If you've got Saturday free and are looking for a fun way to spend some time with friends and family, head over to Fair Oaks Farms.
"Cowtoberfest" will be in full swing from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the farms, an attraction located in Fair Oaks, off Interstate 65 between Chicago and Indianapolis, which features a dairy adventure, birthing barn, cheese factory and cafe.
During this special October event, guests will enjoy everything from live musical entertainment and tours of the attraction to carnival rides, pumpkin patch, haunted and regular hayrides, bobbing for apples, and a costume contest.
"This is our eight year for the event," said Leslie Rusk, marketing director for Fair Oaks Farms. "The whole purpose of 'Cowtoberfest' is just to bring out families and kids to enjoy the fall weather and to get to know who we are."
For the first time this year, Rusk said, the event will include craft vendors as well as live entertainment.
Performing on the musical stage will be Maddie DeNault, Eaten Alive and Jebco Black. Live entertainment runs from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Rusk said guests may tour the grounds for an additional cost. Tours will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost for the tours, which also include pumpkin decorating, scavenger hunt, hayride and costume parade, is $10 for children and $12 for adults. Individual hayrides cost $5.
Admission into the fest is free with the exception of tours, hayrides and picking from the pumpkin patch.
Food, from the on-site cafe, will be available for purchase.
"We'll have special items such as deep-fried cheese curds, elephant ears, hot Bavarian-style pretzels, popcorn, hot apple cider, pumpkin slices and cookies, and pumpkin milkshakes," she said. Other items from the cafe menu will also be available. For more information, visit fofarms.com and click on the "Cowtoberfest" page.