Progress hit a virtual standstill last week as I was wiped out by a nasty little virus. It’s hard to work when you don’t even have the energy to get up to get a glass of water. But that’s just one of the many setbacks that I expect to have on this journey and I’ll persevere.
This weekend, I finished up the list of fall and harvest festivals that I was working on last week. There’s nearly 300 fall festivals across the United States on the list. I can’t make any claims that it is comprehensive, but I’m happy to be able to hit publish and fill in the gaps in the research later.
That leaves two tasks next on the to do list. Finish up the list of festivals organized by state. And plunge back into the corn maze directory. About 20% of the nation’s corn crop has been planted so far. And I’d like to have the corn maze directory out by the beginning of May.
There’s only 151 days until the start of Oktoberfest. I’ve got to get to work! Last week’s storm is over and it is time to look for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. 😉
When I posted the information about Oktoberfest, I had only researched the most popular German festivals in the United States. For the past couple of days, I’ve been working to expand the list to include the other celebrations of Oktoberfest in America. And I finished the list up last night.
From Maine to Hawaii, you’ll find festivals in September and October to celebrate your German heritage. Or simply enjoy a good German beer with some bratwurst. And if you are really looking for a party, try California or Ohio. So if you can’t fly to Munich, I’ve just posted the next best way to celebrate.
It’s perfectly OK if the answer is no. You still have six months to get in the mood to party during October. But when the end of September rolls around, you had better have that frown turned upside down!
If you said YES – then you should reserve space on your calendar for one of the fall festivals that I have been researching recently! I expect that the October festivals that I added today will be some of the more popular ones with Funtober readers. I added my lists of beer, wine and music festivals for you to check out. You’ll just have to check them out yourself under the festivals section.
How did you get down here? You were supposed to go see the fall festivals that I didn’t highlight. Not intrigued enough to check out the others yet? Well you are missing out on the opportunity to book a trip to a fun film festival, lift off land in a hot air balloon, or consume gourmet food at a packed street festival. Don’t be lame – see what other fall festivals you might be missing.
Happy Easter! Another major holiday passes in the countdown until the best holiday of the year. There are 206 days left until Halloween.
I took a few minutes this morning from my Easter celebration to add a new logo to my Facebook page and twitter account. I expect that I’ll spend the money to have a graphic designer create a more professional logo before September rolls around. But until that time, this free logo that I created at Logo Snap will work just fine. What do you think? Is it appropriately amusing and cheesy enough for Funtober? Could you do better?
This morning, I’ve updated the policies and governing legal documents for Funtober. You should take a few minutes out of your day and check them out. They govern your use of this website. So they are kind of a big deal. I know that most people don’t read them unless they have to hire an attorney for a legal dispute. But you are bound by them even if you don’t read them. Because I wouldn’t be able to provide Funtober to you free of charge without some protections in place. And this legal nonsense is my protection against the people in the world who would take what is essentially free information and sue a guy for them. Don’t be that person.
You may have noticed some of the most recent changes here at Funtober. On Wednesday, I added the Funtober facebook page and twitter account to the sidebar. Be sure to LIKE and FOLLOW us! I’ll be haphazardly tweeting and posting updates about the website for the next few months until September rolls around. At that point, the volume of updates should pick up as I switch to announcing awesome upcoming events that you shouldn’t miss.
In other news, I’ve just added 20 different types of food festivals to the list of things to do in October. These October festivals are a great way to try fabulous food and enjoy a beautiful fall weekend. Round up your friends to check them out! I’ll be adding more fall festivals to the section in the next few months. As well as publishing a list of festivals by state to help you pick and choose from the festivals closest to your location. So stay tuned!
Update – April 10 – I’ve now published more festivals!
One of the events that I am looking forward to this October is my visit to a local farm to get lost in their corn maze. The Funtober corn maze directory was the first section of Funtober that I worked on, but there are a lot of corn mazes in the United States and I had to move on to other areas before I was overwhelmed. Don’t worry, though. Now that the ground is warming up, and leaves are beginning to return to the trees here in Philadelphia, I’ll turn my attention back to corn mazes soon.
Most of us may think of April 1 as a day for practical jokes. But for American farmers, it is the traditional start of corn planting season. While this year’s warm weather has allowed for farmers to begin to plant their corn crop earlier than usual, the majority of corn is going to be planted in the next few weeks. And U.S. farmers are expected to plant more corn this year than has been planted in 75 years.
With thoughts of corn going in the ground, my attention has turned back to corn mazes for the moment. And you can rest assured that I’ll have the directory and other corn maze content up soon.