Autumn in the air: Chili, pumpkins and haunted hay rides

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Margaret Plevak | September 19, 2013

It's officially autumn this weekend, so do something to celebrate the changing season. Check out the haunted barn and haunted hay ride in Walworth, sample the goods at the chili cook-off in Palmyra, or learn more about how hibernating animals prepare for the winter in Eagle.  

Sixth annual PFOC Movers and Shakers Charity Event, Sept. 20, to support the Alzheimer Association Walk to End Alzheimer's. Dinner from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., the band “Under Cover,” plays at 7 p.m., silent auction and raffles all evening. Held at Hemingway's, Lake Geneva. Tickets: Call Jenny Osborne, (262) 348-4902

Haunted barn and haunted hay ride, Sept. 20-21, from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., Pearce's Farm Stand, W5740 N. Walworth Road, Walworth. (262)?374-0325,

Big Bird Camping Group weekend of camping, Sept. 20-22, at the Walworth County Fairgrounds, 411 E. Court St., Elkhorn. (262) 723-3228

An Evening of Jazz with John Moulder, Sept. 21, Light Recital Hall, Greenhill Center of the Arts, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, 7:30 p.m.  Reception at 6:30 p.m. Greenhill Center Atrium.

Musical tribute to Civilian Conservation Corps, Sept. 21, 1 p.m. with Bill Jamerson performing stories, songs. Burlington Memorial Library, 166 E. Jefferson St., Burlington. (262) 763-7623,

Second annual Hispanic Heritage Festival, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Phoenix Park and Band Shell, Delavan. Festival will feature public presentations, ethnic foods, music, entertainment, a talent contest, and activities for kids. Free event.

Chili Cook-off, Sept. 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., sponsored by the Friends of the Powers Memorial Library, held at the Lions Pavilion on Spring Lake, Wisconsin Highway 59, Palmyra.

Milwaukee Day, Sept. 21, East Troy Electric Railroad, 2002 Church St., East Troy. Celebrate Milwaukee's rich rail car history. (262) 642-3263,

Hibernating Animals program, Sept. 21, from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, Eagle. Get ready for the oncoming winter with Waldo the woodchuck, Maize the corn snake, and Jewel the ornate box turtle. Learn what animals do to get ready for their long winter's nap. Presented by The Wildlife in Need Center. Meet at the Ottawa Lake amphitheater.

Universe in the Park, Sept. 21, at dusk, at Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, Eagle. Join astronomers from UW-Madison to explore the night sky. They will have a short slide show with pictures from space, then set up a big telescope to view the night sky up close.

Open Mic night, Sept. 21, and every third Saturday, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lakes, 319 N. Broad St., Elkhorn. Come and sing or play a tune or just listen. Refreshments served. (262)?723-7440,

Fall Harvest Festival, Sept. 21-22, with live music at 11 a.m., corn maze, jumping bales, hayrides to pumpkin patch, free corn on the cob on Sunday, Pearce's Farm Stand, W5740 N. Walworth Road (corner of F and 67), Walworth. (262)?275-3783,

S.M.I.L.E.S. student horse show, Sept. 21, at 9 a.m., N2666 County Highway K, Darien, (262)?882-3470,

Rousing with the Roosters Breakfast, Sept. 21, from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Old World Wisconsin outdoor historical museum, W372 S9727 Wisconsin Highway 67, Eagle. Try out the 19th-century lifestyle by doing some of the same chores farmers of the past did. (262) 594-6301,

Fall Harvest Festival, Sept. 21-22, with live music at 11 a.m., plus free corn on the cob on Sunday, corn maze, jumping bales, hayrides to the pumpkin patch. Pearce's Farm Stand, W5740 N. Walworth Road, Walworth. (262)?374-0325,

Autumn Harvest Fest, Sept. 21-22,  from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Take a trip to the orchard or pick pumpkins from the patch, Elegant Farmer, 1545 Main St., Mukwonago. (262)?363-6770,

Fire Bells Fund Raiser, Sept. 22, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Hogs & Kisses, 149 Broad St., Lake Geneva. (262) 248-7447,

Discover Whitewater Marathon, Sept. 22, with half Marathon, 5K and Fit Kid Shuffle. This USTAF certified, purse race will include a corralled start for the half- marathon, a wheelchair division and post race events at both the Aquatic center and downtown.  A pre-race spaghetti dinner and health expo will be offered the day before at UW-Whitewater campus.

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