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September 13-Nov 3, 2019
Devine's Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch - Harrodsburg, Kentucky

September 14-October 31, 2019
Harvest Festival - Georgetown, Kentucky


October 3-5, 2019
14th Annual Fort Harrod Beef Festival
Fort Harrod, Kentucky
Who grills the best steak? Who grills the best Burger? These and other titles will be on the line at the Annual Fort Harrod Beef Festival.  The festival weekend is chocked full of activities for all age groups. Mercer County Fairgrounds.  We would love to have you join us as we celebrate Kentucky’s beef industry!  Entrance into the festival is FREE, but there is a charge for some activities.

October 4-5, 2019  57th Kentucky Apple Festival
Paintsville, Kentucky
Love Them Apples! Always the first Saturday in October.  You absolutely cannot come to the Apple Festival without eating a Tiger Ear, or a Fried Apple Pie. But you don't have to stop there, with dozens of food booths all conveniently located in the downtown area, you can try one of everything.  Crafter's come from all over the United States to sell their hand made crafts here at the Apple Festival. So come and join us won't you, bring the kids and we guarantee that you will find something for everyone, and we know that you and your family will have a great time at the Kentucky Apple Festival.

October 4-5, 2019  Jim Beam BBQ Classic - Springfield, Kentucky
Our cook-off event has been sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society and named a KY State Championship Competition by Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear. $10,000 in cash prizes up for grabs!  (also: )

October 5, 2019  Annual Metcalfe County Pumpkin Festival
Edmonton, Kentucky
A day full of food, and music and events including a 5K Run/Walk, car cruise-in, beauty pageant, tractor show, karaoke, dance, and children's parade.

October 5-6, 2019 - 33rd Annual Farm Festival - Owensboro, Kentucky
Located at Lampkin Farm at 8284 Short Station Road in Daviess County, features John Deere Tractors & Equipment from the 1800's to the present. Family fun including kiddie rides, tractor pulls, antique cars & trucks, and a flea & craft market.


October 5-6, 2019 - Sorghum Festival - Springfield, Kentucky
Many events are planned including the 5K Sorghum Shuffle, Baby Contest,  Corn Hole Corner, Parade, Frog Jumping Contest, Car, Tractor, and Motorcycle Cruise In, Washington County Fair Exhibits, Food and Craft Vendors, Small Town Big, Big Heart Idol, and Free Concert!!! Come join us for the 2019 Sorghum Festival!!!!

October 5-6, 2019  The Great Pumpkin Fest - Utica, Kentucky
Everything pumpkins...... A celebration filled with pumpkins. The Great Pumpkin Hunt will begin at 2PM (Children bring your baskets). Prizes Given. The event will include pumpkin painting and contest, Guess the Weight of the Giant Pumpkin, pumpkin bowling, Funky Pumpkin Game, pumpkin sculpting and contest, a pumpkin toss, and face painting. Listen to live entertainment, hop aboard a hayride to the Pumpkin Patch, find a pumpkin in the Pumpkin Poundage Patch, Get Lost in the interactive Giant Corn Maze, visit our new Animal Barnyard, or enjoy the scenery while the children play in the Family Fun Acre. The entire family will enjoy tasting pumpkin pies, pumpkin bread, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin rolls, pumpkin juice and having bushels of family fun!

October 11-12, 2019  43rd Trigg County Country Ham Festival
Cadiz, Kentucky
A celebration of the county's world-famous country hams, and the world's largest edible country ham biscuit!

October 12, 2019  Wine on the River World Tour - Louisville, Kentucky
Louisville’s Annual Wine tasting event at the beautiful Big Four Lawn at Waterfront Park from 2pm-6pm. Sample wine from NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL vineyards. With an “Around the World” theme focusing on cultural regions with wine, food and beer in each selected area. Live Music Entertainment.

October 14-18, 2019 - National School Lunch Week - Nationwide
School Nutrition Association.

October 19-20, 2019  Reid's Orchard Annual Apple Festival
Owensboro, Kentucky
The Apple Festival is an event for the whole family with 20 food booths, 90 crafts booths, entertainment, demonstrations and carnival riders. The festival has been named a Top 10 event by the Kentucky Tourism Council and a Top 20 event by the southeast Tourism Society which covers eleven states. Save the dates on your calendar.


October 26-27, 2019
James Beard Foundation's Taste America
Louisville, Kentucky
James Beard Foundation’s Taste America national epicurean tour, featuring one-night-only collaborative dinners.  Enjoy a unique, one-night only menu created by a Taste America All-Star joined by an elite team of notable local chefs. These exclusive dining events are perfect for the food enthusiast, as well as offering ideal entertaining opportunities for executives, clients, media, and VIPs.  See website for ticket prices and details for each city.

October 26-27, 2019
Halloween Bash & Pumpkin Smash Festival
Utica, Kentucky
Join us for an extra-special Halloween celebration this year! Don't miss our pumpkin smashing activities ranging from The Giant Pumpkin Roll, Whack-A-Pumpkin, The Great Pumpkin Drop, The Tractor Smash, Pumpkin Darts, Pumpkin Chunk’N, Pumpkin T-ball, Pumpkin Baseball, Bash 'Em & Smash 'Em, Pumpkin Bowling, and a few Pumpkin Smash 'em Surprises! At 4:00PM join the Halloween Parade with our Trunnell’s characters with Candy In The Corn! Bring your little ones in costume to gather Halloween treats as they make their way through our Spookley Mini-Corn Maze! An absolutely adventurous way to kick off your Halloween! October Saturday Movies at the FARM! Movie will start at dusk. FIREWORKS show to follow movie!

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October 4-6, 2018 - 23rd Annual Harvest Festival Antique Engine & Tractor Show - Renfro Valley, Kentucky
An old-fashioned celebration of the fall harvest including molasses made by mule-drawn press, authentic covered wagon train, antique farm machinery and steam engine show, clogging, mountain music, children's activities, country and comedy talent search and craft demonstrations featuring blacksmithing and basket weaving.

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October 8, 2016 - Harvest Fest - Newport, Kentucky
Restaurants and retail shops in the Historic Newport Downtown Business District are hosting their Sixth Annual Harvest Fest. The fun begins at just before the lunch hour with lots to see, do and enjoy on Monmouth at the many businesses and vendor spots between Third and Eleventh Street. Monmouth Street will remain open to vehicular traffic. Harvest Fest showcases dining, entertainment and shopping venues and specials.

October 8, 2016  The Tastemaker's Supper - Loretto, Kentucky
Join us on the beautiful grounds of the historic Maker's Mark Distillery for a delicious Deep Run Roots-inspired country supper and meet guest of honor, Vivian Howard, star of the James Beard Award-winning television series A Chef's Life.  We'll be pouring some of Vivian's favorite bourbon cocktails and setting the table, family-style, with signature dishes from her brand new cookbook Deep Run Roots (Little Brown, 2016). Blue Grass music will fill the air, The Wooks will be performing live!  Grab a friend. Bring your family. Pull up a chair. You will not want to miss this special, delicious experience.   $160.00 per person {includes an autographed copy of Deep Run Roots}



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