For some reason, it just does not quite seem like fall in Hendricks County until the Heartland Apple Festival arrives. Well, folks, pull out your jackets, dust off the fall decorations and get ready to rake some leaves because the Heartland Apple Festival debuts this weekend at Beasley’s Orchard in Danville. Two weekends and four days full of fun starts Saturday. Famously featured in Indianapolis Monthly Magazine’s “50 Things Every Hoosier Must Do!” this festival never disappoints. Beasley's Orchard A wonderful children’s area with puppet shows, a hay mountain and so much more will keep the kids entertained. The festival also has arts and crafts vendors, hayrides to the pumpkin patch, the popular corn maze, live entertainment, amazing food, award-winning apple cider and so much more. This Weekend Primer could focus solely on this event, but there is so much more going on this weekend that I will just point you to Jennifer Donovan’s insider story for more information about the Heartland Apple Festival. Another fall attraction debuts in Danville this weekend that celebrates the arrival of the ‘Crows. The annual Scarecrow Festival, a free event from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday on the Historic Courthouse Square, will kick off the month-long competition/spectacle that features everyone’s favorite stuffed creations. One of the Scarecrow Displays on the Courthouse Square in Danville. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, businesses, organizations and even individual families can enter and build a scarecrow display on the courthouse lawn. Let me tell you the creativity that is displayed every year never disappoints. While the displays remain up all month long for everyone to see, any good scarecrow display needs a proper celebration to get everyone in the mood. So, Saturday’s three-hour event will include a pie-eating contest, games and crafts for the kids, a costume contest and more. With the Prairie Maze still in full swing at McCloud Nature Park, you might as well participate in a free program while you are out there. From 2-3 p.m., a park naturalist will educate participants about the Predators of the Park. After a short discussion about such predators as the coyote, eagle, fox and hawk, participants will be led on a guided hike to check out the areas they inhabit. tess gerritsenFinally, for those of you who love books, especially you Tess Gerritsen fans, the New York Times best-selling author will speak and have a book-signing event at the Brownsburg Public Library beginning at 10:45 a.m. Saturday. Gerritsen is the best-selling author of the Rizzoli & Isles series that inspired the TNT television series of the same name starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander. I hope you are as excited as me that October is finally here. Get out there and have a fun-filled weekend!