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HAPPENINGS: Fall activities and festivals happening in our area

CRESTVIEW — When I was growing up, there were many fall fun activities in which we could participate. There were corn mazes, picking a live pumpkin from a pumpkin patch, going on a hay ride, having a bonfire and roasting hot dogs and marshmallows, bobbing for apples, cake walks and more. Sometimes, we'd even go to the beach for our bonfires and hot dog roasting.

I have found some fun, family activities in our area that may be of interest.


  • Holland Farms, 2055 Homer Holland Road, Milton, will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day through Nov. 6.  Activities include a pumpkin patch, hayride, train, corn maze and children's games. Details at or call 850-675-6876.
  • Sweet Season Farms, 22560 Horn Road, Milton, will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 7. They have a corn maze, pumpkin patch, and hayrides. Visit or call 850-686-9917 for details.


The following locations in Crestview have pumpkin patches.

  • First United Methodist Church, 599  Eighth Street, Crestview. Their pumpkin patch is a fundraiser for children's programs and camp scholarships. A Daily Story Time is available, with reservations required. Call 850-682-2018 to reserve a spot. Pumpkins of all sizes are available.
  • Lance C. Richbourg School Pumpkin Patch, 500 Alabama St., Crestview. Call 850-689-5089 for details.
  • The Crestview Main Street Association Fall Festival is 1-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 on Main Street. There will also be food vendors at the family-friendly event. Call 850-810-6722 for details. Admission is free.

You can also host your own fall block party with your neighbors or have a family time with pumpkin carving contests, other games, an enclosed fire for hot dog and marshmallow roasting. Bean bag tosses, hopscotch and other games would also be fun.

I haven't bobbed for apples in years, but it sounds interesting. Use your imagination and enjoy your own fall festival.

Many churches will also be hosting fall festivals on Sunday evening, Oct. 31. Check around and see what fun opportunities they have to offer.

Have a safe holiday!

Janice Lynn Crose

Janice Lynn Crose, a former accountant, lives in Crestview with her husband, Jim; her two rescue collies, Shane and Jasmine; and two cats, Kathryn and Prince Valiant.

This article originally appeared on Crestview News Bulletin: HAPPENINGS: Fall activities and festivals happening in our area