Van Riper State Park to host Fall Harvest Festival:

Article Posted: September 14, 2002

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Van Riper State Park to host Fall Harvest Festival

Traditionally, Labor Day in the Upper Peninsula signals the end of the
camping season, as shorter days and cooler nights begin to prevail. But
the fun is never done at Van Riper State Park, site of the annual Fall
Harvest Festival, Sept. 27, 28 and 29. Van Riper officials today
announced the popular festival will return again this year, offering a
full slate of nature programs, games, contests and other family
Van Riper observes the final weekend in September with a focus
on autumn activities, featuring an early observance of Halloween in the
campground. Starting on the evening of Sept. 27, the Festival kicks off
with free treats and "Witches Brew" for campers. The following day,
campers and day visitors can enjoy horse-drawn hay rides, a scavenger
hunt, trick or treating for the children, a costume contest and a
campsite decorating contest. Saturday evening features special
presentations, including a live reptile program, and at 9 p.m. everyone
is invited to gather around the bonfire for scary ghost stories.
"Fall is a spectacular time of the year in the Upper Peninsula,
and here at Van Riper, which is situated in some of the most beautiful
mixed forest in the U.P., it will be an especially enjoyable time for
one more weekend of camping," said Doug Barry, Van Riper State Park
manager. "We are excited to be hosting the Fall Harvest Festival again
this year, and hope folks will come and stay with us for what is sure to
be a very enjoyable weekend of fun and socializing."
Nestled along the eastern shore of Lake Michigamme, 35 miles
west of Marquette, Van Riper State Park is a popular summer destination
for its swimming beach and fishing. As the temperature begins to chill
and autumn leaves blaze brightly, Van Riper and nearby Craig Lake State
Park are key destinations for superb U.P. fall scenery.
The Fall Harvest is open to the public as well as campers. A
motor vehicle permit, $4.00 daily or $20.00 annual permit is required
for entry into the Park. For more information, call Van Riper at

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