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This is Heartland Happenings, your guide to local events throughout the community:

The Palms of Sebring Apple Fall Festival will be held September 29th, 30th and October 1st starting at 8 AM. Celebrating 20 years and featuring Chef Mac's famous apple dumplings and more bakery, country decor and seasonal item. The Palms of Sebring is located at 725 South Pine Street. For more information call 385-0161.

The Humane Society presents Terror Trail "Phobia, Face Your Fear" September 30th and every Friday and Saturday night throughout October. Don't miss the scariest event in Highlands County and help the Humane Society. For ticket or more information call the Humane Society at 655-1522.

Reality ranch presents Guy Penrod live.  It's the "Pray about Everything" tour at the Hardee County Cattleman's Arena in Wauchula,  Saturday, October 1st.  Doors open at 6:00pm. Concert begins at 7:00.  Admission is free and donations will be accepted.

The Audubon Eagle Watch will hold a Training Session for volunteers to monitor eagle's nests for the 2016-2017 Eagle Breeding Season. The training session will be held at the Bert J. Harris Ag Center on Saturday, October 1st at 10 AM. To register visit www.eaglewatchflorida.org/register

The Sebring Partnership presents Oktoberfest from 10 AM to 10 PM and Firematics from 10 AM to 4 PM in Downtown Sebring on Saturday, October 1st. Come and enjoy live music, beer, food, vendors, kids zone, Firefighter competition, demonstrations and much more. For more information find The Sebring Partnership on Facebook.

Barktoberfest will be held on Saturday, October 1st at Stuart Park in Lake Placid from 10 AM to 3 PM with free activities and fun for the whole family including your pets. Adoption and proceeds will benefit local rescues and shelter. The family fun includes music, pet costume contest, pet blessings, food, clowns, raffles, prizes and much more. For more information call441-0351 or find Barktoberfest on Facebook.

The Highlands County Boy Scouts will hold a recruiting event on Saturday, October 1st from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Highlands County YMCA in Sebring. Come see what Scouting is all about while enjoying refreshments and activities. For more information call Aaron at 863-632-1934.

Gus Navarro brings his 30 years of dog training experience as Canine Connection kicks off it's first group session.  Sunday, October 2nd beginning at 8:00am at Highlands Hammock State Park.  Cost is $50.00 per dog (cash only please) and includes park admission.  All breeds are welcome and there is no limit to the number of participants.  To signup call Ashley Snively at (863) 441-5958.

St. Agnes Episcopal Church will honor those who serve at their 2nd annual First Responders Appreciation Day on Sunday, October 2nd at 10:30 AM. Lunch will be provided in the parish hall following the services. The church is located at 3840 Lakeview Drive in Sebring. For more information call 385-7649.

The Salon by In Style inside JCPenney is teaming up with New Journey Church's Mobil Food Pantry to collect non-perishable food for local families in need on Saturday, October 8th from 10 AM to 4 PM. The more you donate the more you can save on salon products and services. Look for the New Journey Mobile Food Pantry in the JCPenney parking lot.

The 1st Lake Placid Sr. FFA Chili Cook-Off and Ag Equipment Expo will be held on Saturday, October 8th from 4 to 7 PM ant the Lake Placid High School Track Complex. For more information email prescotk@highlands.k12.fl.us

Nasgrass Inc presents the 1st race of the season on Saturday, October 8th at the Avon Park MowerPlex. The Avon Park MowerPlex is located at far West end of the Avon Park Airport off Herrick Road. For more information find the Avon Park MowerPlex on Facebook.

The Highlands Family YMCA presents Spooktackular with family tricks and treats on Friday, October 14th and Saturday, October 15th from 6 to 9 PM. Come and enjoy cake walk, candy, haunted house, bounce house and much more. For more information call the YMCA at 382-9622.

Lakeshore Mall's "Pumpkin Patch" pumpkin decorating contest kicks off on Saturday, October 15th from 11 AM to 1 PM with free pumpkins to take home and decorate to be entered in the contest held on Saturday, October 22nd from 11 AM to 1 PM with prizes, crafts, games and much more.

Highlands Hammock State Park presents the 4th Annual Haunted Hammock Friday, October 14th and Saturday, October 15th from 5:30 to 10 PM. Admission is $5.00 with kids under 5 free. Terror Tram Rides will be available for an additional $5.00. Come and enjoy full loop of terror, food vendors, gift shop, games, entertainment, costume contest, music and dancing and Friendly Forest, no scare kid's zone and much more. For more information call 386-6094 or email andrea.nelson@dep.state.fl.us

The 4th Round 2016 Craft Beer and Food Festival will be held on Saturday, October 15th from 6 to 9 PM on the Circle in Sebring. Come and sample food and craft beers while you enjoy entertainment by JJ McCoy. Proceeds benefit the Children's Museum of the Highlands.

