It’s officially fall in Miami County, and it’s time to figure out what to do with yourself over the next few months. But don’t worry, we make these things easy. Here’s our list of top 10 Miami County fall activities:
1. Driving Over Leaf Piles and Hoping Nobody Is Inside Them
There’s nothing more thrilling than doing something extremely irresponsible and dangerous. However, it’s a bit less dangerous if you’re not the one at risk. Nothing fits this criteria better than driving over all leaf piles on the side of the road, as if you’re a Mario Kart character trying to hit an item cube or something. There’s usually a slight chance that a human (typically, a child) is under the leaf pile, but every time there isn’t, it’s a huge win!
2. Leaf Sandwiches at Leaf and Vine
Most stop at the Leaf and Vine to drink. None go for their limited food selection. That’s all about to change, with the seasonal Leaf Sandwiches returning just in time for fall. It’s more than just bar food, it’s a locally grown farm-to-table delicacy that can only be enjoyed here in Miami County. Stop in and try it for yourself, and be sure to tell your bartenders that the Bugle Caller sent you!
3. Watching People Bob for Apples
You probably have not bobbed for apples since you were a kid because of how stupid it makes you look. It’s actually a pretty disgusting activity when you really think about it. You share face and mouth water with whoever else is dunking their noggin into the basin. Regardless, it’s pretty funny to watch other people do this. We highly recommend setting up an apple-bobbing station at your next fall party so you can point and laugh at your friends!
4. Dressing Up Like an Anti-Vaxxer
First, put on the knee-high boots, blue jeans, and that weird beige shaded sweater. Then, go to your closet of goofy hats to find one with a brim or poofy fluff thing on the top. The rest of the accessories are completely up to you, just make sure you stick to brown and off-white tones so you don’t embarrass yourself. No mask or vax is required to look this good!
5. Pumpkin Spice Tilapia Tacos from Agave and Rye
This one is a new addition to our annual fall favorites list, but is certainly one not to be overlooked. Agave and Rye starts with a fresh tilapia, then coats it in pumpkin pie filling, cinnamon, and a secret spice blend. The fish is then fried for as long as it takes for the line cook to smell what patrons close to the kitchen have called “concerning”. Definitely not for the faint of heart, but great for those who were already going to have diarrhea today anyway.
6. Apple Picking at Old Man Willikins Farm
Nothing says fall quite like the smell of dying leaves and a basket full of apples at your side. At this point, it’s a Miami County tradition to sneak onto Old Man Willikins’ farm and pick all the apples you need for your famous apple pie. Just make sure not to get caught, unless you’re looking for the thrill of a lifetime. Outrunning Willikins’ shotgun is considered a rite of passage for many Miami County natives, and one you’ll surely not want to miss!
7. Pumpkin Carving to Ward Off the Undead
White carving up a jack-o-lantern is considered a fall tradition throughout the US and the world at large, citizens of Miami County keep up with this tradition for a more specific reason. Due to the large number of spiritual healers in the area, locals must carve a truly terrifying pumpkin in order to keep spirits away from their doorsteps. After the tragedy of the Halloween of ‘96, you’d be hard-pressed to find a house without an absolutely deranged jack-o-lantern sitting on the front porch in the Miami Valley, and it’s what makes our community so special.
8. Going to High School Football Games
Meh. We were paid off by the Miami Valley League to include something about high school sports, so here you go. Contract fulfilled!
9. Smashing Pumpkins
Yes, we are talking about the band! Turn up the jukebox, because it’s time to listen to some real halloween-themed music. At least, I think that’s where their name came from. Regardless, it’ll either bring you into a seasonal depression or make you feel like a raging rat in a cage (a great Halloween costume, by the way)!
10. Dressing Up Like Steve Buscemi in The Big Lebowski
To a local this one needs no introduction. In Piqua, it’s almost damn near impossible to find a yellow bowling shirt on sale in stores by the time October 30 rolls around. While people in other communities opt to change up their costumes every year, Piqua passed a law in 1999 mandating that all new costumes must be approved by the city council, in order to stop criminals from hiding behind masks during Halloween festivities. As a result, it’s not uncommon to see upwards of 500 people in the city doing their best, “I am the walrus” on beggars’ night.
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