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Fall Fest, Prophetstown State Park
Start Date: 10/18/2020 All Day
End Date: 10/18/2020
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Event Description:
Join us for the 2020 Annual Fall Fest! Here are some of the events for the weekend:
Prophetstown Fall Fest
October 16th-18th
Important Note: All fall festivals and events across DNR are being held using the State’s COVID-19 guidance and precautions, including social distancing, sanitation procedures, safe food service and masks required where applicable. Weekend festivals and individual activities are always SUBJECT TO CHANGE based on the monitoring and management of COVID-19 in the State.
There will not be any hayrides this year. 
Trick or Treating is for campers only this year.
Friday, October 16th 
7:30pm-8:30pm Night Hike
*Registration required* Are the creatures of the night really as scary as they seem? Discover the tricks and techniques the nocturnal park residents use to survive.  Can you hear as well as a bat?  See as well as an owl?  Find out during this fun night hike. Space is limited, pre-registration required. Email or call (765)320-0503 to register.

Saturday, October 17th
10:30am-3:30pm Halloween Tenant House Tours at The Farm
Hoosier families in the 1920s incorporated harvest and Halloween themes in their fall gatherings. Games and decorations included traditional, homemade, and commercial products. Tour the I. Floyd Garrott Tenant House and hear about “Little Orphan Annie” and how “the goblins will get you if you don’t watch out.” See the dining room set up for a Halloween party and play a traditional fortune telling game. 
11am-3pm Fall Funfest and Barn Dance at The Farm
Stop in and celebrate Fall Funfest weekend! We will have fall themed crafts and activities for kids. FREE popcorn and cider will be available while supplies last. Food will be available for purchase. Decorate a mini pumpkin for $2 each. Scott Greeson has performed all around the Midwest and will be playing his unique Americana style folk music in our barn from 12:30pm-2:00pm. FREE with park admission.
12:45pm-1:45pm Corn Husk Dolls
*Registration required* How would children pass the time at the Prophet’s Town settlement? Join a  naturalist in the Native American Village to learn more about one common toy that might have been seen at  Prophet’s Town. You'll be able to make and take home your very own! Park at the Visitor's Center and safely  cross the road. 1 doll per person. Supplies are limited, pre-registration required. Email or  call (765)320-0503 to register. 
2pm-3pm Food Preservation in the Native American Village
Learn about some traditional food preservation methods that may have been used by those who lived at  Prophet’s Town. We will talk about the importance of the harvest at this settlement and what other kinds of  foods might have been prevalent at the settlement. Park at the Visitor's Center and safely cross the road to  the Native American Village.
7pm-8:30pm Campsite Judging
Decorate your campsites and/or display your carved or decorated pumpkins. Park volunteer judges will tour the campground to evaluate your creations. They’ll select the top three winners, each chosen for originality, creativity, and spookiness.

Sunday, October 18th
10am Winners List
We’ll post the winners of the campsite and pumpkin decorating contest on the Campground Shower Building Bulletin Board. Winners: if we don’t catch you at your campsite to give you your prize, make sure to stop by the Visitor Center and pick it up!
1pm-2pm Natural Dyes at the Village
Join us at the Native American Village where we’ll be using the bounty of fall as dye. We’ll provide paintbrushes for participants to decorate their very own bookmarks.  Dyes we will hopeful have available include pokeberry, walnut, and goldenrod. Park at the Visitor’s Center and safely cross the road.
October 1st to November 8th enjoy the:
11th Annual Trail of Scarecrows
Come to Prophetstown State Park to see scarecrows are featured along the park's paved accessible trail for easy hiking, biking, and strolling from Prairie View Picnic area to the Aquatic Center.
Park visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite scarecrows by making donations to the Interpretive Services fund for Education, Arts, Culture and History Programs at Prophetstown State Park. By donating one dollar, park guests can cast 100 votes for their favorite Scarecrow. You can pick up and drop off ballots at the park's main gate, camp gate, or visitor's center. Prizes are awarded for the most votes so spread the word to vote for your favorite Scarecrows! Voting is open from October 1st to November 8th.

Daily, from dawn to dusk, enjoy the: 
Prophetstown Prairie Maze 
Check out the park's 25 acre prairie maze! Park at the Aquatic Center parking lot and walk over to the photo board and start of the bike trail. From here, you will see signs for the start of the prairie maze. If you'd like to complete the prairie maze scavenger hunt, stop by the visitor's center to pick one up. You can also find copies of the scavenger hunt outside of the maze and in several park bulletin boards. The maze is open from dawn to dusk. Free with park admission.

For all programs: 
Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
All programming free with park admission unless otherwise noted.
Campground programs are also open to the public—park at the campground gate and walk in.
Location Information:
Prophetstown State Park  (View Map)
5545 Swisher Road
West Lafayette, IN 47906
Phone: (765) 567-4919
Contact Information:
Name: Jenna Parks Freeman
Phone: 7653200503
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