Fall festivals became a tradition all over America after World War II. The tradition began in Germany in 1810 when the town of Munich began to hold a 16 day Harvest Festival called Octoberfest to celebrate the season of their farming labors. The German festival was celebrated with red cabbage, Wurst (sausage), Kassptzn (cheese noodles), Rerberdatschi (potato pancakes), and Knodel (potato dumplings).
There are a lot of fall festivals going on around Baltimore City this year.
Harbor Harvest will be held on October 16th, 2011 from 10 A.M. until 3 P.M. You can find the festivities at the West Shore Park of the Inner Harbor area in Baltimore City which is between the Maryland Science Center and the Baltimore Visitor Center. This fall children’s events will include a petting zoo, a pumpkin patch, a straw maze, kids’ crafts, and live music by the musical group MILKSHAKE. Admission is free.
River Valley Ranch in Millers, Maryland will be holding a “Maizefest” every Saturday in October from 12 noon until 6 P.M. They have a 6 acre maze set up in their corn fields where participants will search for the way out and also “puzzle” pieces. Bring a flashlight, or be prepared to purchase one at the ranch. The puzzle pieces search is for the older children and adults who enjoy math problem solving games after the maze challenge.
Other highlights of the festival include horse rides led by trained staff, an old fashioned hayride for children and adults, and a pumpkin patch where children can pick out their own jack-o-lantern. Mom can select a pumpkin for her pie too.
Concessions at the Saturday events include BBQ, Polish Sausage, funnel cakes, and homemade chili.
There is a small admission to the event, but if an adult brings you and you were a camper at River Valley Ranch last summer, your admission is free.
Savage Mill in Ellicott City, Maryland has a tour guide who will share with you the spooky stories of old Ellicott City. According to the HOWARD COUNTY BEACONI this area is regarded as one of the most haunted locales not only in Maryland, but in the whole country. Marty Schoppert – dressed up in 19thcentury garb – will lead a tour of Savage Mill on Friday and Saturday evenings in October while he recalls the tales he has heard thereabouts. Many claim to have been tripped by a little girl ghost who stays in Savage Mill. Marty claims to have been one of her victims.
Of course, the Maryland foliage will be putting on a festival celebration of seasonal fall too!