Written by: Molly Jones, Assistant Director
I grew up on an island in Alaska and while I’m certainly not discounting its beauty, I feel as if I never really experienced fall until my first year in Kittitas County. Not just because of the leaves changing colors and the clear change in temperature, but because of all the community gatherings to look forward to that truly make this season feel like something to be thankful for.
As the students return to classes and campus, and the days get shorter, a familiar feeling fills the town. Local shops begin to plan their holiday displays and fill their shelves with fall themed clothing and décor. The Ellensburg Downtown Association is excited to work with the Daily Record to produce another Hometown Holidays publication that will be distributed during Downtown Trick or Treat, October 31st from 3-6pm. The community begins to fill their calendars with fun events to attend alongside their loved ones and neighbors
Pick the perfect pumpkin
Huffman Farms, located at 6181 Wilson Creek Road, features a U-pick pumpkin patch, hayrides, a petting zoo, a corn maze, and more! This is a great place to take pictures with the family and create lifelong memories while adding some DIY to your fall traditions. Huffman Farms is open every Saturday and Sunday in October from 10am-4pm. Find more information on their website.
Celebrate the season
Suncadia is hosting their 12th Annual Harvest Festival which will feature two weekends of seasonal events. This fall celebration will host food trucks, pony rides, a pee-wee rodeo, harvest crafts, and more. Special events include West Seattle Art Nest Crafts, Harvest Apple Hop, and Gathering Over Grapes. Taking place October 7-8th and again on October 14-15th, these two weekends will be full of fall favorites. More information can be found in the Facebook event.
On Fridays and Saturdays beginning October 13th to the 28th, experience a horrific version of the Old West at the Frontier Village on the Kittitas County Fair Grounds. This event is sure to spook the socks off of you and your friends. School age children up to 12 years old are welcome to experience the toned down version from 6-7 pm, while ages 13 and up will experience the full effect from 7-10 pm. Parental discretion is advised at this professional haunt that will leave you running in fear! Learn more on their website.
As always, downtown Ellensburg is welcoming the season with open arms. A variety of activities are happening regularly such as Sip and Paints, First Friday Art Walk, and the Kittitas County Farmers Market. If you are looking for a hot drink to warm your bones, visit downtown’s newest location, Monster Melts and Cravens Coffee. Restaurants, such as Grapes and Crepes, are featuring fall menus with seasonal flavors. The Kittitas County Historical Museum is hosting downtown tours of the historical and haunted variety.
We here at the EDA encourage you to experience all the county has to offer this season.