Fall is in the air

Allison S.

Staff Writer

Fall has arrived, and there are plenty of aspects to look forward to including festivals, recipes, holidays, sports, and apparel. As summer comes to an end, the atmosphere changes, and the old summer activities turn into new fall festivities like Halloween, Thanksgiving, and much more.

There are several different local fall festivals that are happening in the months to come. Riverfest Arts and Crafts Festival consists of more than 200 arts and crafts exhibitors, entertainers, service activities, and concessions. Activities like painting, hunting simulations, and jewelry making help visitors learn about Native American culture. Held at Boling Park in Canton on Saturday, September 28, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, September 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the festival is a family-friendly environment costing only five dollars per person ages 11 and up. The money that is collected will be given to the Service League to help the less fortunate children in Cherokee County.

Along with Riverfest in September, The Taste of Atlanta celebrates food with a three day festival on October 25-27. This festival features more than 80 of Atlanta’s top food vendors and restaurants, including Brick Top’s, Johnny Rockets, and the Melting Pot. Along with learning the top techniques of different chefs, attendees will be able to taste and watch different food demonstration during these three fun-filled days. Located at the Technology Square in Midtown, the festival is set at a convenient location just outside of Atlanta and is kid friendly. Senior Madison McCabe explains, “I have always wanted to go to the food convention, but I can’t afford it.” She then hopefully expresses, “Maybe my boyfriend will buy us tickets this year.” Although Taste of Atlanta is a little pricey, $70 a person to be exact, the food and fun is well worth it.

Another wonderful way to spend time during fall is to visit to the apple orchard. Anatomy teacher Ms. Laura Cox describes, “I love picking apples at the orchard because I love all the different recipes that I can make with apples.” She also adds, “One of my favorite recipes is apple crisp.”  Along with picking delicious and fresh apples, orchards also have exciting activities to enjoy like hay rides and corn mazes. At Mercier Orchard in Blue Ridge, there is a store of home-grown fruits and vegetables along with freshly baked pastries including cookies, cakes, breads, muffins, and Mercier Orchards famous fried pies and sweet treats like fudge, apple cider, candied apples, and brittles.

If festivals are not exciting enough, the recipes in the fall should make you look forward to the season. Among the Thanksgiving feasts of turkey and stuffing, many other favorite fall recipes are fit to be recognized. Senior Thomas Carroll describes, “I love everything that has pumpkin in it.” As fall approaches, stores stock their shelves with many varieties of pumpkin flavored items. Along with the classics of pumpkin bread, cake, pie, and the pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks, many unusual items become favorites during the fall; some of these include pumpkin donuts, pumpkin spice chocolate, pumpkin soup, and pumpkin bagels with cream cheese. Some may turn their noses up to the pumpkin flavored food, but many will consider these items their favorite fall foods.

Although food and attractions are enjoyable, most people would agree that when the word “fall” is mentioned, football comes to mind. Between the National Football League (NFL) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), football games seem to be airing on multiple channels nearly every day. Whether one roots for the Yellow Jackets or the Cowboys, this is an excellent time for people to get together and enjoy game day. Math teacher Mr. Henry Oglesby explains, “I cheer for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the most part, but I also root for Alabama Crimson Tide and the Georgia Bulldogs.” Though college football is a fan favorite, many eyes are glued to the television awaiting the announcement of which NFL team will be in the Super Bowl. Americans across the country sit down to watch the game against the best teams in the nation and laugh at the expensive commercials aired during the broadcast.

Even if one is not interested in football, many people cannot wait to bring the boots and sweaters out of the closet when October arrives. As the weather changes, the summer tank tops are wished farewell, and bright colors change into deeper tones of reds, greens, and blues. The color white is no longer accepted, a fashion parameter held for many years, and is instead tucked away until spring arrives. Infinity scarfs, big sweaters, and riding boots are added to the wardrobe. As the leaves begin to fall, closets begin to transform in preparation of the new season.

Fall has arrived, so get your game day faces ready, your closet cleaned and stocked full of fall attire, and your weekends booked with many fun-filled activities.

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