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Kevin Marsh's daughters, Maddie and Autumn, nap in one of their father's giant pumpkins. Photo by Kevin Marsh of Parker, SD.
Kevin Marsh's daughters, Maddie and Autumn, nap in one of their father's giant pumpkins. Photo by Kevin Marsh of Parker, SD.

South Dakota Web Roundup

Oct 5, 2012

 

The dropping temperatures and crunchy leaves signal that it's fall festival time in South Dakota. 

Pumpkins are an October must-have decoration, and picking them is a big part of the fun. At Prairie Village in Madison, kids travel to the pumpkin patch in style — via train. Monster squash vie for top honors at Saturday's Great Pumpkin Weigh-In and Harvest Festival at the Country Apple Orchard in Harrisburg. Pumpkins receive rougher treatment at Newton Hills’ FestiFALL and Candlelight Walk. (Hint: catapults are involved.)

Scarecrows are another fall staple. Huron’s Great Scarecrow Festival features a park full of bird-frighteners, including some moving models.

How's your sense of direction? Test it out at a local corn maze. Heartland Country's is open through October 31. (There's a cheat sheet for it here.

For some, October means adult beverages, polka music and German food. If that's more your style, check out Deadwood’s Oktoberfest and Bierborse in Rapid City. 

 

 

 

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