October 27, 2010 Edition

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Peak of fall

As October comes to an end, we are at the peak of fall activities. We should also be at the peak of fall leaf color, although this apparently is not the year for brilliant color.

One of the big fall activities, locally, is sure to be this Saturday's Iron Mountain Festival in downtown Walnut Ridge. The all-day event is packed with entertainment, food and lots of activities. The event will be the place to see your friends and neighbors, and the weather is expected to be in the low 70s.

With a half inch of rain received Tuesday morning in this area, the air is finally clear from the dust and smoke after weeks of dry weather. This will be an added bonus on festival day.

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One of the most exciting developments this fall has been the Harvest Fest activities at Taylor's Greenhouse & Nursery, just south of Hoxie. It has been great to have a place to take children and youth for a fall outdoor evening of fun. This is the first year for Taylor's to offer such extensive evening activities. In year's past, they offered hayrides around their pumpkin patch for young children.

I am not an expert on corn mazes, but Taylor's has an extensive one. The corn is thick, and a scavenger hunt is an option for those trekking through it. Flashlights are also provided, and I was glad the moon was full in order to have some sense of direction in the maze as we went through with children and youth from the Walnut Ridge First United Methodist Church.

Barn games, hayrides and face painting are some of the other activities at Taylor's. For an additional charge, Taylor's also provides hot dogs, S'mores, chips, drinks and other snacks, as well as a private bonfire for groups. We salute Lori Simmons, her mother, Nancy Taylor Ervin, and all the others involved at Taylor's.

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The home of Aubrey "Sarge" and Ralphaine Copeland at Southwest Third and West Pine streets in Walnut Ridge is the most elaborately decorated we have ever seen for Halloween. Their home was originally the Faircloth Clinic, and its castle-like appearance, complete with turret and stone exterior, is well suited for the Halloween theme. There is much to take in, so one has to drive by slowly to see it all.

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