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September 2013 Fall has a special air about it

The Labor Day weekend brings an unofficial end of summer and changes in the rhythm of everyday life. Flocks of geese are already gathering for their noisy retreat. School buses and trucks hauling farm implements signal it’s time for serious work. Soon fall colors will paint the northern landscape with a fresh coat of orange, gold and red. It’s time for a drive, bike ride, walk, canoe trip or boat ride to take it all in.

If fishing is on your fun fall things to do list, the Fall Classic Fishing Tournament on Long Lake lands on Saturday, Sept. 7 and there’s a Fall Slam Fishing Tournament on Fish Hook Lake Saturday, Sept. 14.

The Headwaters 100 bike ride will depart from Century School for 100-mile, 75-mile and 45-mile rides Saturday, Sept. 28. The event provides an opportunity for a beautiful ride in a well-organized event, sponsored by the Itascatur Ski, Bike and Run Club.

On Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28 & 29, the Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council will sponsor Art Leap 2013, a driving tour of artists’ studios and other cultural destinations. Additional events will include an Arts & Cultural Showcase in conjunction with Kinship’s annual spaghetti dinner at the Century School Friday night.

More fall fun begins Sept. 29 with a Pumpkin Party at Carter’s Red Wagon Farm and continues every Saturday through October. In addition to a hay bale maze, wagon rides, a crow shoot, giant slide, a pumpkin propeller, giant pumpkin boats, “cow milking” and much more, concessions, bluegrass bands and other activities, experience a 7-acre corn maze featuring Itasca State Park.

Many other activities and events are coming up in September. Or just head north for a stay and enjoy listening to the pine cones plopping to the ground below, the special scent of the fall afternoon air, the sight of early morning fog on lakes and fields and the feel of a warm campfire.

The Chamber Website has all the information you need to put together a memorable vacation or weekend visit. If you want help or have questions, call our friendly staff at 800-247-0054 to learn more.


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