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National Farmer's Day October 12


National Farmer’s Day on October 12th offers much-deserved praise to the hard-working farmers across the nation.  In the midst of harvest-season, the day pays tribute to the men, women, and family who put food in the grocery stores and on our tables every day. 

National Farmer’s Day was previously known as Old Farmer’s Day.

From very early in American culture, farmers set an example with their endless hard work. Not only do they provide a nation with the food we eat, but they also contribute to our economy in numerous ways. Before seeds even find their way into the ground, farmers supply a stream of jobs. From manufacturing, marketing, and tourism, farmers keep small and large communities going strong. Additional products and areas that rely on agriculture include:

  • leather
  • apparel
  • restaurants
  • beverages
  • textiles
  • trucking
  • railroad
  • forestry
  • pharmaceuticals
  • transportation

Some cities and towns across the United States celebrate their own versions of Farmer’s Day. Dates are scattered throughout the year with celebrations and festivals. Many of them are held in September and October.

October does seem fitting for celebrating this National Day as it is near the end of the harvest.  Many farmers will be able to take a rest from their hard labor to join in the celebration of this holiday.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalFarmersDay

Thank a farmer for the hard work they do to supply us with food.  Use #NationalFarmersDay to post on social media.


Records of National Farmer’s Day events exist dating back to the 1800s.  However, we have not determined the exact origins of the day.



National Savings Day sets aside October 12th to recognize those who value the act of saving and to provide simple steps to show getting started isn’t as difficult as it may seem.

Many of us already save every day. We’ve been doing it for a long time. We collect sentimental items because they mean something to us and they evoke emotion. These objects come in all forms. For some, it might be a baseball glove that reminds you of playing catch with your dad. Another person may save an engagement ring passed down through generation. Others save boxes full of t-shirts representing years of concerts.

We save lots of things for extended periods of time, and they accumulate quite well.

Transferring this concept to a portion of our paycheck every month isn’t that far of a stretch. Consider the savings account your junk drawer or the sock basket. Only when a savings account is overflowing, you won’t be so annoyed.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalSavingsDay

Open a savings account if you don’t already have one. Save a portion of your paycheck each week. Set it up with your account to be automatically deposited. You’ll never miss it. Before you know it, you’ll have a portion saved up. Setting goals helps, too. Share your tips for saving money. Visit with a savings professional for more ways to save.

Use #NationalSavingsDay to be a part of the conversation on social media.


Capital One founded National Savings Day to empower people to feel more confident about their relationship with money by educating them on how saving money can be a simple, straightforward experience that fits more naturally into their lives and existing behaviors.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed National Savings Day to be observed annually beginning in 2017.



Annually on October 12th, National Freethought Day encourages people to be free thinkers and base their opinions on facts, science, logic, and reason.

The day promotes logic and evidence-based decision making. Additionally, the observance offers an opportunity for freethinkers to have a sense of community. It also provides a way to open a dialogue and share their opinions.

HOW TO OBSERVE #FreethoughtDay

Think rationally and use #FreethoughtDay to post on social media.


Several groups since at least 1997 have promoted Freethought Day. Organizations such as the Freethought SocietyAmerican Humanist Association, and Secular Coalition For America are just a few.

The organizers selected the date of October 12th due to a series of events dating back to the Salem Witch Trials in 1692. Throughout the trials, questionable evidence and accusers’ claims of witnessing devils and specters caused the case to halted. Eventually, the hysteria surrounding the case and a letter written by the Massachusetts Governor William Phips on October 12th declared “spectral evidence” inadmissible in court. Up until that point, at least 20 accused had already been executed. The governor’s letter saved hundreds of lives. 

At some point, the trials did resume and “spectral evidence” was allowed but largely discounted and those convicted were swiftly pardoned by Phips.



National Motorcycle Ride Day on the second Saturday in October encourages all motorcyclists in the USA and the world to get out and on their motorcycles for a united day of riding.

