Festivals usher in autumn fun Oct. 12-13

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Crowds are pictured along N. Ottawa Street during last year’s Appleumpkin Festival in downtown Tecumseh. Herald file photo.

Fall is festival time in northeast Lenawee County, and with another successful Clinton Fall Festival over, next on tap, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12 and 13, are downtown Tecumseh’s 20th Appleumpkin Festival and the 35th Apple Festival at Kapnick Orchards. And festival-goers don’t even have to worry about parking around the busy venues. Parking will be available in the Tecumseh High School parking lot with free shuttles heading downtown to the corner of Chicago Boulevard and S. Pearl Street, and to Kapnick Orchards at 4245 Rogers Hwy., Britton, for those who are interested.

Residents should also be aware that some area parking lots will be closing on Friday, Oct. 11, so vendors may begin setting up for the festival. The city’s northeast parking lot will be closed from 8 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, until 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13. Also closing are portions of N. Ottawa Street and S. Ottawa St., and N. Pearl St., and S. Evans St. to accommodate vendor booths. Lanes will be reduced on Chicago Blvd. from Pearl Street to Oneida Street from 4 p.m. Friday to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Many local businesses, organizations and service clubs will provide activities, including a photo booth event put on by Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, and a Haunted House at the Tecumseh Board of Education building, third floor, benefiting Tecumseh Middle School’s Builders Club and the Tecumseh High School National Honor Society. The Haunted House hours will be Saturday, Oct. 12, from noon to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 13, from 1-3 p.m. Admission is $3 for those under 18, and $1 for adults serving as chaperones.

Appleumpkin will feature traditional activities such as carnival rides and games in the northeast parking lot; Make-It-Take-It tents where kids can make free scarecrows and other crafts; an Antiques Street Fair and Flea Market on North and South Ottawa Street; Arts and Crafts on S. Evans Street and Chicago Blvd., along with fair food; and live entertainment on N. Pearl St. An Antique Tractor and Engine Show will take place Saturday only in the Shopko parking lot from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Downtown shops and restaurants will also be open.

Also in conjunction with the festival, Friends of the Tecumseh District Library will hold a used book sale on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, from 1-4 p.m.; First Presbyterian Church will hold free Make-It-Take-It kids activities at 211 W. Chicago Blvd.; and St. Elizabeth Catholic Church will host its annual roast beef dinner from 11:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at 506 N. Union Street.

Kapnick Orchards Apple Festival will include farm activities such as pick your own apples and pumpkins, apple butter making demonstrations, petting zoo, and more than 80 arts, crafts and food booths. There will also be wagon rides through the orchard and Halloween Woods, a chance to watch apple cider being pressed, and entertainment both Saturday and Sunday.

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