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Fall festivals provide opportunities

September and October have an abundance of festivals, and it’s a great time to bring a bit of décor into your home. And, with the winter months looming, now is the time to venture outside in a little cooler weather to make a difference for yourself and others.

Many cities, such as Lawrence, KS have an arts and crafts fall festival held the first Sunday in September. Here is where you can pick up anything from printed scarfs to lawn ornaments to pottery to holiday decorations. While you are doing so, think about picking up some extra little gifts to give now or later to someone who doesn’t have the opportunity or means to attend such shopping events.

People who struggle to survive concentrate their efforts on the basics most of us take for granted such as food, medicine, and paying utilities. Think how fun it might be for them to have something whimsical to place in their yard or hang on their door.

Another big event is the decades-old Maple Leaf Festival in Baldwin, KS (always the 3rd weekend in October) which attracts thousands of people. There, you can find most anything, and it’s a wonderful time to pick up specialty ornaments, hand-made towels, etc. It’s a win-win situation because you are helping the entrepreneurs who sell their crafts as well as brighten someone’s day with what you give them. Visit http://www.mapleleaffestival.com/# for more information.

The Louisburg Cider Mill in Louisburg, KS hosts an apple festival, but is also open to purchase cider, apples, and cider donuts. It’s a no-brainer to see how any of these products would be a welcome gift to friends, family, or anyone in need. Visit http://www.louisburgcidermill.com/?page_id=1703 for more information. (Also, check out the video for fun facts about apples along with recipes to try).

No matter where you go or what you do, there is always an opportunity to do something nice for someone else. All of the aforementioned festivals and locations have food vendors so consider buying lunch or a cup of cider for the next person in line. Making a difference is easy when you make doing good things a part of your regular routine!