Catoctin Colorfest

Throngs of visitors make their way through the Catoctin Colorfest in Thurmont. 

The colors and smells of fall are what bring Colorfest alive in the foothills of Catoctin Mountain each October.

Venture up U.S. 15 to Thurmont where the entire town celebrates the arrival of fall with this annual event. At the heart of it all is Catoctin Colorfest — a juried arts and craft show that attracts thousands from across the U.S. annually — at Community Park.

Find one of a kind jewelry, bags, flower arrangements, lawn ornaments and much more from among the nearly 300 artisans at the event on Oct. 12 and 13. Vendors are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days with shuttle service to convenient parking.

While you're there, partake in some of the locally made food.

There's nothing more akin to fall than an apple dumpling. Hand-prepared by the Thurmont Community Ambulance Service, these treats are a local favorite and sure to perfume the air with the sweet scents of fall around the craft show, sending any hungry tummy into a rumble.

Or stop by Bollingers Restaurant for some finger-licking good food at 210 North Church St., which is walking distance from the park and downtown. Whether you're in the mood for a "dirty dog," jalapeño popper burger, pit meat or something a bit milder, they've got something for every craving.

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Samantha Hogan is the state house, environment, agriculture and energy reporter for The Frederick News-Post.

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