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Nine things that will get your family excited about fall and not one is a pumpkin spice latte

These awesome autumn events will be fun for the family.

Lil’ Bitz Pumpkin Patch in north Fargo.
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FARGO — It may still technically be summer, but it’s feeling more like fall.

Embrace the season with a number of family friendly events over the next month. And yes, feel free to help yourself to any number of “pumpkin spiced” treats.

Lil' Bitz Pumpkin Patch , 7414 40th Ave. N., Fargo, is the first to open this season, welcoming families in on Saturday, Sept. 10, with 25 attractions including horse-drawn wagon rides, a corn maze and more. Hours are 1 to 6 p.m. Fridays and Sundays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 30. Admission is $12, free for kids 2 and younger. ww.lilbitzpumpkinpatch.com.

Kids can decorate pumpkins at Fall in Fargo at Rheault Farm.
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Fall in Fargo replaces the Fall Festival at Rheault Farm , 2902 25th St. S., Fargo. The event over these last two weekends of September still includes much of the same fun, including free activities like a straw bale maze, clowns, carnival games like pumpkin tic-tac-toe, football toss, mini golf and plinko. Paid activities include arts and crafts, temporary tattoos, barrel train rides, horse-drawn carriage rides, pumpkin decorating and more. Open 10 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m., Sundays, through September. Admission is free. www.fargoparks.com.

There won’t be hay bales of pumpkins, but there will be lots to see at Scarecrows in the Garden , from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday at Northern Plains Botanic Garden Society , 1211 28th Ave., N., Fargo. Check out scarecrows made by local artists and the end-of-summer color in the garden. Lunch from Heart-N-Soul Community Cafe, decor, jams and treats will be available for purchase. npbgs.org.


The Buffalo River Pumpkin Patch also features a straw maze, photo booth, petting zoo and horse-drawn rides. Forum file photo
The Buffalo River Pumpkin Patch also features a straw maze, photo booth, petting zoo and horse-drawn rides. Forum file photo

Buffalo River Pumpkin Patch , 14447 U.S. Highway 10, Glyndon, Minn., opens Sept. 24 with a petting zoo, horse-drawn wagon rides, a game area, straw bale maze and more. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Oct. 30. Admission is $6, free for kids 1 and younger. buffaloriverpumpkinpatch.com.

Kids of all ages and abilities can get in on the fun at the Fall Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 24 and 25 at Farm in the Dell , 7426 40th St., N., Moorhead. The farm offers learning opportunities for those with disabilities and this free event includes games, crafts and barrel train rides as well as veggies, baked goods and smoked pork loins for sale. farminthedellrrv.org.

Lost in the Valley Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch returns to the Red River Valley Fairgrounds this year. The Corn Maze starts Sept. 24 and is open from 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays (closed Oct. 7 and 21), 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday with $10 admission. The Pumpkin Patch, which is open the same hours starting Oct. 1, is $5 and includes a pumpkin ride to the patch and a free pumpkin. Other attractions include a kid's straw maze, pumpkin bowling, a photo area and more. Concessions are available. redrivervalleyfair.com.

Wild Terra Cider, 6 12th St. N., Fargo, will shut down the street outside for Apple Harvest Festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sept. 25. The festivities include a petting zoo, harvest games for all ages, cider pressing demonstrations and non-alcoholic free samples, chainsaw art demonstrations, caricatures and art activities as well as apples and pumpkins for sale and food carts. wildterra.co.

A-peelin' apples
Apple Dumpling Day will be held at Riverview Place on Sept. 25.
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You don’t have to be a resident of Riverview Place, 5300 12th St. S., Fargo, to enjoy Apple Dumpling Day there from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 25. Come for the sweets and stay for the Myron Sommerfeld Orchestra playing at 1 and 2 p.m.

It’s not a patch, but West Fargo is hosting its Autumn Pumpkin Party from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 9 at SheyWest Garden Center , 225 40th Ave. W. The free event includes fall art and crafts projects, pumpkin painting and a buildable scarecrow corner. The event is free, though pumpkins are $6. wfparks.org.

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