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Here’s Your 2022 list of Fall Happenings. You’re Welcome.

Nov. 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Whip up your best pot of chili or break out your miniature tasting spoon for the 1st Annual Carthage Chili Challenge at Nancy Kiser Park. The recipes that win Best Judged and People’s Choice will receive a prize. Admission for tasters is $10 and includes samples of all the chili. Rally your taste buds.

Nov. 13, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: That 10-gallon pot you’ve been wanting at Walmart? You finally have an excuse to buy it because O’Donnell’s Pub is hosting their Annual SoPines Chili Cook Off and participants are expected to prepare 10-gallons of chili. Competitors will feed 1-ounce samples to around 500 tasters. Admission for chili loving chefs is $50 and $10 for those just coming to taste. Proceeds will support Special Forces Chapter 62. I cook a mean, bean.

Multiple dates: Ride themed Trolleys with the Sandhills Trolley Co. Choose from Oktrolleyfest, Haunted History Tours, Here for the Boos Cruise, Take the Trolley to Kalawi Farms and more. Let’s Ride.

Past Events:

Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Rock your wagon wheel over to the Malcolm Blue Festival. Enjoy blacksmithing, honey making, handcrafted jewelry, soap, lotion, cheese and more. Kids can ride in a horse drawn wagon, pet farm animals, and ride on a pony. Don’t hold your horses.

Sept. 24, Oct. 1, 11 a.m. – until: Southern Pines Growler Co. is hosting multiple days of Oktoberfest so there’s no excuse not to dress up, drink up and pig out on food truck snacks. There’s even a stein holding competition with a prize. Loosen up your lederhosen.

Sept. 24, noon – until: Hatchet Brewing Co. is hosting it’s first Oktoberfest with glass beer steins for sale, games, food and beer. Prost!

Sept. 27- Oct. 1: Enjoy funnel cake, rides, games and more at the Moore County Agricultural Fair at the county fairgrounds in Carthage. Parking is $2, tickets are $6-$15. Tuesday-Friday 5-11 p.m. Saturday 3-11 p.m. Follow along for updates.

Sept. 30-Oct. 30: Round up the family for an adventure through the corn maze, hay rides, homemade ice cream, a barrel train, a super slide, and other fall festivities at Kalawi Farm’s Annual Corn Maze and Fall Fun. They’ll be open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Entry is $10 per person and a 2-hour reservation is required. It’ll def be corny.

CANCELLEDOct. 1, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Downtown Southern Pines is getting in the fall spirit with AutumnFest. Shop local crafters and bring the kids for snacks and rides. We be-leaf, it’ll be a good time.

Oct. 8, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Enjoy a fun day of hay rides, pumpkin picking, antique tractors, petting zoo, produce and ice cream at Fall Fest at White Hill Farm. Don’t hit the hay, ride it.

Oct. 8, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.: Red’s Corner is giving you a taste of Germany with its Oktoberfest Celebration. Cost is $35 which includes a sample from each truck as well as a festive pint. Kid tickets will be $10 and include a kid tasting, cookie, and root beer. Also participate in the costume contest from noon to 2 p.m. Guten tag.

Oct. 8, Noon-until: Join Railhouse Brewery for an Oktoberfest celebration. Traditional Oktoberfest games start at 2 p.m., but you’ll need to sign up early (there’s prizes). There will also be a special German inspired menu. See ya’ll at the pub.

Oct. 9, noon to 7:30 p.m.: This outdoor music festival ranges from country to blues to rock. Farm Fest benefits the Mira Foundation which provides visually impaired children with service dogs. Also, there’s beer, wine and cider available for purchase. Gettin’ Down on the Farm.

Oct. 14, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: The 30th annual Sardine Festival is back at Aberdeen Lake Park. The fest is full of, you guessed it, canned sardines. Also enjoy moonpies, the crowning of the sardine queen and more. Yes, this is a real thing. Something’s fishy.

Oct. 14-15, 3 p.m.- until: Get spooky at the Graveyard Getdown Music & Haunt Fest at the Jive Hive in Carthage. Get your tickets now, boo. 

Oct. 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Shop local artisans or get ahead on Christmas shopping at the Holly Arts & Crafts Festival. Find everything from woodworking to glass, stitched art to lawn ornaments, hand-crafted jewelry to metal sculpture. Get in the spirit.

Oct. 16, 3-5 p.m.: Join The Sway for a Pumpkin Carving Party at Red’s Corner. Your $12 adult ticket gets you a pumpkin and carving supplies. You also get the chance to win a $20 gift certificate to spend onsite with our carving contests. Kids are welcome with a $5 add on and they receive a mini pumpkin for painting and craft supplies. Carve some time out of your Sunday.

Oct. 21, 5-9 p.m.: Peruse Twigg & Co.’s aisles with the whole family during their Meet & Treat. Vendors will be passing out delicious goodies for you and the munchkins, plus if you can win over the staff with your Halloween costume, you get $100. Treatin’ your bank account.