The month of October is significant. Not only is it toward the end of the riding season for a lot of motorcyclists in the USA, but it is also the month that John B. Dunlop developed the first practical pneumatic tire in 1887. Without this development in tire technology, motorcycles would not perform as they do or be as enjoyable as they are today. That being said, the day also honors John B. Dunlop and his invention of the first practical pneumatic tire.

Use the day to escape on your motorcycle.  Have some fun, relieve some stress, and really enjoy the thrills. Freedom is what riding a motorcycle offers.

This is a day for riders of all motorcycle disciplines. No matter what type of motorcycle you own or what type of rider you are, enjoy the camaraderie that comes along with owning a motorcycle. If you own a motorcycle, you will understand.

National Motorcycle Ride Day is not only designed to celebrate and promote motorcycle riding but also encourages motorcyclists to support the motorcycle industry. While enjoying some of the last beautiful days of riding, stop by your local motorcycle dealer, too. By supporting your local dealer and other businesses while enjoying your ride, you will help spur growth in your local economy.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMotorcycleRideDay

Go for a ride with a friend and enjoy the fall weather. While you are out on your ride or at your local dealer take a picture. Give a shout out to your favorite businesses and post on social media using #NationalMotorcycleRideDay and @nationalmotorcyclerideday


Chad Geer of Dunlop Tire N.A. founded National Motorcycle Ride Day 2015.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar® declared the day to be celebrated annually on the second Saturday in October, annually.

MEDIA CONTACT: info@nationalmotorcyclerideday



On October 12th, the menu spotlights National Gumbo Day for food holidays. This heavily seasoned, stew-like dish fills us up on chilly fall days.

Originating in southern Louisiana during the 18th century, Gumbo is a dish that typically consists of a strongly flavored stock, meat or shellfish, a thickener and seasoned vegetables.  The seasoned vegetables may include celery, bell peppers and onions which are a trio known in Cajun cuisine as the “holy trinity. The dish is commonly served over rice. Gumbo is usually categorized by one of the following types of thickener used:

  • The African vegetable okra
  • The Choctaw spice filé powder (dried and ground sassafras leaves)
  • Roux (the French base made of flour and fat)

Gumbo arose from a West African word for okra, which many believe is how the name and the ingredient also intertwined.  Gumbo is thought to have been first documented in 1802 and was listed in various cookbooks in the latter 19th century.  It gained widespread popularity in the 1970s when the United States Senate cafeteria added Gumbo to the menu in honor of Louisiana Senator Allen Ellender. Gumbo is the official cuisine of the state of Louisiana.  Since 1989, New Iberia, Louisiana has held The World Championship Gumbo Cook-Off.  

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalGumboDay

Enjoy these Gumbo recipes:

Chicken and Okra Gumbo
Seafood Okra Gumbo

Use #NationalGumboDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar continues researching this hearty food holiday.

NATIONAL COSTUME SWAP DAY – Second Saturday in October


On the second Saturday in October, National Costume Swap Day encourages the pirates, princesses, dragons, and wizards to trade costumes!

No matter whether your costumes are store-bought, homemade, or patched together, stretch your costume collections. Friends, neighbors, offices, and playgroups gather to swap costumes just in time for Halloween. But the day isn’t designed just for trick-or-treaters. Theater groups prepping for the fall drama season also benefit from swapping costumes.

Not only is a costume swap a great way to save money, but it’s also an excellent opportunity to explore ideas for children of all ages. Dress up provides children a chance to use their imagination. Playing a role and pretending explores personality and the imaginary worlds they’ve only read about or seen on TV. When colorful costumes that fit their dreams suddenly appear before them, children’s eyes light up. And parents pocketbooks feel relieved.

When it comes to a budding theater troupe, costuming can be an arduous task. Depending on the requirements of the play, dressing the cast can almost be as difficult as dressing the stage. Area theater groups support one another in numerous ways. Costuming is just another way they help out.

