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Best Fall Festivals for Families

Best Fall Festivals for Families
Courtesy of Sonoma County Harvest Festival

Sonoma County Harvest Fair
Sonoma, CA

The grape harvest, of course is why everyone is here, and all ages can participate in the World Championship Grape Stomp. But there’s plenty else going on: a pygmy goat show, cow-milking contests, a pumpkin toss, sheepdog trials, and a giant pumpkin weigh-in.

For the Kids: Animals take center stage, with a miniature donkey show, pet pig show, poultry and waterfowl exhibit, and llama show—even a llama parade. There’s also a magic circus, an Etch A Sketch contest (Etch A Sketches provided), and an Easy Bake Bake-Off. Kids can also indulge in a varietal apple tasting before the less health-conscious Super Sundae contest.

For the Parents: What would Sonoma be without a wine tasting?This festival’s tasting offers unlimited samples for $40, while the beer tasting is $15 for five taste tickets. And check out the slew of seminars and chef demonstrations and the Port & Chocolate Garden.

Details: October 3–5, 2008; www.sonomacountyfair.com.

Best Fall Festivals for Families

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