It’s Officially Autumn, by Kathy Smith

It’s officially autumn all you lovers of cooler weather, beautiful red and yellow leaves, and apple cider. And with the arrival of fall comes a whole different range of activities instead of our summer favorites like swimming, eating watermelon and putting up hay. I asked my co-workers what they did in the fall and here are some of their replies.

Out of the 25 co-workers I spoke with, at least four have plans to attend Cedar Point Halloween weekends, have a Halloween party themselves, or visit Kings Island near Columbus for Halloween festivities. Another four are celebrating their birthdays or the birthday of a family member. One dad has to plan and host his daughter’s 17th birthday party and he’s very concerned.

Several other co-workers plan to attend one or more of the local fall festivals in our area. The Hartford Apple Festival, the Huntsburg  Pumpkin Festival, the Burton Applebutter Festival, and of course my favorite, the Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival  were all mentioned. One co-worker has attended the Covered Bridge Festival for at least the last eight years. She and her husband buy a Christmas ornament and a covered bridge calendar every year and then they have to sample the cheese on a stick and the bean soup at the fairgrounds before heading off to visit the bridges. They drive to half of the bridges on Saturday and then visit the other ones on Sunday.

Three people mentioned that they plan to spend time raking leaves in the fall. One said he was going to use a leaf blower to get the leaves off of his lawn and one said the leaf piles were for his kids to jump into. Only one person said he had started chopping wood for the winter. A farm wife said they were chopping corn for the silo and that her husband had planted wheat and was waiting for the soybeans to be ready to combine. A co-worker was going to finish off her garden and get it ready for winter while another girl had to winterize her pool.

Two co-workers mentioned visiting Sage’s Apple Farm in Chardon and Patterson’s Fruit Farm in Chesterland with their families to pick apples and go to the corn maze. One girl and her family want to go to the corn maze in Columbiana County. Two other co-workers plan to attend several local wineries this fall. One co-worker plans to attend the Kinsman Presbyterian Church bazaar held in early November for an outstanding turkey dinner. Her family helped for many years with the serving, helping in the Attic Room, making candy and helping in the Candy Room and washing dishes.

Autumn means football for several of my co-workers. One father watches his daughter cheer and his son play football in the Greenville area. Another dad feeds his young son spaghetti and meatballs for breakfast as part of their pre-game ritual before his Mighty Mites football games. And one dad says his son is getting ready for basketball by attending mini-camps in shooting and ball handling.

One woman told me that fall means she and her daughter go to Goodwill or Salvation Army stores and buy winter coats and toys for the kids in the family. The best part is that they always get to eat at Red Lobster afterwards.

Only one co-worker said that fall means hunting to him. He hunts everything, but especially raccoons.

Finally one woman told me that her family has hayrides, bon fires and weenie roasts in the fall. Sounds like fun to me. So get out there and enjoy whatever you and your family like to do. There’s something for everyone here in northeastern Ohio.

Kathy Smith is a farm wife from Wayne Township. She writes for the Ashtabula County Farm Bureau.

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