Many people, including myself, consider fall their favorite season. The temperatures aren’t scorching, but they aren’t yet frigid. Leaves change color and we see the beauty of nature laid out like an artist’s canvas. We love everything about fall and there is no better way to celebrate the season than Fargo’s Fall Festival.

According to Fargo Park District Program Coordinator Rachel Wolpert, the Fall Festival has been a Fargo Park District staple for 19 years.

“It began as a celebration of harvest and Halloween,” she explained.

Over the years, the festival evolved into a celebration of harvest and fall instead of Halloween. What hasn’t changed, however, is the popularity of the event, especially for families.

“The entire family will enjoy a festival full of fall fun, including carnival games, autumn crafts, live entertainment, inflatables, live animals, a pumpkin patch, a straw bale maze, and so much more,” Wolpert said.

For those that spend countless hours planning events like this, it is the love of making people happy that makes those late nights worth it.

“What I like best about my position is that there is a ton of planning that goes into each event, a ton of stress to make sure our participants will have a great time,” Wolpert explained. “But all of that stress is well worth it when you see people having a great time at your event.”

The Fall Festival happens over two weekends, September 17-18 and 24-25. According to Wolpert, close to 13,000 people will walk through the gates of Rheault Farm. Many of them will head straight for the pumpkins.

“Our pumpkin patch is a popular spot during the event for families to take pictures or buy pumpkins,” Wolpert said. In addition, the activities involving animals are always a big success. “Whether it be the petting zoo, pony rides, or carriage rides, children love to be where the animals are,” she explained.

Wolpert would like to invite everyone to the Fall Festival. If you have never been, now’s your chance. For that matter, Wolpert would also like to invite everyone to all Fargo Park District’s events.

“Fall Festival and other events put on by the Fargo Park District is a great opportunity to come out and enjoy time spent with your family,” she said. “There are events all throughout the year that cater to everyone.”

If you like anything to do with fall or pumpkins, the Fall Festival is your place. In addition to the pumpkin patch (with over 1,000 pumpkins) and petting zoo, you can also enjoy face painting, arts & crafts at the Peter Peter Pumpkin Factory, balloon animals, carnival games, pumpkin decorating, a straw bale maze (with a new pattern), barrel train rides, pony rides, and concessions.

Admission to the park is free. Some activities require tickets, but you can purchase an all-day pass for the low price of $5.50. The festival takes place at Rheault Farm, located at 2902 25th Street South in Fargo.

By Jamee Larson