Spend a day relaxing on the farm and experience the 7’ tall soybean maze, choice of three hayrides and a hiking trail, private weiner roast fires, a gift shop with pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin fudge and donuts and more. No admission, just pay for activities you choose; some are free. 217-275-3327 or www.pumpkinworks.com.
Typical autumn life on the 1830s prairie will be demonstrated. Costumed interpreters will demonstrate tasks such as candle dipping, butter churning, soap making, basket making, spinning wool, gardening, natural dyeing and fishing with nets. Demonstrations of meat smoking will take place in one of the log village’s smokehouses and wild game cooking will be in one of the log homes. Visitors can step down into the cellar at the tavern to see how fruits and vegetables were preserved during the winter. 217-632-4000 or www.LincolnsNewSalem.com.
Order advance weekend pass by Oct. 25 for $60. Reserved seating and $55 general admission. Send to: Bluegrass Festival, P.O. Box 456, Jacksonville, Ill. 62651 or call 217-243-3159. Features award-winning artists from across the nation. Acoustic instrument workshops, youth/adult guitar show, music-related vendors and jamming on open stage. $10 fee includes all workshops. Bluegrass talent show and open stage Sat. at 10:30 a.m. For more info, 217-243-3159 or www.bluegrassmidwest.com.
Opening Nov. 21 and running through Dec. 27, Sun.-Thurs. 5:30-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 5:30-10 p.m. Half a mile drive through the park are more than 400 individual brightly lit displays with more than 30 displays animated. The lights thrill thousands of visitors each year. Donations only and go through as many times as you like. 217-259-2361 or Bly2599@yahoo.com.