Oct. 21, 5-9:30 p.m.: Head to the Downtown Southern Pines Halloween Haunt with your mini monsters and goblins 12 and under for trick-or-treating, Halloween themed games, crafts, activities, the best dog costume raffle, and a free showing of Encanto. Makin’ my way downtown.

Oct. 22, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: The Malcolm Blue Farm is hosting Fall-o-ween with inflatables, carnival games, a petting zoo and more. This event is for kids 15 and under. Admission is $5. Happy Fall.

Oct. 22, 1-4 p.m.: Join the Tyson Sinclair Building staff and business owners for a spooktacular Halloween Party and a little bit of small town charm. Mosey around the shops and enjoy fall games, pumpkin painting, and candy. The person with the best costume gets a prize and kids get a free brain freeze from Big Dipper Ice Cream. We all scream for…

Oct. 22, 4-9 p.m.: The Village of Pinehurst is hosting its annual Oktoberfest full of Bavarian treats, beer, a Polka Band, crafts, a bubble artist and more.  It’s pitcher perfect.

Oct. 22, 4 p.m.: Get your adrenaline pumping with The Sandhills Have Eyes Zombie Run hosted by SCG Real Estate Solutions of Coldwell Banker Advantage, in conjunction with Sandhills Community College. Your mission is to run through 2.2 miles of zombie land while avoiding zombies that will try to grab your flag (that means you’re dead). Proceeds go towards Habitat for Humanity. Protect your braaaaaains.

Oct. 23, 7 p.m.: Throw on your festive garb and celebrate spooky season with food trucks, craft beer, wine, dancing and more during the annual Sandhills Pride Halloween BOO Bash at The Neon Rooster. Admission is a Toy-for Tots or shelf food stable donation. Be the ghostest with the mostest.

Oct. 26, 6-8 p.m.: Join Lynette’s Bakery & Cafe for a Painting Halloween Party. Lets Paint the Town will be teaching how to paint boo-tiful Halloween art on canvas while you snack on treats from Lynette’s. Show up in costume to participate in the costume contest. Winner gets a prize. Sign up here.

Oct. 26, 5:30-8 p.m.: Trot over to Southern Pines Growler Co. for Halloween Themed Trivia starting at 7 p.m. and a Dog Costume Contest hosted by the Downtown Aberdeen Dog Fair at 6 p.m. Costume categories include funniest, most creative, and best paw-see for a group of doggos. Howl-O-Weenie.

Oct. 28, 5:30-9:15 p.m.: Have a date night at Aberdeen Lake Park with Frights and Pints. Bring a blanket, watch a scary movie and enjoy some brews available for purchase. Ready for a jump scare?

Oct. 28, 6-8 p.m.: The McDeeds Creek Elementary School PTA is calling all ghouls from their humble abodes for a Monster Mash Trunk or Treat. Dance under the stars to jams by DJ the Perfect Beat, collect a pre-Halloween hoard of candy, and watch your kids compete in the costume contest. Early bird tickets (until 10/23) are $5 per person or $30 per family. If the candy isn’t enough to hold you over, the dinner package—two slices of pizza, a drink, and a bag of chips—is $5 and every additional slice is $2. The scene was rockin’.

Oct. 28-29, 7-10 p.m.: Winde along the Layers of Fear Haunted Trail on the Campbell House grounds; entry is $5. However, beware because you may find yourself fair game to the haunted creatures lurking around every poorly lit turn. Extra undies needed.

Oct. 29, 7-11:59 p.m.: What goes bump in the night? Well, the all-night Locals Only Halloween Party featuring a variety of beats from ratchet trap to classic Halloween jams and performances from secret guests. This Create Studio and Pilot Radio Night of the Dancing Dead event will also have a bar stocked with Jello shots, tequila, specialty mimosas, and other drinks starting at $3. Come in costume; first-place costume contest winner gets $150 with second and third also receiving a cash prize. Admission is $15. Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice.

Oct. 29, 8 p.m. – until: Time Out Sports Grill has added a little bit of spooktacular pizzazz to their interior and festive drink specials to the menu for their 21+ Halloween Party. Dance, sing, drink, and most importantly see how good your costume really is during the costume contest. Categories include best couple, scariest, and sexiest. Winners get prizes. Hold my Redrum.

Oct. 30, 12-4 p.m.: Join Hatchet Brewing Company for a family-oriented trunk-or-treat. Aside from the many trunks full of treats there will also be a costume contest, face painting, and more. Carbs plus more carbs.

Oct. 30, 2-4 p.m.: Bring your kiddos to Weymouth Woods for the Trick-or-Treat Trail. Don’t forget a costume.

Oct. 31, 5:30-9 p.m.: Test your skills during the cake walk at the Cyprus Pointe Fire and Rescue’s Community Halloween Carnival which will also feature hayrides, a kid’s costume contest, trunk-or-treat, fire prevention fun, and more. Tricks and Treats.

Nov. 4-5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Get pickin’ at the Cameron Antique Festival, Friday and Saturday. Enjoy homemade ice cream, vintage goods, antique furniture, collectibles and more. It’s the thrill of the hunt.

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