AUTUMN APPLE PICKING
The Orchard (1120 N Highway 99) is a great place to go for outdoor fun. Pick your own apples, fish in the well stocked pond, or play a round of miniature golf. Try an apple cider slushie at their country store, or buy local honey, fresh local fruits and produce, and a variety of Kansas-made products.
ON THE FARM In October, visit the
Roga Pumpkin Patch (150 Rd 140) to find the perfect pumpkin on a real working farm. This is a must go attraction every year before Halloween. En-
joy hayrack rides, corn mazes and a hay bale play area for the kids.
Enjoy the Yuletide in downtown Emporia. Take a horse-drawn Carriage Ride tour of historic Commercial Street Thursdays in Photo by Justin Ogleby
October is full of spooky events. The Historic Haunted Tours offer a behind-the-scenes flashlight tour of downtown locations. Dress the kids up and visit all your favorite Commercial Street businesses during Downtown Trick-or-Treating for sweet treats. (emporiamainstreet. com)
Freedomfest (emporiafreedomfest.org) is an amazing array of events ranging from the family friendly 1-mile Freedom Run, to a disc golf tournament, to the most challenging 4 hours of your life, the Will to Win Spur Challenge, a 5k run, 40 mile gravel grinder, and SPUR readiness test.
December, and ring in the season by watching the Annual Community Christmas Parade. After shopping downtown during Moonlight Madness, see the Holidaze Lighting display at the David Traylor Zoo.
WHITE CHRISTMAS AT RED ROCKS
Tour Red Rocks State Historic Site, the former home of famed journalist, author and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, William Allen White. Red Rocks is decorated for the holidays, and local talent performs your favorite seasonal music for this Open House.