Deborah G. Steele
Mistletoe State Park will host its annual Family Fall Fest on Oct. 12, but activities abound for days surrounding the event.
The kickoff to the festival will be a marshmallow roast and night hike on Oct. 11. The hike will leave from the campground area beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The entire family will enjoy Friday’s events, which begin at 3 p.m. The $10 per car cost covers apple bobbing, fall crafts, face painting, corn husk doll making, marshmallow roasting, children’s games, a pumpkin scavenger hunt, storytelling and a snake program.
The pumpkin scavenger hunt will be conducted from 3-4:30 p.m. and the snake program, presented by Mistletoe and Elijah Clark State Park staff members, begins at 6:15 p.m. Storyteller Tommy Tye will regale participants with stories beginning at 7:15 p.m.
Additional activities, which cost extra, include hayrides, a cake walk and bingo. The hayride, sponsored by Friends of Mistletoe State Park, are $2 per person, while the cake walk is $1 and three bingo cards can be purchased for $1.
According to Mistletoe State Park Program Assistant Brenda Bettross, Chick-fil-A will be the food vendor this year.
On Saturday, the park will offer a fall gourd craft time beginning at 11 a.m. at the campground. Cost is $3 per gourd.
Finally, a Junior Ranger program will be held on Oct. 14. The $20 registration fee will cover a number of fall activities for children, including leaf collection, a scavenger hunt, a scarecrow craft, festival games and more. Columbia County school students are out of school for a fall break on Oct. 14 and Oct. 15, so the park decided to offer a fall-themed Junior Ranger program.
To register for the Junior Ranger program or get additional information about any of the park’s programs, call the park office at (706) 541-0321.