Salamonie Lake to host Fall Festival this weekend

Salamonie Lake is hosting Salamonie Fall Fest on Oct. 16 and 17, within the framework of the State’s guidance for event planning, including social distancing, mask requirements, hand-washing and sanitizing of program materials this year.

Events include a variety of activities open to the public, such as:

• Kettle corn fund-raiser for UWIS Friends group, from 8 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16.

• Live bird of prey program, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17.

• Pumpkin decorationg at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17.

• Arts in the Parks “Soundscapes” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17.

This year, however, because of COVID-19, if trick-or-treating occurs at park properties, it will be only for campers and other overnight guests. Entrance to Salamonie Lost Bridge West Recreation Area is restricted on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

“We know that families from local communities enjoy visiting to trick-or-treat and get a look at all the decorated campsites,” said Ginger Murphy, deputy director for Indiana State Parks, “but in the interest of safety for everyone, this is one of those traditions we are putting on hold for a year.”

All celebrations will incorporate safety guidelines developed in conjunction with the state’s COVID-19 Executive Orders and Back on Track Plan.

Check the DNR calendar for great outdoor programs for everyone at calendar.dnr.IN.gov.

Check for campsite availability at camp.IN. gov, or call 866-622-6746.