Autumn in the Midwest brings trips to pumpkin patches and baking fall desserts. Take a look at the popular spots for fall festivities along with some students’ fall favorites. 

By Olivia Smith, ’20

Although Columbus’ fall weather can be unpredictable, there are destinations in Columbus
to get into the spirit of the cozy season. A very familiar place for locals to visit in the fall is Lynd Fruit Farm. Many students took class field trips in elementary school to pick apples, causing a sentimental feeling towards the farm. Lynd Fruit Farm is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends from September to October. There is an apple picking schedule located on Lynd’s website, showing the dates to pick different types of apples. Twenty- one percent of UAHS students have been apple picking this year according to a voluntary Arlingtonian survey regarding fall activities. 

Picking and carving pumpkins comes as a tradition to many. Senior Ben Mollica carved pumpkins with a group of friends along with enjoying other fall festivities. 

Mollica also rode his motorcycle around the neighborhood with his brother while enjoying the cool weather. Mollica’s favorite part of fall is “the perfect temperature, weather and [the fact that the] leaves change,” he said. Forty-seven percent of students reported that fall was their favorite season, the second most popular season being summer with 23 percent of votes. Students shared activities that they have done this fall with baking a dessert being the most popular. Other fall festivities students participated in are decorating for Halloween and visiting farmers and flea markets. The 2019 Columbus Fall Flea market took place on Oct. 6 at Seventh Son Brewing. Stands showcased local artists, musicians and more from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Many enjoyed viewing ceramics, vintage clothing, jewelry and leather goods. 

Leeds Farm is a popular spot to pick pumpkins and enjoy around 40 other barnyard activities. From hayrides to pedal carts to pig races, Leeds has just about everything. Located on Marysville Road in Ostrander, Ohio, Leeds is the perfect place to spend a sunny fall day. Similar to Lynd Fruit Farm, Leeds is also only open for two months: Sept. 21 to Oct. 27. The hours for Leeds are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. 

Students also shared their favorite fall clothing items. Eighty-six percent of voters said that sweatshirts are one of their go-to items during the fall. The second most popular item was jeans, and sweaters followed.