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Autumn Getaway Weekend, Patoka Lake
Start Date: 10/20/2018 All Day
End Date: 10/20/2018
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Event Description:

Patoka Lake Nature Center CLOSED 10/19 – 10/20 Open 10/21 from 9a.m. - 3p.m.
Awards ceremonies will take place directly following each competition.  Winners will be posted at the Campground Gatehouse on Saturday night. All programs will be at the big tents in Section A.

Friday, October 19 (All programs will be held under the big State Park tents in Section A.)

5p.m. Campsite Selfie Scavenger Hunt starts.  Grab a list of items to find and a few friends or family members to head out on this adventure.  Prizes will be awarded. Hunt must be complete by Sunday at 12p.m.
5-8p.m. Register: Campsite decorating contest, pumpkin carving/decorating contests and cornhole tourney!
Cornhole tourney cost is $10/team. All proceeds support the Patoka Lake non-releasable birds of prey.
5-8p.m. Pumpkin Wagon –
Our staff will be driving around with a wagon full of pumpkins for you to design and decorate for Halloween at your house and also here for the Carving Contest.  Pumpkins will be sold for $3 small and $5 large.  All proceeds will support the raptor program here at Patoka!

5p.m. Cooking Friendship Stew
- Bring your canned vegetables to the modern campground center shelter house
to add to the stew. Volunteers & Staff will prepare the stew for the 7pm gathering.
7p.m. Friendship Stew -
Bring crackers, beverages, bowls & spoons as we dish out the Friendship Stew.  Join us in kicking off our annual event to celebrate the autumn season & Halloween.
7:30p.m. Halloween Themed Movie
Join our volunteers as they present Hocus Pocus on a big movie screen under the big tents.  Bring blankets, comfy chairs, and refreshments for this special premier!

Saturday, October 20th 8a.m. -11:30a.m.

Coffee Cart –
Look for our special coffee mobile as it makes its way around the campground. Assorted coffee flavors and hot chocolate will be on sale for $2/ cup.  All proceeds from the sales will benefit the Patoka raptor program to pay for food, vet bills and supplies needed for our Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk and Eastern Screech Owl.

9a.m.- 2:50p.m. for the Campsite Decorating Contest.  9a.m. – 10:50a.m. for the pumpkin carving contest  and 9a.m. – 11:45a.m. for the Cornhole tourney. Cornhole tourney cost is $10/team.

9a.m. -4:30p.m. Pumpkin Wagon- Pumpkins will be sold for $3 small and $5 large. Proceeds support the raptor program!
9a.m. Campsite Selfie Scavenger Hunt -
Grab a list of items to find and a few friends or family members.  Prizes will be awarded. Hunt must be complete by 12p.m. on Sunday.
9 -11a.m. Fall Fun & Crafts
-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! Pumpkin judging will start at 11a.m. Winners will be announced directly after judging and must be present to win!

           Tie-dyed T-shirts
: Bring pre-washed white 100% cotton T-shirts to decorate.
          Tin Punch Lanterns
: Make a Fall or Halloween themed decoration while supplies last. Candles included in cost. $5/kit.

2p.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.
Dutch Oven Registration - For rules & information call the Nature Center (812)685-2447.

12:30-3p.m. Dutch Oven Cook-Off
- 16th annual event.
1p.m. Monster Mash-
Play fall themed games for prizes!

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 in costumes to the big tents in campground Section A.  A special Grand Marshall will lead the parade! Pet costume contest to follow. Pets must be on a leash! 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 the Dutch oven cooking of all varieties from desserts to main dishes along with “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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