The New Canaan Nature Center's 41st annual Fall Fair featuring seasonal activities and entertainment for families takes place Saturday, Oct. 16, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Tickets are $1 each for activities, which range from one to eight tickets.

Traditional activities and entertainment include apple sling shots, tree climbing, pony rides, hay maze, nature-based crafts, face painting, tattoos, games and prizes, pumpkin and cupcake decorating, rock climbing wall and obstacle course, rides on New Canaan's antique fire engine, handmade scarecrows made by National Charity League's Canaan Parish chapter sold to benefit the New Canaan Nature Center, live music and a Halloween play.

The event will also feature the nature center's third annual apple-pie- eating contest. There will be categories for ages 5 to 8, 9 to 15 and 16 and older. There is a $5 entry fee for kids and $15 for adults.

Throughout the day a selection of food and refreshments will be available including cider doughnuts from Plasko's Farm, fresh soups and breads, hot dogs, pizza, hot and cold beverages and a selection of home-baked goods.

In honor of the New Canaan Nature Center's 50th anniversary, a special commemorative landmark ornament has been created and will be for sale at the fall fair. A limited quantity is available.

For the first time this year, the Fall Fair will include a local artisan's market featuring demonstrations and unique, handcrafted items for sale by a rug hooker, weaver, potter, knitter, jewelry maker and an encaustic artist.

Sponsors include FactSet Research Systems and supporting sponsors FJB Associates, New Canaan Healthfare, O'Neil's Tree Service, Outdoor Sports Center, Rucci, Burnahm, Carta & Carello, LLP and Venture Portraits.

The New Canaan Nature Center is a not-for-profit organization that is an environmental education center and sanctuary dedicated to helping people of all ages better understand, appreciate and care for the world of nature. The annual FallFair helps raise funds to maintain and offer this community treasure admission-free to residents of New Canaan and the surrounding area throughout the year.

For more information visit www.NewCanaanNature.org or call 203-966-9577 ext. 21.