Your guide to 2021 Harvest Festivals

Apples and pumpkins, cranberries and cider—think harvest festivals, and the first image that comes to your mind is food and beverages that speak to the bounty of autumn. If you’re looking for some homegrown produce plus an entertaining experience, check out the following list of upcoming harvest fairs and Oktoberfests taking place throughout the United States.

If you don’t see one near you or are hungry for more, check out a complete list at Funtober’s Fall Festivals 2021 page.

Note: Check each location for updates regarding any COVID-19 restrictions or cancellations.

10/2-3/2021—Eagle River Cranberry Fest, Eagle River, WI

Eat, drink, and play with the more than 40,000 attendees of this annual event held at Vilas County Fairgrounds, plus tours of the cranberry marsh (leaves from the Chamber of Commerce). Taste the world’s largest cranberry cheesecake and other cranberry foods, and shop with hundreds of crafters and artisans.

New to the idea of an event centered on a tiny, tart fruit? Then add the Eagle River Cranberry Fest to your list of fairs to attend. Once you’re there, enjoy a range of events: take a free walking tour at a cranberry marsh, taste the world’s largest cranberry cheesecake and other cranberry foods, and get inspired by hundreds of cranberry-themed recipes. More than 8,000 pounds of cranberries will be sold during the festival. As for the role cranberries play in Wisconsin’s economy, the state fruit provides about 7,200 jobs and contributes approximately $330 million to the state’s economy.

9/19-10/31/2021—Old World Village Oktoberfest, Huntington Beach, CA

If you’re visiting the Huntington Beach area in September or October, you might want to check out Oktoberfest at Old World Village — the self-proclaimed “best Oktoberfest in Orange County.” Old World is a European-themed shopping center that goes all out for Oktoberfest with parades, dachshund races, a Herbmeister, and a Kidsfest. Kinderfest for kids every Sunday, with family friendly (and free) days on Wednesday and Thursday. If you’re looking for a night out without the kiddos, Friday and Saturday are ticketed and 21+. The festival offers authentic German food, imported German beers, competitions, games, and more.

10/9-10/2021—Chalktoberfest, Marietta, GA

At Chalktoberfest, you’ll enjoy a fall day sampling craft beers, listening to live music from local artists, watching professional Chalk Artists chalk the streets, and eating great food at the beautiful downtown square of Marietta. A great day out for all the family, Chalktoberfest attracts more than 100,000 people annually and is free to attend. All proceeds go to the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art. the festival features 86 artists, 40 breweries with more than 120 beer options, and 25 wine options. A chalk competition on Sunday is open to the public and artists of all ages.

10/1-3, 8-10, 15-17/2021—Leavenworth Oktoberfest Markt, Leavenworth, WA

Unlike years past when the Leavenworth Oktoberfest Markt included scheduled entertainment, shuttles, or beer, this year will be more of a street fair, due to COVID-19. But there will still be plenty to see and do, with up to 100 unique local vendors, artists, and crafters, Oktoberfest food, and the official Oktoberfest souvenirs, along with a “Kinderplatz”—a special area designed with kids in mind. Download the festival flyer here and check the site for updates to the fair.

10/1-3/2021—Oktoberfest, Fredericksburg, TX

You don’t need to claim German heritage to enjoy the 40th annual Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg, also known as the Polka Capital of Texas! Start with the food: brats and wurst, sausage and sauerkraut, and of course, beer: domestic, imported, and Texas craft beers. Then enjoy the Rotary Kraut Run, Hauptstrasse Chicken Dance, Family Dirndl & Lederhosen Contest and Altstadt Yodel Contest. Into music? Then join the 11th annual OkTubaFest Friday, October 1. Check the FAQ page for more info.

10/9-10, 16-17/2021—Georgia Apple Festival, Ellijay, GA

This year marks the 50th year of the Georgia Apple Festival, where more than 300 vendors bring handmade, hand-crafted items and hold demonstrations illustrating how their items are made. Don’t miss the Georgia Apple Festival Parade on the 8th, and the Apple Classic Auto Show, and the Apple Festival 5K Road Race, both on the 9th. And of course, there are apples—from Ginger Gold, Pristine, and Swiss Gourmet to Yates, Braeburn, and Arkansas Black—grown in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains.

10/6-10/2021—Trailing of the Sheep Festival, Hailey, ID

You might not associate sheep with harvest festivals, but don’t let those in Hailey hear you say that. The annual event focuses on preserving the stories and history of sheep ranchers and herders and educating people about the production of local food and fiber that have sustained local economies for generations. Recognized as a unique cultural festival that’s one of the best in the world, the festival has delicious food, a Sheep Folklife Fair, and the Big Sheep Parade with 1,500 sheep parading down Ketchum’s Main Street with sheep ranching family members and herders headed south.

10/20-23/2021—Circleville Pumpkin Show, Circleville, OH

Pumpkins? Did someone say “pumpkins”? If you’re a fan of those big orange vegetables, then the Circleville Pumpkin Show is where you want to be in October. The event dates back to 1903, and since then it has been a major event. About 23,000 pumpkin pies and more than 100,000 pumpkin donuts are sold annually during the four days, along with a range of other foods. Events include Miss Pumpkin and Little Miss Pumpkin shows, the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-In, and the Pumpkin Show Community Band Concert, among others.

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Stay connected with uCamp: the app

In today’s digital world, we’ve grown used to having everything available right at our fingertips — recipes, directions, immediate connections with our friends and family.

That’s why we’re creating uCamp: The App.

It’s another way to connect with friends and family by mapping out your travel plans, documenting your journey, and sharing it with others.

uCamp: the app can assist you in planning your trip and documenting your travels along the way through the journal feature.

More than 85% of Americans own a smartphone. At nuCamp, we are always looking for ways to enhance your experience. Our interaction doesn’t stop when you purchase your camper. You become part of the nuCamp family, and we love seeing your adventures and helping you get the most out of every trip you plan.

The app is designed to help you plan your trip including your route and any stops along the way. You’ll be able to see things to do and points of interest in the area you’re staying.

Other highlights of the app include the nuCamp store where you can purchase nuCamp-branded items including t-shirts, mugs, hats; easy access to our knowledge base and support materials; and more.

The idea for the app was first discussed in 2009. With an immature app market and the company rapidly growing, the idea was placed on hold. In 2018, Founder Joe Mullet and CEO Scott Hubble began discussing the possibility of an app again.

One feature of the upcoming app is access to our Support Portal and Knowledge Base.

Work began in earnest earlier this year in partnership with augustwenty, an Ohio-based software development consultancy. They have been an important part — not only in developing the app but also in helping us understand what it would take to build an exceptional app that our users will enjoy using. augustwenty’s experience and knowledge is indispensable. 

The app was named for the annual uCamp Teardrop Trailer Rally we host every year in June in Sugarcreek, Ohio, near our manufacturing facility. uCamp is a time where more than 200 teardrops trailers gather in the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country for a week with old and new friends. The community centered around our company and the comradery of our owners inspired us to include a feature within our app where you can document your journey and share it with others via Facebook. It’s just another way for us to stay connected with our nuCamp family, said CEO Scott Hubble.

“We care for the customer, and we want them to have the best possible experience,” Scott said. “The vision was a mobile online community that nuCamp, and fellow users, would support.”

Work continues on getting the app ready and should be entering into beta testing in the coming months. Stay tuned and stay connected. 

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