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Fall events in Nebraska, Indiana and Michigan offer a little something for everyone in the midst of colorful foliage.

Visitors wander through the exhibit field at Husker Harvest Days.

Even after 30 years, Husker Harvest Days continues to draw crowds eager to visit a premier working farm show.

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The fall ushers in great foliage colors and festivals with something for everyone.

Husker Harvest Days, September 9-11 in Grand Island, Nebraska, is one of the country’s premier working farm shows. The myriad exhibitions and demonstrations are geared to Nebraska and Western Corn Belt agriculture.

Each year, visitors are able to see the latest in technology, seeds and chemicals, as well as field demonstrations and livestock handling. There are also equine events, rural life programs, health screening services, and arts and crafts galore.

The show’s hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, September 9 and Wednesday, September 10, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 11. Admission is $7 for adults, and $5 for ages 13-17. For more information, visit the Web site at www.HuskerHarvestDays.com .

The 44th annual Canaan Fall Festival, September 12-14, celebrates the U.S. Pony Express Mail Run in Canaan, Indiana.

On September 13, the Canaan Post Office will send its mail via horseback relay to the post office in Madison, Indiana, a distance of 13 miles. The Annual Pony Express Mail Run is the highlight of the fall festival. Sponsored by the Canaan Restoration Council, the run is the longest-running such event in the United States.

To have your mail postmarked with the hand-stamped special pictorial cancellation and included in the mail run, send stamped, addressed cards and letters (placed in larger envelopes) to PONY EXPRESS MAIL RUN STATION, 8988 N MAIN STREET, CANAAN IN 47224-9998. Customers requesting return of cards and letters under cover should send a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Past events have drawn 30,000 to the historic village in northeast Jefferson County.

Eager bass fishermen who gather in Michigan’s Grand Traverse region each year hope to hook the big one, and visit with the country’s top professional bassmasters while they’re at it.

In early October, “Fish With the Pros” draws a small number of amateurs willing to plunk down $1,250 each to spend two days fishing legendary waters with 2008 Bassmaster Classic winner Alton Jones, 2005 Forrest Wood Cup winner George Cochran, Scott Suggs, Mike Iaconelli, Jay Yelas, Mark Davis, Zell Rowland and Kevin VanDam.

“This has grown from a small fundraising idea to a real sought-after event,” says coordinator Ann Hettig. “What’s not to like? Fishing on a professional bass boat with a pro and all of his gear, great food, great prizes, fish stories and some friendly competition.”

For more information about the event, visit the Web site at www.FishWithThePros.com .