Hailed by USA Today as “extraordinary.” Experience the glow of 5,000 pumpkins carved into amazing works of art and set in a magical display during this night-time spectacular. A team of professional pumpkin carvers spends six weeks creating the trail, resulting in a truly breathtaking display. Feast your eyes on thousands of carved and illuminated pumpkins with hundreds of them depicting people, places, and scenes — all with painstaking detail and amazing intricacy!
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This annual festival is a family-oriented community event spanning the first two weekends in October. The event offers six days of spectacular fun, delicious food, live entertainment and crafts. Come see the Apple Fritter and Apple Pie Eating Contest, plus an Apple Harvest Bed Race, road race and more. Festival dates are Sept. 30, Oct. 1-2, and Oct. 7-9.
Fun for competitors and thousands of spectators alike, the Wife Carrying Championships receive international media attention each year. Teams from across the United States and Canada compete head-to-head for fame, fortune and a chance to compete at the World Championships in Finland. The origin of North American Wife Carrying Championship is based in Finnish history. The modernized wife carrying event is all in fun, and in reality, is a true test of physical strength, agility and teamwork between man and woman.
Build your skiing and snowboarding dummy – then hurl it down the trail and see how far it goes! Dummies can be either skiers or snowboarders and need to be able to make it down the in-run to the kicker. Big prizes for the best dummy.
You can catch the best jazz, blues, rock, pop, folk, and bluegrass shows. The music starts Friday, JULY 8, at 2 pm on the Waterfront Gazebos Stage and at the Gateway Center and finishes with a lively finale at EastSide Restaurant on Sunday, JULY 10 from 4 - 7 pm.
Named “One of America’s Top Summer Activities” by Travel and Leisure magazine, this annual festival has 50 free events in 50 stunning locations. Choose from exhibits, performances, workshops and demonstrations of painting, poetry and crafts, poetry workshops, lectures, a full moon celebration and culinary extravaganzas. Be sure to plan for “A Taste of the Valley” — the most talked about culinary event of the summer season!