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Fall festivals and events at state parks

Start planning now for fall festivals and events at Oklahoma state parks
BY KELI CLARK Published: August 22, 2010

It happened right in front of our eyes. We saw it coming, but it came and went so quickly. What is it? The carefree and relaxing days of summer vacations.

School days slowly are inching away at the valuable time that remains on the calendar for family getaways to destinations near and far.

Although the thermometer reminds us that we are still in the hot, sweltering days of summer, we can look ahead to the Labor Day holiday and planning fun adventures for the fall months and cooler weather.

Start by marking the date for an Oklahoma State Park fall festival for the entire family to enjoy. The Robbers Cave Fall Festival at Robbers Cave State Park near Wilburton from Oct. 15-17 has become one of the largest events in the state. For those who appreciate the beauty and fine detail of a classic automobile, prepare to feast your eyes on hundreds of the magnificent machines on display at the park during this yearly event.

Palate-pleasing foods are offered by a variety of vendors spread throughout the park. Early Christmas shoppers are guaranteed to find a gift for even the hardest-to-please distant relative or favorite in-law at several hundred craft booths. Craft makers from across Oklahoma and surrounding states offer their finest homemade items including woodcrafts, jewelry, candles and much more.

All weekend, live music flows throughout the park for a toe-tapping, foot-stomping good time. Children will find plenty to keep them occupied with carnival rides, face painting and children's crafts. Parking and free tram service are available at the park. However, festival guests are encouraged to park downtown and take advantage of the free shuttle bus that provides transportation to the park.

At the end of October, ghosts and goblins come out of hiding and into the streets and open air as they begin their haunting search for sweet treats. Lake Eufaula, Dripping Springs, Lake Thunderbird, Tenkiller State Park and Western Hills Guest Ranch are some of the parks hosting Halloween events that include anything from haunted hayrides to hikes and horseback rides along spooky trails and fun costume parties.

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