Also, both approaches to costume swapping help the environment. Not only is it recycling at its best by reusing costumes, but it also keeps costumes out of the landfills.

HOW TO OBSERVE#NationalCostumeSwapDay

Swap an old Halloween costume for a different one. Organize a costume swap in your neighborhood, with your daycare or extended family. Be sure to use #NationalCostumeSwapDay to post on social media.


In 2010, GreenHalloween.org created Costume Swap Day to promote an economical and environmentally friendly way to dress for Halloween. 

I LOVE YARN DAY – Second Saturday in October


I Love Yarn Day is observed annually on the second Saturday in October.

Yarn lovers and crafters around the world rejoice! I Love Yarn Day embraces the opportunity to share your craft with someone new. Teach someone to knit, crochet, weave or enjoy any yarn craft. Explore the variety of yarns, their vibrant colors, their soft textures, and warm tones. Expose your stash to the daylight and break out the scissors. Needles optional!

Yarn Bombing is creatively covering objects with knitted or crocheted material in an artistic manner.

Crochet uses a hooked needle to loop strands of threads together to make garments or artwork.

Knitting creates multiple loops of yarn together using two needles. The loops or stitches develop fabrics for sweaters, blankets and other materials.

Weaving creates textiles by interlacing threads at right angles.

String art creates an image by stringing yarn or string between pins placed on a surface. The concepts can be geometric, abstract or representational.

Doll making uses yarn to create soft dolls and animals by wrapping yarn and shaping fiber, using pom poms made from yarn and trimming it to form features.

Needlepoint uses yarn by placing colored knots and crosses in fabric or canvas to create an image or pattern.


Teach someone about the love of yarn crafts. Share your story on social media using #ILoveYarnDay.


The Craft Yarn Council founded I Love Yard day in 2011 spreading the love of yarn crafts for generations to come. The Craft Yarn Council is a nonprofit comprised of leading yarn companies, manufacturers, publishers, and consultants in the yarn industry.  “A survey conducted by the council affirms the numerous health benefits of yarn crafts like knitting and crocheting,” Jenny Bessonette, Executive Director of the Craft Yarn Council said. “We invite all of our followers to participate by posting and talking about how yarn has affected their lives.”



On October 12, The Green Mountain State is recognized on National Vermont Day. It is the 14th state to join the United States. The state derives its name from French words vert for green and mont for mountain.

Populated primarily by Abenaki tribes before French and English settlers arrived, Vermont is a densely forested mountain state. Claimed by the French explorer Samuel de Champlain in 1609 for France, Vermont’s first European settlement was established in 1666 at Fort Ste. Anne. The first English settlement was built in 1724.

It should come as no surprise that Vermont produces more maple syrup than any other state. While Pennsylvania has more covered bridges than any other state, Vermont has more per square mile.

Movie makers love Vermont for its beautiful backdrops. Whether it’s for eerie thrillers (What Lies Beneath), a good drama (The Cider House Rules) or a comedy (Me, Myself and Irene), we can’t resist the stunning views. Such stunning landscapes lured the Von Trapp family of Sound of Music story to settle in Stowe, Vermont because of the similarities to their Alpine home.

Along with these majestic views come excellent skiing, hiking and the most beautiful bursts of autumn color.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalVermontDay

Join National Day Calendar as we recognize Vermont’s magnificent nature and history. Uncover hidden treasures and find all Vermont has to offer! Use #NationalVermontDay to share on social media.

In 2017, National Day Calendar began celebrating each state in the order they entered the union starting the week of Independence Day and ending with Hawaii. We highlight a small part of each states’ history, foods and the people who make up the state. There’s so much more to explore!

NATIONAL CHESS DAY - Second Saturday of October


The second Saturday in October recognizes National Chess Day. The game challenges players mentally while also breaking down barriers through the centuries.   

Chess developed in India during the fifth century. As the strategic game spread across continents, the pieces and rules evolved. It also shifted between classes. Once, only the upper class could afford to linger over a long, challenging game. However, the merchant class would later introduce the game to the rest of the population as they traveled around the world trading their wares.

