6 Must-Dos in the Juniata River Valley in the Fall
When your travels bring you to the Juniata River Valley during the breathtaking fall season, there are tons of events that should make it onto your must-visit list.... places to meet new friends and spend time with old friends. Whether it’s pursuing one of the various markets in the town or experiencing the many adventures awaiting in the sprawling outdoors, the Juniata River Valley has something for everyone. We have your guide to make the most out of your visit to Buttonwood!
1. Reedsville Apple Festival
What says fall fun more than an apple festival? With the Reedsville Apple Festival nearby, this is a must for the full fall experience. Located just a short, scenic drive away, this event promises great food, all the apple cider your heart can desire, and even an apple butter boil! With plenty of activities for the kids, this is the perfect place to spend an afternoon enjoying the sights, smells, and atmosphere of the season.
2. Juniata County Fair
Port Royal offers a wide assortment of family fun and excitement with the Juniata County Fair. With seven days of food and entertainment for everyone, there are truck and tractor pulls, go kart races and musical artists. And those are just a few activities that this fair has to offer, not to mention livestock, arcades, and food. If you are looking for a place that has it all, this is it!
3. McClure Bean Soup Festival and Fair
Your trip would not be complete until you made a day trip to the McClure Bean Soup Festival and Fair. Take some time to watch the milk chugging contest (which always promises to be a great show), or the shoebox float contest, rooting for your favorite among the contenders! If you feel like joining in on the fun, there are plenty of assorted farm games you can participate in. Despite the name being about soup, the history behind the festival is rich in this nation's history-- it was started by a group of Veterans of the Civil War of McClure on July 23, 1883, to honor all who have served our great country.
4. Goose Day
If you’re looking for a distinctly unique experience, then you definitely should plan your trip to fall on Goose Day! September 29th is a day to celebrate the many culinary delicacies to be made from this bird that are sure to have every mouth watering. Come down and stop into any of the wonderful restaurants in Mifflin and Juniata Counties to partake in any number of the delectable goose based dishes that these establishments have to offer.
What fall getaway would be complete without a visit to a harvest festival? HarvestFest here is a must for everyone. With free admission and parking, it's easy to get in and start having fun. Classified as the largest show of its kind, Harvestfest will keep every member of the family entertained, and happy. Saturday is a must visit for some of the best chicken BBQ you’ve ever tasted, and beyond that, you are bound to find something yummy among the other fifty-plus artisans and vendors. With endless shopping for local goods, it's easy to support small, local businesses here. This is a must-stop for fall lovers of all ages!
6. Lewistown Halloween Parade
Who doesn’t like a little spookiness during their vacation? If you have kids, you should definitely check out the Lewistown Halloween Parade. With the local high school band in costume, the parade brings the perfect vibe for Halloween. Costumes, candy, and music... oh my! This parade is the perfect fun Halloween time outing for people of all ages. Come dressed up, or just enjoy seeing everyone in their Halloween finest, this parade is sure to be a boo-tastic good time!
There are endless adventures waiting for you in the Juniata River Valley. Come and see what it has in store for you! Ge in touch with us to start planning your vacation to the Juniata River Valley and Buttonwood Campground. Come for the adventure, stay for the memories... hope to see you soon!