Indiana’s Covered Bridge Festival 2019

Indiana’s Covered Bridge Festival 2019

Indiana’s very own Parke County hosts the state’s largest annual festival. By largest, we mean it stretches through the entire county and into 9 separate cities with crafty boutiques, yummy comfort food, beautiful artwork, and so, so much more. According the The National Covered Bridge Society, Parke County actually has the most covered bridges than any other county in the United States with 31 covered bridges. Patrons from all over the United States come for this unique, lovely festival, and we want you to be in the know about it! Keep reading for brief historical information on covered bridges, and some details on the festival itself! History of Covered Bridges in Parke County According to the State of Indiana’s website, covered brides have existed for over 200 years. Originally designed for protecting buggies against the elements, covered bridges answered that need, but they doubled as gathering places for revivals, festivals, and so much more. Today, many have been restored and kept to the best of the states’ and county’s abilities, and now the Parke County covered bridges are on display for you and your family during this annual event! Parke County does a great job of introducing you to this part of their history, so click here for a Parke County Covered bridge locator map. Additionally, click here for more historical information about Parke County. Details about the Covered Bridge Festival This festival runs daily from 9:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. from October 11 – 20.As stated, this festival stretches into 9 cities in the county. Click here to view each location in Parke County, and what craft, event,...
Purdue’s 150 Giant Leaps Final Celebration

Purdue’s 150 Giant Leaps Final Celebration

There are some major, exciting things happening this weekend in Greater Lafayette, IN. As you know, Purdue University serves our community through many avenues, but over the past year, we’ve all been celebrating 150 years of Purdue University. 150 years of Giant Leaps, both benefiting our direct community and impacting the world. This weekend, all of the celebration comes to a grand finale, including an astronaut reunion, with homecoming weekend. We can’t wait to see you there! What to Expect: Homecoming festivities happen from October 9 – 12. See below (or click here) for more details! Concluding with Purdue University‘s homecoming game against the University of Maryland!The community is involved too! A local corn maze celebrating and inspired by the Giant Leap campaign, Exploration Acres, and it won USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards for best corn maze!There are a couple of speeches to attend, including one by Condoleezza Rice, a homecoming parade, meet and great for astronauts, concerts, and more. Keep reading for more information! Daily Schedule This information came from the Purdue University website and Facebook event page! Oct. 9Condoleezza RiceGiant Leaps Series: Rice, the former U.S. Secretary of State, will speak as part of Purdue’s Giant Leaps Series as part of the 150th anniversary celebration. She was the 66th U.S. secretary of state, serving under President George W. Bush. The event is at 6:30 p.m. in Elliott Hall of Music. The event is sold out.Oct. 10Alan Stern “What If We Return to Pluto?”: Stern is a planetary scientist, space program executive, aerospace consultant and author. He has written three books, “The U.S. Space Program After...
Fall Festivals in October!

Fall Festivals in October!

Here we go again! We gave you all the need-to-knows concerning Fall Festivals in September, and now we have your back for the continued happenings throughout October. Here’s the breakdown- from the history rich Feast of the Hunters’ Moon to the family favorite, Boo at the Zoo– in Greater Lafayette, IN! First Weekend of October 52nd Annual Feast of the Hunters’ MoonFort OuiatenonOctober 5-6, 2019 Saturday from 9:00 A.M – 5:00 P.M. Sunday from 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.“The Feast of the Hunters’ Moon is a re-creation of the annual fall gathering of the French and Native Americans which took place Fort Ouiatenon, a fur-trading outpost in the mid – 1700s. It is held annually in early autumn on the banks of the Wabash River, four miles southwest of West Lafayette, Indiana.”Click here to purchase tickets in advance.Click here to view an event map. Second Weekend of October Parke County Covered Bridge Festival This festival actually has 9 locations throughout Parke County. Click here for links and information on what’s where!October 11-20, 2019“For all things fall, visit Indiana’s largest festival, The Covered Bridge Festival. This 10 day festival always starts on the 2nd Friday in October. The Parke County Covered Bridge Festival – showcases the county’s 31 historic covered bridges and features authentic arts and crafts, fantastic food, and beautiful fall foliage. Each community has a specialty.”Fall Fest 2019Cornerstone Baptist ChurchSunday, October 1312:00 – 3:00 P.M.This is a free event! “Join us for our annual Fall Fest! There will be food, tons of games, and many booths to visit!”Fall FestivalGrace Lutheran ChurchOctober 13, 201912:30 – 4:00 P.M.Food, games, root...
Pumpkin Patches in Greater Lafayette!

Pumpkin Patches in Greater Lafayette!

