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“Won’t you be my neighbor” with historical Downtown Corydon

By Alicia Tyree

 “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood. A beautiful day for a neighbor. Would you be mine? Could you be mine? Won’t you be my neighbor?”

 This is what the merchants of historic downtown Corydon are asking of you—to come down and enjoy Glasstoberfest. It began at the beginning of October on the weekends and will run for the next three weekends. Pandemic restrictions caused the organizers to change the event from a massive one weekend event to a multi-weekend event, but that just means there are more days for you to get out of the house and enjoy the fresh air! There will be two artists each weekend demonstrating their skills with one-of-a-kind pieces available for purchase. Additionally, there will be one food vendor making something different and delicious each weekend to satisfy your taste buds. Glasstoberfest is located at Zimmerman Art Glass, 300 E. Chestnut St, Corydon, Ind.

 With some sunshine, and temperatures being in the 60s, how better to enjoy the fall weather by spending time outside supporting local businesses?

 But wait, there is more!

 Get excited for the 86th Halloween Parade taking place on Oct. 24, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. also taking place in historic downtown Corydon. The community organizer for this event is Friends of the Corydon Capitol State Historic Site, Inc. There will also be a pumpkin contest hosted by the Discovery Center. Even better, the parade is free!

 You can simultaneously enjoy the 1st Harvest Stroll also taking place on Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Start your adventure by picking up a map at the Little Texas Consignment and Western Shop, located at 206 N. Elm Street so you know everywhere you should stop and visit. While visiting shops, you can gather your favorite fall treats and get special discounts with a chance to win a gift basket worth $200 or more from participating merchants. Tickets for the event are $10.00. You can shop, dine, win prizes, discounts, and so much more.

 Just down the road, at the Harrison County Fairgrounds, the Corydon Extravaganza Fall Market will be held. This is a two-day curated indoor and outdoor vintage, junk & artisan festival that celebrates all things rusty, dusty, timeless and awesome! The Corydon Extravaganza Fall Market is the place to be for rare old finds, unique antiques and one-of-a-kind repurposed goods. Be sure to come hungry and thirsty because there will be a wide array of great food vendors and wine! This event takes place Oct. 24 through Oct. 25 and admission is $5-$10, with children under 18 entering for free as well as free parking.

 To end October with a touchdown, you need to go checkout the Real Haunted Happenings of historic downtown Corydon. This heart-pounding, lantern-guided tour takes you through all the spooky and grim locations in historic downtown Corydon. You’ll hear stories at the Capitol and Governor’s Mansion of unexplained encounters that will make goosebumps cover your skin. This event takes place on Oct. 31, with tours offered at 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. It’s recommended for adults and children over 12 and costs $15 per person. The venue is at Corydon Capitol State Historic Sites located at 202 East Walnut Street Corydon. To register you may call 812-738-4890 or visit their website at

 At all of these events you will be required to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Between the numerous festivals, spooky Halloween happenings and awesome opportunities to find the perfect handmade gift, you may want to visit Corydon just more than once.

 Be Corydon’s neighbor this month by supporting their local events and merchants, enjoying what October brings, and brushing this stressful year off of your shoulders.