Harvest festivals, hayrides and a haunted trail

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Margaret Plevak | October 10, 2013

  Plenty of fall activities this weekend, including harvest festivals in Delavan, Williams Bay and Lake Geneva, wine tastings in Burlington and a haunted trail in Whitewater.

Friday, Oct. 11:

Harvest Fest cookout, Oct. 11-12, beginning at noon, Kishwaukeetoe Nature Conservancy, Wisconsin Highway 67, Williams Bay. www.kishwauketoe.org

Corn Maze, Oct. 11-12, Army Lake Camp, N8797 Army Lake Road, East Troy. Bounce house, hay rides, pumpkin patch, corn maze. (262) 642-6400,  www.armylakecap.org

Shockwave Haunts, Oct. 11-12, Oct. 18-19, Oct. 25-26, featuring adult comedy haunted house plus three frighteningly fun haunted houses, The Fuzzy Pig, N8660 Clover Valley Road, Whitewater. (262) 473-4574, shockwavehaunts.com

Haunted barn and haunted hay ride, Oct. 11-12, from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., Pearce's Farm Stand, W5740 N. Walworth Road, Walworth. (262)?374-0325, www.pearcefarms.com

Timber Ridge Fall Festival, Oct. 11-12, from 4 p.m to 10 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Timber Ridge Lodge &?Waterpark, 7020 Grand Geneva Way. Lake Geneva. (262) 249-3400, www.timberridgeresort.com

Zombie Laser Tag, Oct. 11-13, Geneva Ridge Resort (in the Haunted Forest) W4240 Wisconsin Highway 50, Lake Geneva. Zombies are roaming the countryside — your  job is to survive until the extraction team arrives. (262) 729-0711, www.zombiesundead.com

Hi-Rollin Van Camping Group weekend of camping, Oct. 11-13, at the Walworth County Fairgrounds, 411 E. Court St., Elkhorn. (262) 723-3228

Haunted Hayride, Oct. 11-13, from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and from 6 p.m. to midnight Sunday, Dan Patch Stables, 2036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva. (262) 215-5303, www.danpatchstables.com

Family Festival weekend, Oct. 11-13, with cookout, scarecrow building, pumpkin bowling, bonfire storytelling and more.  Special performance by "Those Funny Little People" as seen on NBC's America's Got Talent. Lake Lawn Resort, Delavan.

Haunted Trail, Oct. 12, at 8 p.m. at the Scenic Ridge Campground, W7991 R&W Townline Road, Whitewater. (608) 883-2920,  www.scenicridgecampground.com
Wine tasting, Oct. 12, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., AeppelTreow Winery, 1072 288th Ave., Burlington. (262) 496-7508, www.burlingtonchamber.org

Lights & Ladders, Oct. 12, free community event with city vehicles — fire truck, ambulance, police car, fork life, and more for little ones to explore from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Sunset Park in Elkhorn. Pancake breakfast in the Lion's Den.

Family History fair, Oct. 12, sponsored by the Walworth County Genealogical Society, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The fair is held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Faith Christian School, W5525 Wisconsin Highway 67, Williams Bay. Learn how to research Mexican roots, military records and more. www.walworthgs.com

22nd annual Oktoberfest, Oct. 12-13, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. downtown Lake Geneva with free shuttle service from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.. Family fall festival includes pony rides, Bouncy Castle, wagon rides, music, magic and the Great Pumpkin Giveaway. (262) 248-4416, www.lakegenevawi.com

Third annual Sprechtoberfest, Oct. 12, from noon to 4 p.m., at Sprecher's Restaurant & Pub, 111 Center St., Lake Geneva. (262) 248-7047, www.sprecherspub.com

Spirit Hill Farm Pumpkinland, Oct. 12-13, Oct. 19-20, Oct. 26-27, with haunted barn, kids' maze, pumpkin patch, 7325 S. Wisconsin Highway 140, Clinton (I-43 exit 6, south). Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. (608) 449-0536, spirithillpumpkinland.com

28th annual Fall Diddley, Oct. 12-13, with family fun from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Boone County Fairgrounds, Illinois Highway 76 in Belvidere.

Kettle Moraine Studio Tour, Oct. 12-13, with seven artist's studios at five locations with eight guest artists. Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free admission.  Start the tour at the Xn-trix Studio, W625 Little Prairie Road, Palmyra or go to www.kettlemorainestudiotour.com to print out a map and brochure.

Autumn Harvest Fest, Oct. 12-13,  from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Take a trip to the orchard or pick pumpkins from the patch, Elegant Farmer, 1545 Main St., Mukwonago. (262)?363-6770, www.elegantfarmer.com

Wine & Dine, Oct. 13 at noon, with a four-course, wine pairing experience, Staller Estate Winery, W8896 County Highway A, just east of Wisconsin Highway 89, Delavan. (608) 883-2100, stallerestate.com

Fundraiser for Open Arms Free Clinic, Oct. 13 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy champagne and gourmet hors d'oeuvres and sweets at Yerkes Observatory, 743 West Geneva Street in Williams Bay. Take a tour of the observatory. Tickets at Rita at (262) 248-4162. Yerkes is located at 743 West Geneva Street in Williams Bay.  Sponsored by the Catholic Daughters.

Seventh annual pie-baking contest, held Oct. 13, during Welty Environmental Center's Fall Harvest Festival. Pies should be made with local fruits and vegetables. Details at (608) 361-1377, info@weltycenter.org

Wine tasting, Oct. 13, from noon to 4 p.m., AeppelTreow Winery, 1072 288th Ave., Burlington. (262) 496-7508, www.burlingtonchamber.org

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