annual Fall Festival that will take place October 5-7. According to park naturalist Diane Burgoon, “we look forward to a month filled with fun and seasonally centric ac­tivities for people of all ages.”

On Friday, October 5, festivities will run from 7-8:30 p.m., and will feature a family-friendly movie.

On Saturday, October 6, 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 and pumpkin will kick off 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 7, 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.

Junior Rangers will meet for some fall fun from 9 a.m. until 12 noon on Monday, October 8.

Children ages 6-12 are invited to participate in activities includ­ing hayrides, pumpkin painting, a scarecrow hunt, scarecrow archery, and an Elijah Clark house tour. Cost is $15 for the first child and $12 for additional children in a family.

After dark Saturdays, October 13 and 20, 8 p.m.-10 p.m., visitors may go to the assembly shelter to enjoy a starry night and cold lem­onade. There they can observe the stars above and listen to stories be­ing told about the constellations. Star charts and a telescope will be on hand and the park naturalist will demonstrate how to use them and how to make star wheels to take home. Participants should have their own binoculars and/or tele­scopes. This event is free as well, but parking charges always apply.

A special “Haunted Park” week­end has been slated for Friday, Oc­tober 26, and Saturday, October 27.

For this Halloween-centric fes­tival, activities will include house tours of the Elijah Clark homestead cabin, witches and ghosts mini- golf, “ring the monsters,” hayride, scavenger hunt and a haunted house adventure from 6-9:00 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

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

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