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    Fall Events Offer Festive Experiences In The Quad Cities

    The Quad Cities is a great destination that offers everything from casino action to world class entertainment, museums, gardens, and so much more to enjoy. Along with amazing attractions, they also host exciting events, which we're highlighting for the Fall season.

    In Rapids City, Ill. you can pick out your favorite pumpkin at the Quad Cities Pumpkin Festival that takes place in October each day at Adventure Quest, 3501 207th Street in Rapids City, Ill. Take a hayrack ride or try the corn maze or spook maze. Activities also include zip line rides, panning for gems, inflatable games, entertainment, craft vendors, food, contests, and prizes. For more information, contact 309-523-3619 or www.adventureqwest.com.

    The pumpkins will fly in Alpha, Ill. when the pumpkin cannons visit Country Corner. The four cannons will not only shoot for distance records, but also show its accuracy with targets 500 to 1,000 feet away! The cannons have rapid fire action with pumpkins flying every 4 to 5 minutes, and can shoot almost a mile. Country Corner is located on US Highway 150, 2 miles north of Alpha, Illinois. For more information, contact 309-629-2359 or www.country-corner.com.

    With Fall comes chills and thrills at local haunts, and one of these is the award winning Trail of Terror that swings into action throughout Northwest Illinois during September and October with special events and haunted happenings. Fall festivals, haunted houses, cemetery walks, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, winery tours and more are what you’ll find on the 10 county Trail of Terror which is a full listing of fall activities covering Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Winnebago and Whiteside counties in Illinois. Check out more on this event by calling 800-678-2108 or visit www.trail-of-terror.com

    In Fulton, Illinois is the Fulton Fall Festival in downtown Fulton. The event is filled with family-fun activities and performances. Enjoy an arts and crafts show, food vendors, hay bale maze, pumpkin painting, petting zoo, train rides, live music, dance, games, beer garden with band, and more. For more information on this event visit www.cityoffulton.us  or call 815-589-4545.

    The annual Galena Oktoberfest is a event for all ages, and features non-stop live music, a bounce house and games, German-style food and beer, wiener dog races, parade, and events, bean bag toss, polka dancing and lessons, pumpkin decorating, a raffle for cash and prizes, and more. Gate tickets to Galena Oktoberfest are $5 for adults and teens, children 12 and under are admitted free. Depot Park is located near the intersection of US Highway 20 and Park Avenue, by Galena’s Old Train Depot. For more information, contact (815) 331-0180 or www.galenaoktoberfest.com.

    By Leroy Worley

    Getting There

    To learn about more attractions, upcoming festivals, events, and current packages available in the Illinois area of the Quad Cities visit the Quad Cities Conventions and Visitors Bureau at http://www.visitquadcities.com.

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