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REGION — If you think tourist season in the Upper Delaware Valley closes up shop on Labor Day, think again. Festivities reach a second peak with a cornucopia of harvest festivals in October that take advantage of the brilliantly hued landscapes and lively, invigorating air of the river valley in autumn. Most of those festivals are hitting right about now.

The Bethel Woods Harvest Festival culminates this week with the annual Rustic Craft Festival on Sunday, October 11, page 23). Hawley’s Harvest Hoedown kicked up its heels last weekend in Hawley, PA, and this weekend you can visit Barryville, NY’s Pumpkinfest (October 10, page 23), Honesdale, PA’s Harvest & Heritage Days (October 10 and 11, page 18) and Port Jervis, NY’s Fall Foliage Festival (October 10, page 23).

Leaf peepers out for Columbus Day weekend should be sure to take in one of these local festivals as they tour the local highways immersing themselves in the colors of the season.

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The Great Pumpkin Party in Grahamsville, NY kicked off the Halloween season last weekend with a costume parade. (Click for larger version)
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A spooky hayride provides part of the entertainment at last year’s Pumpkinfest, scheduled for Saturday, October 10 this year in Barryville, NY. The spectacular view of the Delaware in autumn is part of the perennial appeal of this harvest festival. (Click for larger version)
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A jack-o’-lantern leers at Barryville, NY’s Pumpkinfest. (Click for larger version)
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Honesdale’s Harvest & Heritage Days on Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11 will feature a wide variety of activities including a wing and chili contest, corn-shucking contest, pumpkin painting, and a scarecrow contest with a wide variety of imaginative entries like this ET scarecrow from last year. (Click for larger version)
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A couple of volunteers at Hawley Harvest Hoedown, which this year took place last weekend, hawk raffle tickets, posing with a basket of plenty for the lucky winner. (Click for larger version)