With “It’s a Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” on the T.V., pumpkin dessert in the oven, Fall leaves on the ground outside, all you need for the perfect Fall experience is the perfect pumpkin. Fortunately, we’ve done all the footwork and found the best places around for you to get your pumpkin hunt on. You’re just the beneficiary! Here are some local pumpkin patches (and experiences) around Greater Lafayette, IN! Corn mazes and pumpkin patches often work hand in hand, so click here to view a complete list of corn mazes around too! Local Greater Lafayette, IN Pumpkin Patches Exploration AcresAccording to the Exploration Acres Website their pumpkin patch has these credentials: “sprawling over 11 acres, the patch has 38 varieties of pumpkins and gourds to choose from.. They range in weight from 1 to 200 pounds$.35/pound.” Enough said!Exploration Acres also hosts Northwest Indiana’s largest corn maze! It’s an overall, must do, Indiana Fall experience! Click here for more information on the corn maze fun!6042 Newcastle Rd, Lafayette, IN 47905Open from September 13 – October 27, 2019Thursday (October only) 6:00 – 10:00 P.M.Friday 6:00 – 11:00 P.M.Saturday 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 P.M.Sunday 12:00 – 7:00 P.M.Wea Creek OrchardWea Creek Orchard specializes in their amazing variety of apples, and they definitely don’t fall short in the pumpkin category! Watch for their Facebook Page to announce when the pumpkins are ready for a good pickin’!Also, be sure to check out their Fall Festival on October 20, 2019! Click here for more information!$.40/lb5618 S 200 E, Lafayette, IN 47909Open until November 2019!Thursday – Saturday from 10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.Sunday from 12:00 –...
Corn Mazes Around Greater Lafayette

Corn Mazes Around Greater Lafayette

Amp up the thrill this Fall, y’all, with country corn mazes here in the Greater Lafayette, IN area! With corn mazes available with skill levels of easy to rugged escape, you’ll find something up your alley. Here’s some information on the growing fun to be had around these parts out in the corn fields! Corn mazes and pumpkin patches often work hand in hand, so click here to view a complete list of pumpkin patches around too! Greater Lafayette, IN Local Corn Mazes We found this photo on the Exploration Acres Facebook page! Exploration AcresSeasonally, Exploration Acres opens to the public for a full corn maze and pumpkin patch! It’s one of the most known corn mazes in the state of Indiana, and – fun fact – it holds the title for the largest corn maze in Northwest Indiana! Exploration Acres doesn’t hold back when it comes to Fall, family fun. Hay rides, fire pits for rent, a rustic store, and so, so much more are all on the property! Click here to explore their website for more information.Here are some fun stats for reference: 18 acres, 9 miles of path, 4 mazes!This year, the main corn maze theme displays our very own Purdue University’s 150 Year Giant Leaps campaign. Click here to see the current outline/map along with links to year’s past designs.Additionally, this year Exploration Acres partners with Rugged Xcape for an escape room type maze. It runs only on Saturday and Sundays in October, and it’s designed for a 20-30 min group activity! Click here for tickets and more information! This is not a haunted maze,...
Fall Runs and 5K’s in Greater Lafayette, IN

Fall Runs and 5K’s in Greater Lafayette, IN

Cool, crisp, fall air makes for a great time to get out and get fit! Greater Lafayette, IN serves every level of runner/walker! So let us encourage you to get out there and find a race that works with your personal goals. Also allow us to encourage you to be active in our community! These are causes directing influencing or pouring back into our community, and we can’t find anything better to support! * Please note that there are 2 half marathons in October! * September Schedule September 15, 2019Tippy Mud Run5K course with 10+ obstacles and a kid’s mile run!There will be food vendors at this event, and there are multiple competition levels. There’s registration for fitness gurus and fitness noobs. Join this super fun event!100% of proceeds support Greater Lafayette, IN‘s Junior Achievement.Click here to register!September 18, 2019Farmer’s Market 5K – September!Visit the West Lafayette Farmer’s Market, and then run a 5K while you’re at it! Don’t miss the one in October as well.September 21, 2019Woodland Trail Run/WalkTake a run through beautiful Murdock Park! 1 mile and 2 mile courses available! Team registration is also available!Click here to register!September 22, 2019Cupcake Run/Walk10K, 5K, and an 80 yard dash for kiddos!Register here!September 27, 2019Right Steps Glow Run 5KThis is a nighttime run! 5:00 – 7:00 P.M.“Join us for pre-race activities including music, food trucks, face painting, games, and more!” – this 5K will be fun for the family. “Proceeds will benefit Right Steps Child Development Centers whose mission is to provide and advocate for quality child care and early education.”September 29, 2019IU Arnett Family Fun Day & 5KThis...