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5 Industries Banking on Your Columbus Day Weekend

Agriculture

In the northern parts of the Lower 48 states, October and Columbus Day in particular mean a great deal to family farms and u-pick farms that rely on a cozy little niche of agritourism to get them through.

Call those u-pick orchards and pumpkin patches and sideshows such as hayrides, corn mazes, cider (cold and hot) and cider doughnuts trite if you'd like, but for some farms it's more than 80% of their revenue for the year.

To anyone who's waited until mid-October to pick bagfuls of Macouns, Romes, Cameos, Liberties or Fujis or to brave farm stands full of families to get their hands on a fresh fritter, there's no question where all that Columbus Day income is coming from or going.

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