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Festivals, Pumpkin Patches, School Carnivals – It Must Be Fall!

Praise for fall and all the fun events at this time of the year. Finally released from humid heat and mosquitoes, it's time to get out and explore the wealth of fall events in our neighborhoods.

Was it just a month ago that we were still dealing with summer-like heat and mosquitoes? Not so much any more. Crisp fall air is here. Enjoy it and don’t complain about being cold!

A great way to enjoy fall is all the festivals and carnivals and BBQ that are all over our area on the weekends. No matter how sophisticated or how hooky, this ritual each fall is a part of the landscape that has been going on for 50 years or more.

At Bass High School we had a carnival every year, always trying to outdo the other classes. One year my class had a booth that featured “Uncle Freddy,” a.k.a. Lawrence Benson, an aspiring stand-up comic He was incredible funny. Kids and even their parents were laughing so hard that they blew Coke out of their noses!

While Bass is now loft condos, the Candler Park neighborhood holds a great festival each fall. I’m not sure, but I don’t think they had an “Uncle Freddy.”

Now days you can pig out at the Greek Festival one weekend and then stuff yourself with BBQ at Oak Grove United Methodist Church the next. School carnivals often feature craft fairs to keep the parents occupied while the children bounce in a big green plastic frog or get their faces painted. Pumpkin patches are great places to find that perfect gourd to carve for the best jack-o-lantern – and to support Scout groups and churches.

Check out what November has to offer in our fantastic neighborhood. Heck, you don’t have to go to the North Georgia Mountains to enjoy fall leaves and great fun.

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