A famous philosopher once said, “Notice that autumn is more the season of the soul than of nature.” This is certainly true in Statesboro. While temperatures can still reach into the 80s or even 90s in October and November, the early morning mugginess begins to fade, and our spirits begin to lift. Days start to get shorter, sunsets are more vibrant, and it feels as though there’s just a bit of magic in the air.
Whether you were born and bred in the Boro or are just fortunate enough to find yourself living here now, you know that no two things scream fall like football and the fair. Cheering on the Georgia Southern Eagles or your favorite high school team on a crisp evening complete with scarves, boots, and a blanket make the hazy days of summer a distant memory. Win or lose, gathering with friends and family is the best part of it all.
The Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair pops up practically in the middle of football season but attending at least one night during that sacred week in October is a must. The price of admission to the fair is worth it even if you aren’t a thrill seeker who revels in the rides. Touring Heritage Village, enjoying live music, and livestock shows might be for the tamer at heart but there’s one thing everyone can agree on and that’s having dinner at the Kiwanis Pancake House! It’s not unusual to see folks “dine-in” and then leave the fairgrounds with multiple boxes of pancakes and sausage to snack on later at home.
Although Visit Statesboro is a regional visitor information center, our staff loves assisting locals and we’re always asked about upcoming events and exciting things to do. In addition to football and the fair, we hope you’ll add a little more fun to your fall to-do list this year.
• Pick up Pickleball – Did you know the fastest growing sport in the U.S. has an active community here in Statesboro? Pickleball games are played on multiple days at Mill Creek’s tennis complex and beginners are always welcome! Check out the Statesboro Pickleball group on Facebook for more info.
• Take in a show – The Performing Arts Center at Georgia Southern University and the Averitt Center for the Arts both have spectacular seasons this year! Forever Motown, “The Sound of Music,” and the Nutcracker Ballet are in the lineup this fall.
• Go Green – Join Sustain Southern for GreenFest on October 9 on the courthouse lawn from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This will mark the eighth year of this community sustainability celebration that offers activities for the entire family.
• Conquer a 5K – With temperatures more tolerable, register now for a 5K fun run or walk. You’ll have plenty of time to get road ready for All Paws for a Cause, the True Blue 5K or Turkey Trot… Just to name a few!
• Eat, Drink, & Be Scary – October 23’s Scare on the Square is a favorite downtown event complete with costume contests, hayrides, and a haunted house… If you dare! Trick or Treat with your little boys and ghouls at the Bulloch County Agricultural Complex.
• Shop for Thanksgiving Goodies – The last Farmers Market of the year is traditionally held on the Tuesday evening before Thanksgiving. Too busy to bake? Pick up pies, cakes, casseroles and start checking off gifts on your Christmas list at Shopping by Lantern Light.
Want to add to your agenda? Go to visitstatesboro.org and click on our community calendar. It’s packed with lots of events you won’t want to miss this fall!