Taking place amid the fall foliage and nestled in the New York mountains, Fall Fest – hosted by Peek‘n Peak Ski Resort – will once again welcome in all things autumnal. Everything from pumpkin carving to cornhole tournaments, from live music to pony rides, the festival – now in its 27th year, and packed into two fun-filled weekends – will offer a slew of activities for guests of all ages to celebrate and enjoy the mainstays of the autumn season before we start to see the snow fall and welcome in winter.
Also amongst this year's festivities are a craft show with more than 130 vendors; a farmers' market, featuring locally grown products; pumpkin carvings and pumpkin canons; and horse drawn rides.
For those that love a good run – and test of endurance – Fall Fest goers can join in the second annual Peak Mountain Challenge, a race starting at the Sugar Shack and ending at the top of Finsbury Field at the mountain’s peak, on Oct. 18. The first male and female participant to cross the finish line will win a full season ski pass.
But if running up a mountain isn’t really your thing and family entertainment is, there will be a petting zoo and pony rides for the little ones, and fan favorite Magician Bruce Kikola will also be on [slight of] hand.
If you’re just looking to relax and listen to some local talent, the festival will feature live music performed by Steve Strickland, Alice Kates, Bill Ward, and Derek Davis throughout the weekends.
And while there will hopefully be a few more months before you can hit the slopes, attendees will have the opportunity to trade in their old ski equipment for some new gear at the equipment swap.
The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day – and the best part is: Admission is free, which means that you don’t have to spend a dime if you don’t want to. But with all the activities and events, you’ll probably not walk away empty handed.
Oct. 11-12 and 18-19 // 1405 Olde Road, Clymer, N.Y. // 716.355.4141 or pknpk.com.