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Apple orchards, pumpkin patches, highlight fall activities

September 27, 2013

Camp Grove Orchard

This orchard is one of the closest to Monmouth College. Even though you can’t pick your own apples, Camp Grove offers its visitors the opportunity to walk to their pond and view the bee hives that produce their home-made honey. They also just started making apple cider jelly this year too.

Monday- Sunday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. 373 105th Street, Roseville (309-774-4244, 32 minutes from MC. Free admission, $6 gallons of apple cider.

Christ Orchards

Offering a traditional orchard experience, Christ Orchard lets guests pick their own apples and pumpkins and even try free apple cider samples. Rusty the alpaca is also a favorite at the petting zoo.

Monday- Saturday 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 4321 N. Texas Road, Elmwood (309-446-3324, 57 minutes from MC. Free admission.

Country Corner

Other than offering pick your own apples and pumpkins, this orchard is a cheap way for college students to have some weekend fun. Offering $1 and $2 activities, visitors can use pumpkin cannons, a corn cannon, play haunted paintball, navigate through a flashlight corn maze, ride a cow-train or visit the flea market (which will happen only on Sept. 28). Their petting zoo also houses Roadie the pot belly pig.

Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 5333 US Highway 150, Alpha (309-629-2359, 37 minutes from MC. Free admission, up to $2 per activity fee.

Tanner’s Orchard

With over 11,000 “U-Pick” apple trees and 20 acres of pumpkin patch, Tanner’s has one of the largest selections for fun in Western Illinois. It also offers a petting zoo, a duck pond, a lunch bakery (weekdays 11 a.m.-2 p.m.) and special festival Saturdays.

Monday-Sunday 8 a.m.-8 p.m. U-Pick hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 740 Illinois 40, Speer (309-493-5442, One hour 16 minutes from MC. Free admission on regular business days, $5 on Festival days, $6 corn maze fee.

Adventure Quest Pumpkin Festival

Interested in doing more than picking pumpkins? Adventure Quest by the Quad Cities also offers zip lining, hay rack rides, corn mazes, a haunted maze and craft and food vendors. The Pumpkin Festival takes place September 28 and 29 only, so visit before a new event is hosted.
10 a.m.- 4 p.m. both days. 3501 207th Street, Port Byron (309-523-3619, One hour from MC. Free.

Asylum of Mad Dreams at Cordova Dragway Park

If Halloween can’t come soon enough for you, then visiting the Asylum of Mad Dreams is the perfect weekend activity. The Asylum features six different haunted attractions.

Sept 27-28 7 p.m.- midnight. 19425 Route 84, Cordova (815-772-3231, One hour thirteen minutes from MC. $15 admission.

Stevie Croisant

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