Weekend Countdown: Sept. 15-17

Get ready to usher in a new season with these fall-themed activities.

5. In case you haven’t already heard, Saturday is the New Freedom Fest in, you guessed it, New Freedom. The family friendly event is a celebration of small-town life. Artists sell their wares, musicians and dancers take the stage, and pets parade around town (no kidding). You won’t go hungry with the many food vendors, and children will be entertained by games, pumpkin painting and more. Don’t miss it.

4. Saturday night is an all-you-can-eat ham and turkey dinner at Glen Rock Fire Hall (15-17 Hanover St., Glen Rock). Get all the fixin’s (check out the full menu) while supporting the Zion Lutheran Church Youth Group’s mission trip to Austin, Texas, in 2018. Adult tickets are $15, while tickets for children ages 6 to 12 is $7.50; children younger than 6 admitted free. Doors open at 4 p.m.; buffet service starts at 5.

3. Pick your own apples, or, if you prefer, pick up apple cider doughnuts, at Maple Lawn Farms (2885 New Park Road, New Park). The farm market and orchards is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The bakery is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday.

2. Get your last taste of Bonkey’s Ice Cream & Snoballs (28 E. Franklin St., New Freedom), which will close its doors for the season on Saturday. Pumpkin ice cream, anyone?

1. Hop aboard the Wild West Express during one of three Steam into History rides on Saturday. The train departs from the New Freedom station (2 W. Main St., New Freedom) to Seitzland and back, at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. Beware: Outlaws, including Jesse James, are the on the loose and likely to rob the train for trinkets and jewels. We hear there will be gunfire! Adult tickets are $17 each; children ages 3 to 12, $10 each; children younger than 3 sitting in a lap, free.

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