Each week, the Lake Sun looks at things to do, try, hear and see at Lake of the Ozarks. Have a suggestion? E-mail us at awilson@westsidestar.net

1. Apple Pie Auction

Head to the Apple Festival Oct. 7 for the apple pie auction. In conjunction with the apple pie contest, apple pies go up for sale on the courthouse steps at noon Saturday. Let’s face it. There are no losers here. 

2. Oktoberfest in the Ozarks

If anyone knows a thing or two about German food, surely it’s Lutherans. Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Camdenton, hosts Oktoberfest in the Ozarks from 4-7 p.m. Oct. 7. A German dinner will be served and the evening will include live polka music, door prizes and more.

3. Osage Beach Fall Festival

On Oct. 14, another autumn festival will feature a pie-related contest, but this one is more about quantity. Sign up for the pie-eating contest at the 17th annual Osage Beach Fall Festival where you’ll also find crafts, entertainment, kids' activities and entertainer "Babaloo" and performances by the band "Firecracker." For more information, go to www.osagebeach.org. 

4. CADV Brunch

Try out some of the best restaurant dishes in the Lake area at this annual brunch, and it’s for a great cause. The Citizens Against Domestic Violence 16th annual brunch will be held at the Lodge of Four Seasons Campana Hall in Lake Ozark from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The program includes victim testimonials and information about how CADV helps victims. About 25 Lake area restaurants will be on hand passing out food. Individual tickets are available for $20. For questions call 573-346-9630.

5. Wing Fest

Wing Fest Lake of the Ozarks will be held at the Lodge of Four Seasons starting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19. The event’s name pretty well describes it — all the wings you can eat, plus two drink tickets for $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Tickets are available at all Central Bank locations. Proceeds benefit Lake area charities. For more information, go to WingFest Lake of the Ozarks on Facebook.

6. Fall Festival and Apple Butter Days

The Camden County Museum’s annual Fall Festival and Apple Butter Days will be held at the Linn Creek museum from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 20 and 21. This event includes homemade apple butter and apple pies for sale, and a chili supper! Event admission is free. You’ll also find craft boots, old-time demonstrations and a quilt raffle.

7. Fall Harvest Country Picnic

A Fall Harvest Country Picnic will be held at the Camdenton Middle School from 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 28. Cost is $2 or free for children under 5. The event benefits the Share the Harvest Food Pantry. Music, food, games, vendor booths and a Halloween costume contest will be held.

8. Stay home and make this soup

Gingered Pumpkin Soup

2 tablespoons butter, unsalted

½ sweet yellow onion, sliced thin

1½-2-pound fresh pumpkin, seeds and skin removed, diced

2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced

½ pound Yukon potatoes, peeled and diced

4 cups vegetable stock or water

¼ cup orange juice

½ cup cream sherry

1 cup fat-free half-and-half

4 ounces Gruyere cheese, grated, optional

Heat the butter over medium heat in a large, heavy pot. Add the onions and cook until soft and translucent (about 10 minutes). Add the pumpkin, ginger and potatoes. Cook for another 3 minutes.

Add the stock or water, orange juice and sherry.

Bring mixture to a simmer and cook until pumpkin is soft and easily pierced with a fork (about 1 hour).

Transfer mixture to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Transfer back to the pot and stir in the heavy cream. Season with salt and pepper.

Sprinkle Gruyere (if using) over individual portions and serve with a hearty bread.

Makes 4 large servings.

-Recipe courtesy Jennie Geisler 

9. Eat persimmons

Nothing says autumn in the Ozarks like the fruit of a persimmon tree. Persimmons grow wild throughout the region. Check out your back yard, back forty, or find a friend with some land, but wait until after the frost to bite into this local fall treat with natural fall spice flavor — otherwise the persimmon pucker may be too much for you!

Then you can also take the seed and slice them in half vertically for a traditional winter forecast. Folk legend has it that the inside of the persimmon seed predicts how bad weather will be for the season. You’ll see a fork for an easy winter, knife for cold that cuts and a spoon for all the snow you’ll have to shovel.