On Saturday October 24, Gilbert Lake State Park held a Fall Festival for local residents and families living in and around Laurens, NY. In addition to the Park’s normal activities (which you can read about on their website here), there was pumpkin carving, opening hiking trails around the lake, a bouncy house, and local foods and crafts.
One of my favorite parts of the Festival was the food (and why shouldn’t it be). One table sold home-baked plain and cider donuts, and chilled apple cider for $1. A few local artisans were selling clothing (sweaters and cardigans) along with some food (honey, syrup, and candies), and other products like hair accessories and mittens.
There was even a dog show going on beside the lake, as people were encouraged to bring their dogs along.
While there weren’t a lot of activities directed at college-aged students, it was definitely a pleasant alternative to staying on campus. I was surprised to see so many people at the Festival (and some sororities selling raffle tickets and collecting funds for different charities), but it made sense at it was a beautiful day.
You can check out Gilbert Lake State Park here. Fall Festivals are not exclusive to Gilbert Lake, and I suggest looking into events held by a state park near you (which you can find here), before fall comes to a close.
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