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Promise of fall hangs in the air

When football season kicks off, we want to think, “Hey, now it’s fall!”

Unfortunately for us fall-lovers, that’s not really the case in north Alabama. Those blazing hot 90-100 degree days aren’t scared away by the Friday night lights.

But as September marches toward October, we can start to feel it.

My living room is now home to an electric fireplace, and even though it’s been far to hot outside to need a fire for warmth, the unit can run the flames without the heat. It’s been so cozy. With the AC kicked up, I can slip into a pair of fuzzy socks, stare into the fireplace and pretend the best season of the year has finally arrived. 

It takes more than football to make it fall, but the signs are starting to pop up everywhere. Commercial are hawking pumpkin spice everything, and tourism departments are promoting the season-openings for pumpkin patches, scarecrow trails, hayrides, cornfield mazes and more. Pretty soon we’ll be able to trade in our T-shirts and flip flops for sweaters and boots – and I don’t know about you, but that make me just giddy with delight. 

The first official day of autumn was Monday. All we need is the weather to cooperate with the calendar, and we’ll be all set. 

If you’re looking for some fall fun in Franklin County, look no further than page A3 of each issue of the Franklin County Times. Our community calendar is already starting to fill up with some great events to enjoy the season. 

Maybe you’d like to dive into some history with the Russellville Bicentennial Committee’s Cemetery Tour. Maybe you’ve been waiting all year for the next Spirit of Hodges Festival or Spruce Pine Day – your wait is coming to an end. Whether you want to enjoy musical entertainment or an outdoor adventure, Franklin County has it all.

If you have an event to add to our calendar, be sure to send it along! We want to make sure and share all the great activities Franklin County has to offer the community – in fall and in every season.