Trick-or-Treating in Oz
Halloween comes but once a year; a chance to be someone (or something) else, and a chance to get some free candy, of course. For those who feel the need to grumble or refuse candy to teenagers participating, please refrain from saying, "Aren't you a little old to be trick-or-treating?" Let them be young; it's better to be trick-or-treating than getting into trouble. Just smile and reward them with candy.
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Fall is here, and that means it's time to get your pumpkins and apples! Luckily, finding a humble pumpkin patch, or a sweet-smelling orchard in Oz is not too difficult a task.
One of the best ways is to let the farmers come to you at one of the area's Farmers Markets. In Oz, there's one for almost every day of the week, and you're sure to find what you're looking for!
Of course, if you're looking for a farm to visit, we have those, too:
Cedar Creek Farm has just about every pumpkin hunting experience you could hope for: a kid's straw bale, a corn maze, and much more fall fun, close to home. Add in no admission fees and FREE Hay Wagon Rides, and they are THE place for affordable family fun. Cedar Creek Farm is located at 649 Hwy. 60 in Cedarburg.
Appleland in Fredonia has apples, of course, and a stunning variety of them, at that, but they also have pumpkins to pick or already picked, and an assortment of jams, bakery, caramel apples, cider, and more in their market store. Free wagon rides on the weekends. Appleland is located at 4177 Highway 57 in Fredonia.
Buechler Farms is one of the newest in Oz to offer a family fall experience. A petting zoo, corn maze, hayrides, and kiddie train are available, as well as pumpkins, gourds, and cider. The farm is located at 587 South Royal Ave in Belgium.
Barthel's Fruit Farm in Mequon and Nieman's Orchards in Cedarburg are two of the most favorite places to go apple picking in Oz. Both farms offer pumpkins, pears, and a variety of other treats, as well. Barthel's is located at 12246 N Farmdale Rd. in Mequon, while Nieman's is located at 9932 Pioneer Rd. in Cedarburg.
If you're willing to venture a bit out of Oz, there are a few places worth the trip:
Spieker's Pumpkin Farm in Random Lake features a massive corn maze, hay rides, and an incredible variety of pumpkins and gourds, as well as a petting zoo, and more. Find it at N1181 Hwy. 57 in Random Lake.
Meadowbrook Pumpkin Farm and Market in West Bend has quite the exotic petting zoo, and a haunted corn field, a totally unstaged and hair-raising adventure through 8 plus creepy houses and 3/4 miles of narrow trails in tall, dense corn, on narrow confined trails. Not exactly family fun with young children, but possibly a great outing with your teenagers or adult friends. Find Meadowbrook at 2970 Mile View Road in West Bend.
The good book says, "To every thing there is a season." In Cedarburg, to every season there is a festival, and Fall means it's time for Wine & Harvest. On Saturday, September 17th and Sunday, September 18th, Washington Avenue in downtown Cedarburg will close to traffic and fill up with artists, food, music, and fun of all kinds.
Cedarburg's own Cedar Creek Winery inspired this food and art oriented celebration 44 years ago, and it has grown in popularity each year. Visitors will find a Farmers Market, hundreds of artisan products for sale, a pumpkin carver, sheep shearing, street performers, hay rides, live music from the likes of Frog Water, Will Pfrang, Stereotype, the Rhythm Kings, and the Whiskeybelles, and all kinds of activities and competitions for all ages.
One of the most popular competitions at the festival is the annual Grape Stomp, a hilarious and action-packed event for both adults and children, which takes place outside the Winery on both days of the festival. The Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off is a hit, which also includes watermelons and gourds.
Many of the downtown businesses offer raffles, sales, and activities during the festival. Tours of the historic Kuhefuss House Museum are available, and the Cedarburg Art Museum's Beer Garden will be open. Bounce houses and a barrel train, as well as other activities for children, will be located at Cedar Creek Park. Outside of downtown, the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts will also have their latest exhibit, Quilt Nihon: Treasures from Japan.
The 44th Annual Wine & Harvest Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit the Festivals of Cedarburg website: http://www.cedarburgfestival.org/, or their Facebook page.