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Fall Harvest Festival

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In the great tradition of food throwing, rotten tomatoes have gotten the most attention. The pulpy red orbs are lobbed at subpar comedians--before a hook encircles their neck and yanks them off stage--and they're thrown by the thousands at the annual La Tomatina food fight in Bunol, Spain. But second in line to tomato throwing is pumpkin stomping, the punk adolescents' preferred Halloween prank. So if you've always wanted to launch a large orange squash into motion but would prefer not to waste the potential pumpkin pie lurking inside, Idaho Botanical Garden has the perfect solution: pumpkin bowling.

At IBG's Fall Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 2, and Sunday, Oct. 3, from noon-6 p.m., you can also enjoy pumpkin painting, live music, hayrides and a hay maze. This year, IBG has expanded its annual Scarecrow Stroll and Oktoberfest to make way for the Fall Harvest Festival. Boise Co-op will man a wine garden where you can sip on local wines and fresh hot cider, and Tablerock Brew Pub and Highlands Hollow will provide a selection of fall beers.

Willowcreek Grill is whipping up the grub, which includes beer-battered bratwurst, sauerkraut, pulled pork grinders, sweet and peppercorn sweet fries, broccoli and feta salad, and sweet potato gems topped with white chocolate and caramel for dessert.

On Saturday, tunes will be provided by Boise Rock School from noon-2 p.m. and the Big Wow cover band from 2:30-5:30 p.m. On Sunday, don't miss Paul Green's School of Rock from noon-2 p.m., Hillfolk Noir from 2-4 p.m. and guitar champ Wayne White from 4-6 p.m.

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