Fall Festival kicks off in Beulah

Patrick Harrison, the "Lord of the Gourd," will be putting on gourd carving demonstrations in Beulah during Beulah's half of Fall Festival. (File photo)

Patrick Harrison, the “Lord of the Gourd,” will be putting on gourd carving demonstrations in Beulah during Beulah’s half of Fall Festival. (File photo)

BEULAH— While the busy summer season is over, Benzie County still has plenty for residents and visitors to celebrate throughout the fall months.

A two weekend-long fall festivals start in Beulah on Oct. 7, featuring a variety of activities taking place throughout the village all day.

At 10 a.m., a cookie sale begins at the Beulah Trailhead Building, sponsored by the Friends of the Darcy Library. A host of activities start at 10:30 a.m. in Beulah Park, including pumpkin decorating and gourd-carving demonstrations done by Patrick Harrison, the “Lord of the Gourd.”

A climbing wall and a bounce house also will open at 10:30 a.m.

A short drive from Beulah, the Benzonia Public Library is hosting children’s games and stories from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and at 11 a.m., the The Benzie Area History Museum will offer a guided tour of the World War I exhibit at 1 p.m.

A sidewalk chalk art contest will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Beulah, and at noon, the Fall Soup Contest begins in Beulah Park Paviillion.

An event favorite, restaurants, organizations and individuals from across the county enter their best soup recipe for visitors to sample. Taste-testers can vote on their three favorite soups, and a winner will be crowned.

Also at noon, the Park and Shine classic vehicle and motorcycle show will be held, and horse drawn carriage rides will be available.

Face painting will begin from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. and a hula hoop contest will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

For more information, visit the Benzie County Chamber of Commerce at www.benzie.org or call (231) 882-5801.

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