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Autumn Getaway Weekend I, Patoka Lake
Start Date: 10/12/2019 All Day
End Date: 10/12/2019
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Event Description:

REGISTER: 10a.m.- 2:50p.m. for the Campsite Decorating Contest.  10a.m. – 11:40a.m. for the pumpkin carving/decorating contest & 10a.m. – 11:45a.m. for the Cornhole tourney. Cornhole tourney cost is $10/team.

10a.m. - 4:30p.m. Pumpkin Wagon- Pumpkins will be sold for $3 small, $5 medium and $8 large.

10 – 11:45a.m. Fall Fun & Crafts

         *Tin Punch Lanterns Make a Fall or Halloween themed decoration while supplies last. Candles included in cost. $5/kit.

         *Pumpkin Carving/Decorating Contest -Bring your pumpkin and carving tools or carve ‘em up on Friday night and bring ‘em to the tent for judging on Saturday! Paint and some supplies for decorating will be provided. Pumpkin judging will start at 11:45a.m. Winners will be announced immediately and must be present to win! Take your pumpkins with you after contest concludes.

         *Tie-dyed T-shirts: Bring pre-washed white 100% cotton T-shirts to decorate.

12p.m. Cornhole Tournament –There will be separate tourneys for youth and adults.Bring your teammate to compete in this friendly competition.  Prizes will be awarded following the tourney. Space is limited to 12 adult teams and 12 youth teams.  Pre-register early to ensure your spot for just $10/team.

12p.m. – 2:30p.m. Silent Auction – Patoka Volunteers will host a special silent auction.  All proceeds will benefit our educational ambassador eagle, hawk and owl.  Thank you in advance for your participation and support of our captive raptors!

12p.m. Dutch Oven Registration - For rules & information call the Nature Center (812)685-2447.

12:30-3p.m. Dutch Oven Cook-Off - 17th annual table top style cooking of main dish, soup/stew or dessert. Dish must be complete by 3:00p.m. prior to Taste of Patoka Judging. Prizes awarded at 4:30p.m. 

1p.m. Monster Mash- Play fall themed games for prizes such as 3-legged race/relay and pumpkin bowling!

2p.m. Register your pup for the pet parade and costume contest. Parade starts at 2:30p.m. Pet Parade & Costume Contest - Bring your dogs on leash and in costumes to the State Park tents in campground Section A.  A special Grand Marshall will lead the parade! Pet costume contest to follow. Contest winners will be announced directly following the parade.

3p.m. Campsite Judging- Judges will visit all registered campsites to select first place winners for three themes:  Scariest, Most Original, Best Fall Theme. Prizes will be delivered to your campsite!

3:30p.m. Taste of Patoka - Enjoy Dutch oven cooking of all varieties from desserts to main dishes along with our famous Cast Iron Chili. A $2 donation per person is requested to sample the creative dishes and cast your ballot for favored Dutch oven creation.  Bring your soup bowl, plates and utensils to sample these dishes.

4:30p.m. Awards Ceremony for Dutch Oven Competition.

6-7:30p.m. Trick or Treat - Campers 12 years of age and under may go around the modern campgrounds. There will be no vehicle traffic in the campground during this time for the safety of your children! 

Location Information:
Patoka Lake  (View Map)
3084 N. Dillard Road
Birdseye, IN 47513
Phone: (812) 685-2464
Contact Information:
Name: Dana Reckelhoff
Phone: 812-685-2447
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  • Residents
  • Visiting and Playing
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