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Plan now for 7 fall activities you don’t want to miss

The hot days of summer are slowly tapering off — swimming, barbecues and long road trips are about to be in the rearview mirror. By now most Utahns are ready for cooler weather and traditional fall activities coming up.

You’re guaranteed to fall in love with fall in Logan and Cache Valley. Here are seven activities you won’t want to miss.

American West Heritage Fall Harvest Festival

Celebrate a vintage version of a fall harvest festival in Cache Valley. The American West Heritage Center’s Fall Harvest Festival, is Oct. 18-19, so make note! You can make candles, shell corn, help with the cider press, and take a train ride or pony ride (for kids 12 and under). You’ll be blown away by the threshing demonstration fueled by a 1900s Case steam engine.

The corn maze, pumpkin patch, and Haunted Hollow are also open for much of October. It’s a rare opportunity to experience the harvest in days gone by.

Ghost tours

Downtown Logan will host an all-new Ghost Tour this Halloween season, with new locations and stories. The Bridgerland Storytelling Guild and Green Wolf Productions will take thrill-seeking guests on a two-hour private guided tour into the heart of Logan’s historic downtown.

As a free bonus, Ghost Tour guests can choose to continue their adventures by going on a late-night Ghost Hunt with “Other Realm” paranormal investigators from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Tours run Fridays and Saturdays throughout October. For more information and tickets, visit the downtown Logan website.

North Logan Pumpkin Walk

If you’re looking for inspiration before you carve pumpkins for the season, the North Logan Pumpkin Walk can give you ideas galore.

Check out thousands of pumpkins, gourds and other vegetables creatively used in more than three dozen displays at Elk Ridge Park. More pumpkins — about 700 carved and lit — line the path through the park.

This free event, held Oct. 17-19 and Oct. 21-22, is great fun for the whole family. Visit pumpkinwalk.org for more information.

USU football and homecoming

There’s nothing like the experience of attending a football game — being surrounded by thousands of cheering fans, the drumbeat of a marching band and the best snacks. Plenty of schools will be playing throughout the fall, but in Logan, football fans are lucky enough to catch college games.

Utah State University games are under way, with season passes and single-game tickets available. Homecoming week is Sept. 21-28. USU will play against Colorado State at Maverik Stadium, but fans can enjoy a variety of activities. There will also be a Day of Giving and a leadership forum, the homecoming parade, karaoke night, chocolate expo, and barbecue.

Theater shows

“Music Man” fans will enjoy the Music Theatre West’s rendition of the classic musical at the Ellen Eccles Theatre. The show will run on select dates from Sept. 20 to Sept. 28. And if you’re a fan of scary-good dancing, you’ll love the Odyssey Dance Theatre’s performance of “Thriller.” Catch this show for only two days — September 30 and October 1.

Fall colors

Autumn marks nature’s shift into cooler temperatures; trees shed leaves and animals gather supplies for the winter or go to warmer climates. Savor nature in the fall by driving or hiking around Cache Valley spots that sport the beautiful reds and oranges of changing leaves. The leaves are usually best late-September through mid-October.

Utah.com recommends the drive from Brigham City to Logan, taking US 89-91 through Sardine Canyon for spectacular colors. Stop anywhere in the canyon to snap a quick photo of the kids among the vibrant reds, oranges and yellows.

The Block Film and Art Festival

The Block Film and Art Festival transforms Logan’s Historic Theatre District into a celebration of independent vision and artistic expression. There will be more than 50 films to watch, more than 40 bands and musicians to hear, and many art installations to check out. Film and art buffs can also attend the topical panel discussions to learn more about the industry. The Block Film and Art Festival runs September 27-29.

Hot Getaway deals

If your perfect fall break involves getting away, but not too far away, you’ll love the local staycation options. Get a super package price with beautiful rooms at a choice of several hotels, dinner for two and breakfast starting at $69.99 per couple. To see your choice of hotels and restaurants, visit the Getaway Package website.

Enjoy the cool air and fall festivities throughout September and October this autumn season. To see everything that’s happening in Cache Valley this month and next, visit the Cache Valley Visitors Bureau website.