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By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
As the temperatures decrease and families begin looking for more activities to do, especially outdoors, there are many fall events being held in Coosa County that are sure to appeal to many.
The Equality Performing Arts Center, or EPAC, continues to host free musical events in downtown Equality on the second and fourth Friday every month. Donations are appreciated for these events, and on nights when musical guests perform, all of the donations given go to the performer or performers.
Tonight EPAC is hosting Songwriters Night with Jessie Lynn, a Nashville recording artist. Lynn will also be hosting Ed Picket, Kent Cooper, Tim Pepping, and Mike Saunders for the event.
EPAC invites everyone of all ages to come out for an evening of family-friendly original music from 7-9 p.m. at EPAC in downtown Equality, located at 560 Alabama Highway 9.
This evening’s live music event will include free coffee and freshly popped popcorn, with soft drinks and other snacks also available for purchase. For more information on this or other monthly events at EPAC, call 334-541-4445.
Next Friday, October 29, Goodwater Parks and Recreation is hosting a “Community Fearless Hayride” starting at 7 p.m. For more information on this event, contact Sharonna Hayes at 256-743-1252.
The eve of Halloween, October 30, will include multiple events, both in Rockford and Goodwater.
That morning, Hatchet Valley Farms of Rockford will be hosting a fall trail ride, including a costume contest at lunch. Rides start from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and offer go-at-your-own-pace riding on scenic, forested, private property.
After the ride, participants are invited to enjoy a potluck lunch. Trail rides are $20 and include lunch and the costume contest for those who wish to participate.
The trail ride will start 3.5 miles northwest of Rockford, with white and red trail signs indicating the way. For more information on the October 30 trail ride, call 256-377-2656.
That evening, the Town of Rockford is hosting Trick-or-Treat on Main Street from 5-8 p.m. Area residents and guests alike are invited to dress in costumes and go trick or treating on Main Street, or U.S. Highway 231, to visit churches, residents and businesses for goodies.
To participate as a business, church or other entity on Highway 231, call Town Clerk Jennifer Tindall at 256-377-1076.
In Weogufka, October 30 will include a “rain or shine” event for everyone to enjoy. The Weogufka Center for Arts, Education and Entertainment will hold Farm Day from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the old Weogufka School campus.
The full-day event will begin with sausage biscuits and coffee for sale beginning at 7 a.m. at the old home economics building. Concessions will be sold in the lunchroom.
Additionally, a full lunch menu will be available including hamburgers, hot dogs, pinto beans, cornbread, and homemade fried apple pies. There will also be a cake auction at 1 p.m. at the amphitheater stage.
Food will not be the only highlight of the day, however, as guests are encouraged to bring their chairs to enjoy live musical entertainment. Those scheduled to perform for the event include The Renfroe Mt. Medicine Show, Bluegrass Connection, Dave and Gardner, Randall Edwards, Jana Petty, and more.
Farm Day would not be complete without wagon rides, pony rides, antique tractors, vendors, and food. This year there will also be a new free attraction for the youth, “Learn About the Farm,” which will be available from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the agriculture building.
This new addition is a hands-on experience designed to teach children more about farm life. Activities will include milking a cow, shearing sheep, digging potatoes, washing clothes, and more.
Additionally, the History Room inside the old school building will be open until 1 p.m. for guests to enjoy perusing throughout the day.
The Weogufka Neighborhood Watch will be hosting its semi-annual yard sale to coincide with Farm Day, as well. That will be held from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the back of the school, or inside the school if it is raining.
Admission for Old Farm Day will be $5 per vehicle. For vendor information and camping reservations, contact Melvin Palmer at 256-249-8885.
For general information, contact Sue Baxley at 256-249-3666 or Linda Shurette at 256-249-9682.
Following those events, the Weogufka Volunteer Fire and Rescue will host Open House on November 6 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The day will include “fun and education for the entire family,” with guests having the opportunity to meet their firefighters and first responders, receive information on the Yellow Dot program, climb aboard the firetruck, get prizes for children, and more.
The event will also include $5 hot dog plates from Josh Culver’s Hot Dog Wagon.
Keep up to date with local events and announcements by seeing the “community calendar” in each week’s edition.