The leaves are changing colour, the air is getting crisp, harvest is in full swing for many crops. Autumn is my favourite season for so many reason’s. Here are 5 of my favourite things about the Fall season in Norfolk County in no particular order (however I could probably list 30).
It’s pretty hard to sum up the Norfolk County Fair in a few sentences. It’s more of a feeling, it’s hard to describe. You know that feeling you used to get when you first woke up Christmas morning before you saw the gifts under the tree? Yeah, that’s the feeling! The Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show has just kicked off it’s 177th year, I can already smell the fair food and and hear the rides. It isn’t all about the rides, games and food either. The agriculture and livestock buildings are just as exciting, there is such a sense of local pride. I couldn’t possibly explain it, go see for yourself!
We’re lucky to live in a County filled with an abundance of beautiful walking trails and outdoor spaces to enjoy. The Waterford Heritage Trail is a must-see in the fall, particularly at Black Bridge. The bridge over looks the Waterford ponds and it is a stunning view when the leaves are changing in to their autumn colours. You may spend more time stopped to enjoy the views and wildlife then hiking or biking but, either way, you’ll enjoy the experience. Make sure to add this to your to do list this fall.
If you haven’t had a chance to visit Frank E’s in Vanessa, you must make the trip. They are proud 3rd generation apple farmers producing quality products. I guess it’s obvious, you can stop by and pick up some farm fresh quality apples (in an abundance of varieties) and their incredible apple cider. But Frank E’s is more than a one stop shop. Customer’s are raving about their mustards and other preserves. You will also find mother-watering baked goods, soups and frozen entree’s. It gets better, depending on the time of year, they are serving delicious homemade breakfast and lunch. Not to mention how incredibly friendly and kind they are. Seriously, make sure you pay them a visit before their season ends to grab a bite to eat and to stock up on goods for the winter.
No, Pumpkinfest is not a festival of pumpkins spice latte’s. Pumpkinfest is a classic Norfolk County festival celebrating the season and the community! From the iconic towering pumpkin tower and the creepy Spookhouse, to the epic parade and the Friday night fireworks, Pumpkinfest is a perfect family fall event. On the schedule this year is SUP racing, soapbox derby, live entertainment and carnival rides and games. Of course, there is much more than that happening at this 4-day festival. Mark your calendar for Oct 12-15 this year!
You may have enjoyed an apple cider donut before. But if you have not had one from The Apple Place in Simcoe, then you’ve been missing out. If you’re stopping by my place this thanksgiving weekend then hold the bottle of wine and pie, I’ll take a box of freshly baked apple cider donuts please. While you’re at The Apple Place, check out all of the other goodies and treats they have to offer including apples, cider, honey, and other baked goods!
There you have it, five truly Norfolk things that I am thankful for this Fall! What are your favourite things about Norfolk County in the Fall?