The 8th Annual Mason G. Smoak 5K and Family Fun Festival will be held on Saturday, October 22nd at Devane Circle in Lake Placid. This family fun day includes the 5K at 8 AM, family walk at 9 AM and festival from 9 AM to 12 PM. The festival will include food, games, competitions and much more. To register or for more information visit www.masongsmoakfoundation.org

The Friends of Highlands Hammock State Park presents Music in the Park featuring The Back Porch Revival Band on Saturday, October 22nd from 7 to 9 PM. For more information call 385-6094 or find The Friends of Highlands Hammock on Facebook.

The Ridge Area Arc's Haunted Halloween 5K/10K Run-Walk will be held on Saturday, October 29th at 8:30 AM at Highlands Hammock State Park. In addition to the run prizes will be given for best costume and most money raised. Proceeds will benefit programs provided by Ridge Area Arc. For more information email dsnyder@ridgeareaarc.org

The Tommy Todd Memorial/NU-HOPE Clay Shoot will be held on Saturday, October 29th at Quail Creek Plantation in Okeechobee with a shotgun start at 10 AM. The entry fee is $125.00 per shooter and includes lunch. Proceeds will benefit NU-HOPE Elder Care Services. For more information call Laurie at 863-382-2134.

Downtown Lake Placid will host a Free Community Trick or Treat on Monday, October 31st from 6 to 8 PM. Wear a costume and bring a goodie bag and a flashlight to enjoy this safe and fun event on the streets of Interlake Boulevard and Main Avenue.

The Ridge Area Arc's Sebring Derby will be held on Saturday, November 3rd from 6:30 to 9:30 PM at the Island View Restaurant. Come and enjoy a night of Horse Races, Derby Hat Contest, auction, beer, hors d' oeuvres and much more. For tickets or more information call 452-1295 ext. 106.

The Lake Placid High School 6th Annual Dragon Tail 5K will be held on Saturday, November 5th at 8 AM at the Lake Placid High School Track Complex. Proceeds will benefit the Green Dragon Cross- Country Teams. For sponsorship information or to find out more call Coach Dolan at 863-699-5010 or email dolans@highlands.k.12.us

Positive Medical and New Concepts by Visions invite you to Kick Up Your Spurs with Dinner and Dancing on Saturday, November 5th from 6 to 10 PM at the the Sebring International Raceway Hall of Fame. Tickets are $35.00 and include entertainment by Lee Allcorn Band, BBQ, beer and wine, raffle, silent auction and much more. Please RSVP by October 28th by calling 402-0048.

The Lake Placid Garden Club of Highlands County will be holding their 6th Annual Holiday Home and Garden Tour on Saturday, December 3rd in Lake Placid from 1 to 4 PM. Tour several beautifully decorated homes and gardens. Please bring an ornament for the GIVING TREE to be donated to a family in need. The Holiday Cafe will be open with cookies, drinks and poinsettias at the Placid Lake Town Hall. For tickets or more information call Sandy 863-699-1575.

Patriot Productions, LLC and the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 2259 presents The Inaugural Sebring Seafood and Music Festival to be held at Sebring International Raceway on Saturday, February 25th from 11 AM to 10
Pm and Sunday February 26th from 11 AM to 5 PM. The festival will include bands with tons of entertainment, food, beer, vendors, kids zone and much more. For more information visit www.SebringFest.com

Amvets Post 21, at 623 US Highway 27 South, will host Bingo every Tuesday with 12:30 Early Birds and regular games at 1 PM. For more information call 385-0234.

The Toucan Band will be appearing weekly on Wednesdays from 6 to 9 PM at the Highlands Social Center at 3400 Sebring Parkway. Come and dance and enjoy free coffee, raffle drawing and much more. BYOB.

Highlands County's Military Spouse Support Group meets every Thursday at 6 PM at 1st Place Insurance at 3214 US Highway 27 South in Sebring. For information call Annette at 314-6000.

Sebring's Downtown Sidewalk Garage Sale will be held every Saturday starting at 8 AM. For information or to have a space call Linda's Books at 382-2649 or visit www.DowntownSebring.org

The Sebring Saturday Night Cruise will be held the second Saturday of each month on the Circle in Sebring. See classic cars, enjoy entertainment, food and much more. For more information, visit www.SebringCruise.com

That's Heartland Happenings. If your group or organization has an event coming up, please let us know. Email your information to sclark@sebringradio.com, fax your information to 863-382-1982, or you can mail your information to Heartland Happenings, c/o Highlands Radio Group, 3750 US Highway 27N, Suite 1, Sebring, FL 33870. Keep it here on your favorite Highlands Radio Station.