One of the most popular seasons in Hendricks County, Indiana, and my personal favorite has arrived.

What is there not to love about fall? We have the changing leaves, the cooler temperatures and of course some fantastic family-friendly festivals and events.

So, without further ado, here's our lineup of great festivals and events that give you every reason to visit Hendricks County this fall.

Quaker Day Festival

Help the town of Plainfield, Indiana, celebrate its heritage on Sept. 22 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during this annual festival at the Plainfield Friends Church along U.S. 40.

Craft and community vendors literally fill the grounds of the church. The event also includes children's activities and food. The annual parade begins at 10 a.m., and a car show goes from noon to 4 p.m.

For more information, click here.Montrose Alpaca Farms

National Alpaca Farm Day Open House

Did you know that we have alpacas in Hendricks County? Every year the Montrose Farms Alpaca Ranch, located in Brownsburg, hosts this event to educate the public about these beautiful animals. This year's event is planned for Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event features tours of the farm, fun activities, up-close interactions with the friendly alpacas and more. Admission is $3 a person.

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Avon Community Heritage Festival

The Town of Avon joins in the festival fun on Sept. 29 with its annual Avon Community Heritage Festival. Taking place at Washington Township Park, this festival features a parade, a talent show, live entertainment, a kids' zone, food, beer garden, exhibits and fireworks!

For more information, click here.All things Fall and Fun at Hogan Farms in Brownsburg

Hogan Farms Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze

This little farm has become quite the fall experience in Hendricks County. Hogan Farms features a hayride, pumpkin patch, corn maze and petting zoo.

Hogan Farms kicks off their fall season Sept. 29-30. Then in October the farm is open Tuesdays-Sundays through the end of October. Be sure to make Hogan Farms a stop on your fall tour.

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Beasley's Heartland Apple Festival

One of the biggest and most popular fall festivals in Hendricks County, the Heartland Apple Festival at Beasley's Orchard in Danville will take place this year on the weekends of Oct. 6-7 and 13-14

This can't-miss fall tradition includes hayrides to the pumpkin patch, bounce houses, barnyard bonaza children's area, face painting, a corn maze, food, entertainment, arts and crafts, wine tasting and much, much more.

Oh, and they have some apples there, too, including a u-pick section, apple cannons and make sure you try their award-winning apple cider.

For more information, click here.

Scarecrows on the Courthouse SquareScarecrow Display

Every year, scarecrows line the lawn on all four sides of the Hendricks County Courthouse in Danville during the month of October.

Families will truly enjoy checking out each and every scarecrow as the creativity by local organizations and individuals is truly amazing.

The display will remain on the Courthouse lawn from Oct. 6-28.

Nehemiah Ranch Fall Harvest Days

Bring the entire family out to this 34-acre, secluded ranch for hayrides, a bonfire, hot dogs, s'mores, live music and pumpkins for kids ages 12 and under out of the pumpkin patch right there on the property.

Fall Harvest Days is free, but they do encourage donations of $5 a person or $25 a carload as they depend on donations to stay open. This ongoing event will be held three consecutive Saturdays on Oct. 6, 13 and 20.

Hendricks County Hoppy Halloween

If you love craft beer, wine or any other spirits, costumes, and celebrations, you'll want to mark Oct. 20 on your calendar. The Hendricks County Hoppy Halloween Festival returns this year at a new location, Chateau Thomas Winery in Plainfield.

About 25 Indiana breweries, wineries and distilleries will offer unlimited samples of their brews. Other activities include live music, food trucks, games, raffles, prizes and a costume contest.Climbing trees at the Fall Colors Festival at McCloud Nature Park

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McCloud Fall Colors Festival/Run

The foliage in Hendricks County explodes with color in the fall, and one of the best places in the state of Indiana to view fall foliage is at McCloud Nature Park, just south of North Salem.

On Oct. 20, make a point of visiting the McCloud Fall Colors Festival and try your hand at archery, throwing an atlatl (an ancient hunting weapon), climb a tree, tackle the grasshopper-themed McCloud Prairie Maze, go on a hayride for a nominal fee, try an apple cider press, hike the trails and savor all kinds of tasty goodies.

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In addition to the festival, the McCloud Nature Park Fall Colors Run also returns that same morning offering a 5K and one-mile family fun run through the beautiful fall foliage. For more information about the run, click here.

Doctoberfest

Who North America's biggest event of the year returns from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 27 to their retail store and museum in Camby. Doctoberfest combines everything fans love about the British television show, Doctor Who. Activities include a costume competition, pumpkin-carving competition and games where participants can win tokens to redeem for prizes.

Dog Daze at the MazeVisitors can also shop in the massive retail store, the only one of its kind in North America, or visit multiple vendors who will be on hand for the event.

Beasley's Dog Daze at the Maze

Dog lovers will enjoy the annual Dog Daze at the Maze at Beasley's Orchard in Danville on Oct. 27-28. Dog owners are encouraged to bring their canine companions to explore the corn maze, compete in a costume contest, take a hayride, adopt a pet and much more. Kids can enjoy face painting, inflatables and the Barnyard Bonanza.