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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Fall Happenings on Atlanta’s South Side by Anne Jiles

<pThere is a touch of fall is in the air, and residents and visitors on the south side of the Atlanta metro area getting ready to enjoy the seasonal activities. Several fall festivals and local pumpkin patches will offer fun for the entire family. Here is a sampling of some popular fall events.

Southern Belle Farm in McDonough, Georgia opens for the fall season on September 17. This 200 acre working farm offers plenty of fun activities for families to enjoy. Families may choose pumpkins of all shapes and sizes from the Pumpkin Patch. Adults can get creative in the pumpkin carving contest. Visit the farm animals, watch the pig races in Oinker Stadium, enjoy an old fashioned hayride, and wind along the paths in the 7 acre corn maze. Visitors can purchase snacks in MiMi's Kitchen and shop in the Country Market. The farm is open on weekends through November 14. Saturday hours are 10am-10pm and Sunday hours are 1-6pm. Admission is $10 for seniors and $12 for other adults and children ages 3 and older. Southern Belle Farm is located at 1658 Turner Church Road in McDonough.

The Pumpkin Patch @ Yule Forest is located at 3565 Hwy 155 N in Stockbridge, Georgia. Visitors can enjoy the pumpkin patch, hayrides, petting zoo, pony rides, train ride, and the Crazy Maze. A science center features a live reptile exhibit. The Fun Zone features an obstacle course, rope spider web, and fun house. The Pumpkin Patch is open October 1-31. Hours are Monday-Friday from 4-7pm and Saturday and Sunday from 9am-6pm. Admission prices range from $6-$8 per person.

Fall festival lovers may want to stop by Bridgefest in the Pines in Stockbridge, Georgia on October 1. This festival is perfect for families. Attendees will enjoy arts and crafts, live musical entertainment, and food. Children's activities will include pony rides and a petting zoo. Bridgefest will run from 9am-5pm and admission is free. The festival venue is Clark Community Park in Stockbridge.

Teenagers may enjoy the Trail of Terror sponsored by the Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department. This spooky, outdoor haunted trail is sure to cause a fright. The Trail of Terror is open on October 21-22 and 28-29 from 7:30-11pm. The location is International Park, located at 2300 Hwy 138 SE in Jonesboro. Admission is $5 and this activity is not recommended for children under 12.

These seasonal activities are a great way to celebrate fall weekends. Enjoy the cooler weather, the changing leaves, and the outdoor festivities.

Anne Jiles is the Director of Sales of the Hampton Inn Morrow hotel in Atlanta-Southlake. Located in the heart of Morrow, the hotel is just across from Southlake Mall and 18 miles from downtown Atlanta. This property offers a full range of services and amenities to make your stay exceptional.

For more information visit: http://www.HAMPTONINNSOUTHLAKE.COM

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