There will be plenty to do in West Chester and Liberty Township this weekend. Such as high school football on Friday, where both Lakota teams are making a playoff push and will be playing Greater Miami Conference opponents, or celebrate the Halloween season at EnterTRAINment Junction, Niederman Family Farm and at the Great Pumpkin Fest at Keehner Park.
Friday night lights – Both Lakota East and Lakota West enter this week’s contest ranked in the top seven in The Cincinnati Enquirer Division I coaches’ poll. No. 3 Lakota West (7-0 overall, 4-0 in GMC) will be hosting Middletown (2-5 overall, 1-3 in the GMC), while No. 7 Lakota East (5-2 overall, 3-1 in GMC) will be at nearby No. 10 Mason (4-3 overall, 2-2 in GMC). Both games kickoff at 7:30 p.m.
Great Pumpkin Fest – West Chester Township’s annual Great Pumpkin Fest will take place this Saturday, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Keehner Park. The fall festival includes family-friendly activities for children such as a variety of inflatable rides, crafts, pony rides and a petting zoo from Honey Hill Farm. The Great Pumpkin Fest will once again also feature a not-so-scary haunted trail and a costume contest.
Halloween attraction opens at EnterTRAINment – EnterTRAINment Junction in West Chester opened its newest holiday attraction, “Jack-O-Lantern Junction,” in late September. The attraction, which is family friendly, will be available every day through Oct. 31 to celebrate Halloween. The attraction features a walk-through trick-or-treat maze with ghosts, skeletons and cobwebs. It also features an indoor pumpkin patch, multiple treat stations and a talking pumpkin. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Art market returns with farmers’ market – The art market will be at the West Chester farmers’ market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Square at Union Centre this Saturday. The farmers’ market features all local vendors with produce and meats grown and raised locally and products made by hand. This will be the last art market/farmers’ market of the season. The winter farmers’ market will return to The Square in 2012 on Nov. 17 and Dec. 15.
Niederman Family Farm fall activities – Every fall, Niederman Family Farm in Liberty Township has been a fall hot spot for local residents. The farm features a large corn maze and a long hayride, which stops halfway through at a pumpkin patch. In the evening, gather around a bon fire pit and cozy up with family and friends for stories, a weenie roast and s’mores. You can even take home fresh kettle corn, cotton candy, caramel apples and plenty other fall treats. The family farm is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays Check www.niedermanfamilyfarm.com for weekday hours.
Adopt a dog – More than 40 dogs will be up for adoption during a special event, which will also raise money for Carlie’s Animal Relief Foundation, at the Animal Hospital of West Chester this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event also welcomes dog owners by offering $10 on-site “while you wait” dog baths and nail trimming services, as well as on-site microchip insertion and online registration information for $25.