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Members of the Providence Christian Academy Praise Brand perform in October 2011 during the school's annual fall festival in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (File photo)

Fall is offically here and with it comes fall festivals.

Many different schools and organizations are celebrating the season in October.

Here are a few of the top festivals to check out in the coming weeks:

PCA Fall Festival

Providence Christian Academy is gearing up for another fun-filled family day during the annual PCA Fall Festival scheduled for 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at its campus in Murfreesboro.

The festival is school's largest communitywide fundraiser of the year.

“The fall festival will offer indoor and outdoor activities and entertainment for children of all ages," said Bette McFarland, development director for PCA. "We’ve been truly blessed by the support of our community and look forward to another amazing year. All proceeds from the festival benefit our annual fund and are utilized to support overall school operations including academics, athletics, fine arts and facility maintenance.”

The event will feature a variety of food in the festival concession stand, apparel and more in the country store, live music from the PCA Praise Band and others, a silent auction with one of a kind items, and dozens of activities for children of all ages. 

Activities will include a spiderweb mountain, bungee power jumping, hayrides, a petting zoo, a mechanical bull, giant inflatables, a dunking booth, a toddler play area, tours of a Blackhawk helicopter and more.

Sponsorships and silent auction donations from businesses and families are needed in order to make the event a success.

Admission is free for adults and children under 3. Armbands for children ages 3 and older will include participation in most activities and are $20 each or a maximum of $50 per family. The bands may be pre-purchased beginning Monday, Oct. 8, in the Providence Christian Academy office, which is open from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Bradley Academy Heritage Festival

The Bradley Academy Museum and Cultural Center’s Heritage Committee will be sponsoring its eighth annual Heritage Festival from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at 415 S. Academy St. in Murfreesboro.   

The festival will include art exhibits, family and church heritage exhibits, a turnip green cook-off, a horse shoe pitching contest for both singles and doubles, vendor booths, a car show, as well as entertainment by local and national artists and local school students.   

MTCS Fall Festival

Middle Tennessee Christian School holds its annual Fall Festival from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at its campus, located at 100 E. MTCS Road and Memorial Boulevard in Murfreesboro.

The day offers fun for all ages with carnival games, Cougar Café, petting zoo, and vendor and themed booths full of crafts, fall and Christmas items, baked goods, school items, toys, and gifts. Hayrides will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., along with a barbecue lunch and fundraising auction, which is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

The festival has no admission fee, but tickets for carnival games, petting zoo, and hayrides are sold on site.

Kittrell Halloween Festival

The Kittrell Volunteer Fire Department will sponsor its annual Halloween Festival from 4 p.m. till 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at KVFD Station 1, located at 8067 Woodbury Highway.

Kick off October with an evening of ghoulish games, freaky fun and frightening food. Home cooked chili will be served, games and prizes for the whole family and a silent auction will be held.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 3 years old to 12 years old, and free children under 3 years old. Proceeds from the event will benefit the continued operations of the Kittrell Volunteer Fire Department.

Barfield Halloween Bash

Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department will hold the 11th annual Barfield Halloween Bash the last week of October at Barfield Crescent Park in Murfreesboro.

The haunted holiday begins with the “Old Scream Road” on Wednesday, Oct. 24, to Saturday, Oct. 27.  Murfreesboro’s scariest hayride begins at dark, guaranteed to keep you screaming.

The hayride is recommended for ages 9 and older. The cost is $5 per person.

For the scaredy cats, the “Not So Haunted Trail” offers families and little ones a scenic hayride through the backcountry campground where the creatures of the forest come out for a friendly greeting.

This year’s hayride theme will be based on the book, “Little Owl’s Night,” by Divya Srinivasan. Costing $3 person, the hayride will be held from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26.

Copies of the "Little Owl’s Night" are on sale now at the Wilderness station.

The highlight of the bash is the carnival, which starts at 5 p.m. on the last two days of the festival.

The carnival will be packed with games, music, dancing, cake walks, and costume contests. The carnival is free and open to the public. Concessions and game tickets, for 50 cents each, will be sold until 9 p.m. each day.

Barfield Crescent Park is located at 697 Veterans parkway in Murfreesboro.

For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 615-890-5333.

Fiber in the Boro

The second annual Fiber in the Boro, Middle Tennessee’s fal fiber festival, will be kick off Friday, Oct. 19, at Lane Agri-Park on John Rice Boulevard in Murfreesboro.

The event will last through Saturday, Oct. 20.

This year, classes will be held all day Friday and an evening fiber market from 5 p.m. till 8 p.m. to give shoppers a headstart for Saturday.

On Saturday, there will be a full festival day, with more classes and a market with more than 40 vendors with fibery goods.

Knitters, spinners, fans of sheep and alpacas, and families alike will find something fun at the event held in the Community Center.

Local artists will demonstrate carding fiber, spinning and weaving and we’ll have activities for children. The festival admission is free.

More than three dozen businesses will sell yarn, fiber, finished textiles, fiber equipment, handmade soap and other delights.

A complete list of vendors can be found at www.fiberintheboro.com.

Fiber in the Boro will also offer free classes in textile skills such as spinning, knitting, locker hooking, felting, crocheting and quilting.

The festival replaces the fiber corner traditionally found at Cannonsburgh’s Harvest Days, continuing the fiber tradition in a new location on a new date.

Harvest Days

The annual Harvest Days is as an opportunity to provide a family friendly event for the citizens of Rutherford County and other surrounding counties.

“Fall is a great time for family, fun, and crafts, and Cannonsburgh Village’s Harvest Days is a popular event for all ages. We’ve have a great turnout each and every year,” said Sheila Hodges, Cannonsburgh Village program coordinator.

Throughout the day, browse and shop from unique vendors and exhibits featuring a variety of crafts and arts.

The day will also include several free old-time demonstrations, storytelling, hayrides, cloggers and dancing, bluegrass music, antique auto show, blacksmith demonstration, craft fair and food vendors.

Harvest Days is being held from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Cannonsburgh Village, located at 312 S. Front St. in Murfreesboro.

The event is free except for purchases.

To learn more about the Harvest Days festival, visit www.murfreesborotn.gov.

Tagged under  Bradley Academy, Cannon County, Fiber in the Boro, Halloween, Harvest Days, Kittrell, MTCS, Murfreesboro, Parks and Recreation Department, PCA, Rutherford County, Woodbury

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