Door County fall fests are back: Cherries, cars, pumpkins, ping-pong

DOOR COUNTY – Welcome back, fall festivals.

While some think Door County essentially shuts down after Labor Day like some other northern tourist hot spots, that’s not the case. Instead, the Peninsula continues providing fun and entertainment for residents and visitors with an annual series of weekend festivals presented by local community and business associations into mid-October.

Except for last year, when the COVID-19 pandemic and recommendations against large crowds of people saw all of these community festivals canceled. Well, all but one-half of one of them.

But they’re back on the schedule this year, and the groups that sponsor the festivals are glad they’re back.

“It’s part of our history,” said Alyssa Rasmusson, marketing and events manager of the Egg Harbor Business Association, which sponsors the very popular Pumpkin Patch weekend festival Oct. 9 and 10. “It’s our main event from the community that people look forward to every year. I think everyone’s just looking forward to getting back to a little bit of normalcy.”