3 things to do this weekend (10/20 – 10/21)


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Miranda Sandoval, staff writer

1.) Have a smashing time at Sinkland Farms Pumpkin Festival in Christiansburg, Virginia! Go on a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch and pick out a “great pumpkin” of your own (trust me, there’s some huge ones), or opt for one of Ed’s Carved and Painted Pumpkins. Make your way through their corn maze with friends and family or ride a rescue horse. There will be live bluegrass, folk, country, and blues music, which includes the Crossties, Mick Kyte, the Java Brothers, and Ginger and the Indian Run Stringband. You’ll also have the opportunity to shop around at the booths that the arts and crafts vendors will have set up.
Please see: https://sinklandfarms.com/ to find out more.

2.) Head to the amazing Apple Festival at Graves Mountain Lodge in Syria, Virginia! Get your hands on some of Virginia’s finest apples (or pick yourself up a pumpkin or gourd, if that’s more your thing). Better yet, breath in the refreshing scent of apple butter as it cooks over an open fire and taste it when it’s finished. There’s also plenty of delicious apple cider, applesauce, apple cinnamon ice cream, apple butter donuts, and homemade apple pie awaiting you. If you want a more substantial meal, they’ve got Brunswick stew, cornbread, hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecue, and more. Watch cloggers dance and listen to some good old bluegrass melodies played by bands like Old Dogs New Tricks and Small Town Rodeo. Buy a country gift from their gift shop, go horseback riding, or visit with the arts and crafts vendors. Bring your loved ones along – yes, even the pooch is welcome!
Click on: http://www.gravesmountain.com/ for extra details.

3.) Ghouls and boys, make sure to round up your friends for a frightening night at Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream event in Williamsburg, Virginia! Their “elaborate haunted houses, immersive themed scare zones, challeninging escape rooms, and darkly entertaining live shows” will make for one spooky experience and a bloody good time. Be sure to hold on tight to your best buddy as you explore the “Terrortories” – Fools’ Court, Garden of the Souls, Axe Alley, Ripper Row, Sideshow Square, and Vampire Point. If you’re feeling super brave, go on one of their rollercoasters. Above all else, beware the Haunting Hour…
For more info, visit: https://buschgardens.com/williamsburg/events/howl-o-scream/.