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Celebrating the Harvest

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What better place to celebrate the harvest season than in the agricultural land of South Dakota? Experience the spirit of hard work and a slice of rural America at one of many fall festivals across the state.


The harvest and pioneer spirit is celebrated at the Annual Homesteader Day on September 13. Visitors can enjoy an old-time threshing bee, homemade pies, broom making, candle dipping, butter churning, and a whole lot more during this day-long event at Beaver Creek Nature Center.


Participate in a pumpkin carving contest or apple pie bake off at the Spearfish Harvest Festival on September 26.  Harvest Fest goers can also enjoy live music, an antique car show, a quilt show, craft booths, and more.


The harvest celebration takes a different twist in Huron as youth, adults, and community organizations create humorous and traditional scarecrows and decorated pumpkins. You can view this unique display of humor and art in Campbell Park October 9-11 during Huron’s Great Scarecrow and Decorated Pumpkin Festival.


There’s a giant pumpkin weigh-in and Autumn Parade of Lights at the Webster Area Pumpkin Fest, October 9-10. Festival goers can also enjoy hayrides, the Pumpkin Olympics, and much more as they commemorate the end of the growing season.


You might want to watch your head as pumpkins will be flying through the air during FestiFALL, October 3 at Newton Hills State Park near Canton. Pumpkin catapulting draws a crowd and offers fun for the whole family. There also will be plenty of games for the kids, crafts, free music, a candlelight walk in the evening and more. 


Lose yourself in the Heartland Country Corn Maze in Harrisburg, open every weekend, August 1-October 25. The 6.6-acre maze, carved into a real corn field, can be navigated in daylight or by night with flashlights. Maze goers navigate through the maze to find ten checkpoints, and can add a little spook to their adventure at the Haunted Maze, October 30 and 31.


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