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Garretson Forge, hayrides and classic carsGarretson Forge, hayrides and classic cars are just some of the happenings this coming weekend.  Fall is in full swing and Oktoberfest is here as well at the Demarest Duck Pond.

Let’s not forget pumpkins at the local pumpkin patch along with those hayrides too.  Because the weather is still warm and since so much is going on, October is a wonderful time of year.

Moreover this is especially true in Bergen County due to our fabulous County Parks.  Golf, horseback riding, hiking, camping, bocce and more are all available to Bergen County residents.

Here’s what we have for this weekend:

Garretson Forge & Farm Harvest Festival

garretson forge and farm

Garretson Forge & Farm is one of Bergen County’s oldest historic sites dating back to the early 1700’s.   It’s open this Sunday 10-4 for it’s Harvest Festical.  Admission is free – donations are greatly appreciated.  They have a Civil War re-enactment, open hearth cooking demonstrations (with recipes), organic herbs and vegetables for sale, tours of the home and all sorts of fun things for children.

Hayrides and Pumpkin Patches

Hayrides Pumpkin PatchBelieve it or not, Bergen County still has family owned (for generations) working farms  You’ve heard me mention them many times in my blog articles.  As a result, you are in for a treat – go on a hayride, pick a pumpkin at a pumpkin patch, buy a home made apple pie, gobble up fresh donuts and spend an afternoon at a farm.

Before you go, be sure to make hayride reservations because rides can get booked up quickly.  Here are the farms as links for you in alphabetical order:

  1. Abma’s Farm in Wyckoff
  2. Demarest Farms in Hillsdale
  3. Secor Farms in Mahwah

In addition, don’t forget to also check out Ward’s Pumpkin Patch in Ridgewood and Lupardi’s Nursery in Closter.

Classic Cars at the North Jersey Auto Show

This is a serious antique auto show.  Presented by the Restored Rusty Relics Antique Auto Club, the North Jersey Auto Show is Bergen County’s biggest.classic cars  You’ll find 400 cars, 50 vendors and an extensive flea market.  Everything in classic cars is at this incredible antique car show.  Since there’s also food for sale, you can easily spend the day.  Hours are 8 am – 3:40 pm on Sunday and location is Bergen County Community College in Paramus.  Admission is $5 (max $10 per carload).

Oktoberfest & Crafts at the Duck PondOktoberfest and Craft Fair

Come to the Demarest Duck Pond this Saturday for a simply wonderful day.  A combination of an important juried craft show and Oktoberfest celebration, there’s enough here to keep you busy all day.  Because it’s so popular, canoe rides on the Duck Pond are back.  There will be 75 crafters, German food, beer and music, Korean delicacies, a bake table and more.  The Demarest Duck Pond is easy to find.  Use Park Ave in your GPS.

This is a highly popular event which attracts people from all around.  The crafters are excellent and, as a result, many folks come to buy holiday gifts at this craft fair.  All proceeds go to support the Demarest Nature Center which also has a table there about the environment.

Ridgewood Sidewalk Sale Days

Ridgewood has the largest local business district in Bergen County.  Since it also includes many highly rated restaurants and bars, Ridgewood is a very popular destination for both shopping and nightlife.  During warm months you’ll see it’s sidewalks filled with people going out to dinner and window shopping.  This week from Thursday through Saturday the Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce is putting on what it calls a blowout sale event.  Hours are 10-6 daily and you’ll find the many shops participating on it’s website.  People wait for this annual event to do their holiday shopping.

Garretson Forge, Hayrides and Classic Cars

While Garretson Forge, hayrides and classic cars headline this week’s happenings, we do have 2 more great options for you.  Although I didn’t write a segment on this, for young children and their families, check out the Tenafly Nature Center Scavenger Hunt this weekend.  There’s still spots available.  If you know of anything I’ve missed or you have an event to add, please let me know.

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