here are many telltale signs that fall has arrived in Sheridan — the crispness in the air, football on the gridiron, flannel shirts, pumpkin spice lattes (pumpkin spice anything!) and of course, the fiery hues of yellow and orange painting the cottonwood and oak all throughout the county.
The pomp and circumstance of summer in the wild west is behind us, but there’s still plenty going on around town for visitors and locals alike to experience.
THE RACE IS ON
Get your fill of crisp fall air by participating in one of the many races throughout the month of October.
Wear your pink and support a great cause by participating in the Link – Partners in Pink Run/Walk (Oct. 21) or don your Halloween costume for the Morning Mayhem Halloween 6K race and 1-mile kids run (Oct. 28).
Embrace the flavors of fall with special seasonal offerings at local restaurants and coffee shops. Andi’s Coffee House whips up an excellent Pumpkin Pie Latte while Black Tooth has crafted an outstanding Oktoberfest that you must try. Look for seasonal specials at Frackelton’s and your favorite autumn inspired baked goodies at Java Moon.
Tis the season to hunt for bucks — dollars that is. During the month of October, visit any participating downtown store for a chance to win Chamber Bucks as part of the DSA “Hunting for Bucks” shopping campaign. A grand prize will also be awarded.
MUSIC TO YOUR EARS
Music and melodies fill the fall calendar. A local favorite, Tris Munsick, will be playing at the Gallery on Main (Oct. 26) and PubliQuartet will be at the Whitney Center (Oct. 28) lending a fresh perspective to the classic music scene. Also performing at the Whitney Center are the Whitney Center Jazz Orchestra (Nov. 17) and the Sheridan College Wind Ensemble (Nov. 9). The WYO Gala 2017 will feature the feel-good musical comedy of “Sister Act.” (Oct. 21).
If your favorite color is October, you’ll love peeping for leaves around Sheridan County. For all the oranges, reds and yellows, enjoy a walk or bike ride along the tree-lined Sheridan pathways or take a short drive and hike the Tongue River Canyon or the Red Grade Trail System.
Finally, we’d like to mention a few annual traditions that have already come and gone over the last month — events and attractions that have contributed to Sheridan’s reputation as a great place to visit during the fall.
IT’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN
Follow in the footsteps of Linus and Lucy to scout out the best pumpkin in the patch. Each year, Koltiska’s Pumpkin Patch offers free hayrides, refreshments and pumpkins galore for the picking. The pumpkin patch is located at 120 Cat Creek Road and typically open to the public Wednesday through Friday from 3-6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.
FULL MOON FORT
Visitors enjoyed a historical and ghostly evening tour of Fort Phil Kearny. Guided lantern and daylight tours provided guests with a dynamic tour including grisly details of fort life and real characters at Fort Phil Kearny during the time of Red Cloud’s War against the Bozeman Trail Forts. Don’t miss it next year!
Megan Ahrens is the head of media for Sheridan Travel & Tourism.