Julie Hollist Terrill
Director, Cache Valley Visitor’s Bureau
Let’s be honest. I’ve probably eaten close to 3.2 million peaches since the earliest varieties were ripe enough in the middle of August. I love this time of year, when the smell of fresh-cut hay sticks in your nose, the
mornings are cool, and the garden provides a cornucopia of color and flavor. Summer is so busy that the tempo of this interim between
seasons is a welcome respite and a beautiful time of year to explore and celebrate the heritage of our valley.
The best place to start is my office, the Visitors Bureau at 199 North Main Street in Logan, where you can pick up a copy of our Cache Valley Heritage Driving Tour brochure. This handy guide is packed with interesting tidbits and lists of heritage sites and markers in each little town.
There’s too much to see and do in one day, so you might want to spread it out a bit. FYI, Cache Valley is roughly 40 miles long and 10 miles wide. From Lewiston to Avon the landscape is dotted with farms, fields, and
interesting finds so take your time as you go.
Not only will the leaves be turning colors in the mountains and the valley for weeks on end, ‘tis the season for some of my favorite Cache Valley festivals as well. Snag your calendars and pencil them in.
I’m super pumped for the first ever Center Street Giant Pumpkin Festival in downtown Logan September 23 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. About 30 giant pumpkin growers from around the region will bring their beauties to be
weighed for a chance to win. It will be a sight to behold since most of the gourds top the scales at more than 1,000 pounds! There will be live music, art, children’s activities, tasty pumpkin specialties, pumpkin carving and painting, art, and more, all on Center Street. centerstreetgiant.com
Cache Valley is famous throughout the United States for its cheeses, milk, and ice cream, so check out the free Cache Valley Cheese and Dairy Festival September 29-30. You’ll love samples of cheese and ice cream, and workshops on learning how to properly taste cheeses or how to create a charcuterie board. Games for kids, equipment displays, live music, mac n’ cheese, and cheesecake contests along with good food round out the weekend. Speaking of which, the mac n’ cheese and cheesecake contests are for amateurs of all ages and have really
great prizes. You should give them a shot!
October 1-7 get your Aggie groove on with USU’s annual homecoming celebration. There are plenty of highlights, but you’re kidding yourself if you think you’re a local and you’re not a True Aggie. If you’re racking your brain because you don’t know what I’m talking about, here are some hints The tradition started back in 1916, involves (hopefully) breath mints, a smooch, midnight and the letter A. Head up to campus October 6 for your piece of the action. usu.edu
Then, step back in time at the American West Heritage Center’s (AWHC) Fall Harvest Festival, October 13-14. The AWHC is an outdoor living history museum celebrating the history of the American West with mountain men, pioneers, and farmers dressed in period costume. There are demonstrations and plenty of hands-on activities for all ages. Don’t miss steam engine threshing with antique tractors ( just like how they used to harvest Cache Valley fields more than 100 years ago), cider pressing, throwing tomahawks, corn shelling, riding ponies and a
train, candle making, and more. awhc.org
Next, the 40th-annual North Logan Pumpkin Walk is October 19-21 and 23-24. This is one event you have to see to believe because it absolutely defies description. We’re not just talking about carved pumpkins, although there are hundreds on hand. Community members spend weeks creating complex scenes that all revolve around integrating pumpkins and other gourds. You’ll marvel at their fabulous and colorful displays. It’s impossible to imagine how cool it is if you’ve never been, so don’t miss it. pumpkinwalk.org
These celebrations are only the beginning. There are corn mazes, ghost tours in downtown Logan, football games, live theater and music performances, and so much more. Visit the calendar on explorelogan.com for more events and fall in love with fall, right here in your own backyard.