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Fall fest means family fun at Mistletoe

Posted: October 13, 2012 - 11:06pm
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Michael Deen bobs for apples during last year's Mistletoe State Park Fall Festival.  Special Photo
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Michael Deen bobs for apples during last year's Mistletoe State Park Fall Festival.

Mistletoe State Park will hold a weekend of family activities during its annual Fall Fest, which begins Friday.

The festival starts at 4 p.m. and features music by the band Chris & Chris. Square dancing is also scheduled.

Mistletoe State Park program assistant Brenda Bettross said there is a $10-per-day vehicle fee that covers most festival activities.

Friends of Mistletoe will provide hayrides for $2 per person and tickets need to be purchased in advance. A $1 cake walk will also be held.

Other planned activities include face painting, wildlife programs and night hikes. Campground guests will be invited to participate in a campsite decorating contest, with the best site winning a two-night stay at the park.

A pumpkin scavenger hunt for children 11 and younger is also planned.

“They will look for farmers, pumpkins, scarecrows and more,” Bettross said. “Once found, they will receive a sweet treat.”

Wildlife programs will include one with live snakes.

“Guests will meet some of the wildlife that call Mistletoe their home,” Bettross said.

A program presented by Belle Mead Hunt of Thomson will focus on the history of fox hunting and the foxes of Georgia.

“We will introduce guests to the foxes that make their home at Mistletoe,” said Bettross. “Furs, skulls and prints will be shared.”

A drawing for tickets to the Belle Mead Hunt Blessing of the Hounds on Nov. 3 also will be held. Tickets cost $2 each.

Guests also can participate in apple bobbing, marshmallow roasting, old-fashioned games and making corn husk dolls.

For information, call the park office at (706) 541-0321.

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