FINDLEY LAKE - Area residents will celebrate autumn, and prepare for the coming winter ski season, during the annual Fall Fest celebration at Peek'n Peak.
Peek'n Peak is set to host its 26th annual Fall Fest over the course of two weekends, beginning Saturday and Sunday and continuing on Oct. 19-20. The festival will feature entertaining opportunities for area residents of all ages, such as a car show, a Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show, live acoustic music, a DJ Jungle Terry's Wildlife Adventures, craft show, farmers' market, petting zoo, magic show, juggling, pumpkin cannon, rail jam, ski lift rides and more. A full schedule of events is available at www.pknpk.com.
According to Tiffany Cook, marketing manager for Peek'n Peak, in the past the annual event has drawn more than 18,000 attendees in one day. Cook said she has been attending the festival since she was a child, and there isn't a more beautiful area to view the fall leaves.
Peek’n Peak is set to host its 26th annual Fall Fest over the course of two weekends, beginning Saturday and Sunday and continuing on Oct. 19-20.
"It's one of the biggest events in our area, and I think that people view it as a kick-off to winter," Cook said. "It's gone through a lot of transitions over the years, but it always seems to draw the same crowd."
One of the more popular events that draws a large number of attendees is the car show, which is set for Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. But, even more popular, is the opportunity to purchase a season pass for a reduced price, Cook said. Every year, Peek'n Peak hosts an exclusive Fall Fest sale on season passes that will be located at the Sugar Shack.
"It's such a big discount that it pulls in a lot of people to Fall Fest specifically to get their season pass," Cook said. "We only do the sale during the four days of Fall Fest, and you have to physically be here."
Although this year's Fall Fest will not feature the level of live music that it did last year, area residents can expect to see at least one live regional acoustic act per day from noon-3 p.m. on the Lodge Deck. And, a live DJ will perform throughout the rest of the festival.
"Last year we went really big and had bands and a stage - but we noticed people aren't here for that," Cook said. "Here it's more like background music, and in previous years we did acoustic music, which people seemed to enjoy a lot more."
During the second weekend, Oct. 19-20, the featured entertainment includes the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show. The event will feature log rolling, chopping, sawing, axe throwing, wood carving, chainsaws, tree climbing and more by world champion lumberjacks. There will be three shows a day, which is six shows total between the two days. For more information, visit www.lumberjackent.com.
"We're excited because last year we had champion wood carvers, and people seemed interested in it - so we're kicking it up a notch," Cook said.
Also new this year is the Peek'n Peak Mountain Challenge, which is a race set for Saturday, Oct. 19, at 11 a.m. The race begins at the base of a ski slope and participants are challenged to race to the top for a chance to win a full season pass, which is a $695 value. The top male and female participants will be awarded the pass, but all participants receive a T-shirt. Online pre-registration is $20, and is $25 during the day of. Lift rides will be made available for free to spectators during the race.
Admission and parking for the Fall Fest is free. Peek'n Peak is located at 1405 Olde Road in Findley Lake. For more information, call 355-4141, visit www.pknpk.com or search for "Peek'n Peak" on Facebook.