In the game of chess, two opponents go head to head with 16 playing pieces each. These pieces include eight pawns, two rooks, two knights, two bishops, one queen and one king in each color. Their objective is to capture the opponent’s king through a series of strategic moves.

The day celebrates the long history of chess and recognizes the role chess plays in connecting people across societies. The game has broken many barriers – class, language, and cultural – simply by two people sitting down to play one of the most mentally challenging games in the world.

Chess Facts
  • It’s a mental game. However, the game can end as quickly as two moves.
  • The longest possible chess game in terms of the number of moves is 5,949.
  • Checkmate derives from the Persian phrase Shah Mat. The phrase means “the King is dead.”
  • In 1989, a chess match between Ivan Nikolic and Goran Arsovic in Belgrade ended in a draw. It was recorded as the longest official check game and lasted 269 moves.
  • The playing board used today with the alternating light and dark squares first appeared in Europe in 1090.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalChessDay

Play a game of chess. Find a tournament near you and join it.  Create an event to teach others to play chess.  Use #NationalChessDay to post on social media.


President Ford declared National Chess Day on October 9th, 1976 as part of the nation’s bicentennial celebration. More information can be found on this day due to the work of David Heiser.  You can find his investigative work here.

For both professionals and amateurs, chess is a game that sharpens the mind, tests human faculties and encourages healthy competition. It has captivated the attention of players and specators world-wide and will continue to do so as long as competition and excellence challenge mankind. ~ President Gerald Ford ~ October 1976

Our founding fathers played chess, including George Washington, Ben Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson. Franklin was exceptionally skilled and wrote one of the earliest books on chess.

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Recipe of the Day


DIPPING SAUCE (6 varieties)

Sweet Sriracha Dipping 

  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Add all ingredients into a medium size bowl. Mix well. Chill or serve room temperature. Add all ingredients into a medium size bowl. Mix well. Chill or serve room temperature. Transfer to ramekin bowl(s) before serving. Refrigerate unused dipping sauce.

Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

  • 1/4 cup whole grain mustard
  • 1/4 cup honey

Add all ingredients into a medium size bowl. Mix well. Chill or serve room temperature. Add all ingredients into a medium size bowl. Mix well. Chill or serve room temperature. Transfer to ramekin bowl(s) before serving. Refrigerate unused dipping sauce.

Spicy Tomato Ranch Dipping Sauce

  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/2 tablespoon sriracha

Add all ingredients into a medium size bowl. Mix well. Chill or serve room temperature. Add all ingredients into a medium size bowl. Mix well. Chill or serve room temperature. Transfer to ramekin bowl(s) before serving. Refrigerate unused dipping sauce.

BBQ Dipping Sauce

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

Add all ingredients into a medium size bowl. Mix well. Chill or serve room temperature. Add all ingredients into a medium size bowl. Mix well. Chill or serve room temperature. Transfer to ramekin bowl(s) before serving. Refrigerate unused dipping sauce.

Cheesy Dip

  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 teaspoons flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 – 1/2 oz shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

In a medium saucepan, whisk together 1/4 quarter cup milk and flour over medium heat. Stir in remaining milk and salt. Bring to a boil and stir frequently. Reducing heat to low, simmer for 2 minutes, allowing rue to thicken. Stir constantly. Remove from heat and add cheese and pepper. Stir until cheese is smooth and creamy. Best if served warm. Refrigerate unused dipping sauce.

Avocado Dipping Sauce

  • 2 large avocados, halved and pitted
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed fresh cilantro
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 1 small jalapeño, chopped.
      • NOTE: For a spicier dip, include seeds and pith in recipe. For a milder dip, remove seeds and pith in recipe.
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

Scoop the avocado meat into a food processor or blender. Add remaining ingredients. Process until sauce is creamy, scraping sides as needed. Place in a serving dish and enjoy. Refrigerate unused dipping sauce.

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