[Thousands of blown glass pumpkins and other designs from nature by artists from across the country will be featured between Oct. 10 and 14 at the Glass Pumpkin Patch.]
"I've seen peppers and tomatoes and squash," Hardtke said, adding there's a design for every home's motif.
Shapes include finely detailed pumpkins to acorns, leaves, fruits and vegetables. Hardtke said artists represent the local area and as far away as California. On Oct. 12, a one-minute countdown traditionally is held before the items become available for purchase at 1 p.m. and the race is on for pieces people have been eyeing.
Performing arts are part of the fun this fall. With the turn of the season, the theme of the walking plays has shifted to "The Grimmest of Ghost Tales." The fairy-tale collecting brothers will dive deep into the darker side of their classic stories, Hardtke said of the interactive, fast-paced production for people ages 6 to adult. The shows begin at 3 p.m. Oct. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21, and the hiking distance is no longer than 2 miles.
"The spookier storyline is super fitting," she said. "People can be on site for the fall color during the day and wind down the afternoon with a walking play. We are very pleased with the [theater] company – we love what they do."
Accessibility is something worked into as many events as possible, Hardtke said.