Fall Festival

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2014 Fall Festival – Schedule of Events & How You Can Get Involved

Wednesday, October 22nd
Scarecrow Judging 3:00pm 
Scarecrow Contest Entry Form

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Friday, October 24th

5:00pm-7:00pm – Chili  Cook-Off @ City Hall Parking Lot Under the Big Tent

The “how to”:
Please first come to the “entrance” table and get your tasting spoon (try not to drop it :)) and TWO tickets to vote with (one for catering category and one for restaurant).  At this point you may also give towards the Fall Festival at the donation bucket, appreciated but not mandatory – this is a Free community event!  Then go to each participant and taste their chili (there are cups with chili already prepared).  Remember your favorite for voting!!!  When you’re done, go to the “exit” table and vote for your favorite.  Chairs and tables are provided to eat at and don’t forget to sop up the chili with some bread and wash it down with water, graciously donated by Bernie’s Place and Ice Mountain, respectively.  Plus volunteers for Ferris State University’s Hospitality Management Program will be on-site to assist you!

2010 Winner: Kelly’s Catering
2011 Winners: Kelly’s Catering & Szot’s Bar & Grill
2012 Winners:  Kelly’s Catering & Szot’s Bar & Grill
2013 Winners: Ferris State University Catering & Szot’s Bar & Grill

2014 Participants to Include:

Pere Marquette Catering
Ferris State University Catering
Schuberg’s Bar & Grill
szot’s Bar & Grill
Blue Cow Cafe
Cranker’s Restaurant & Brewery
Gypsy Nickel
Congratulations to 2013 Winners Ferris State University Catering and Szot’s Bar & Grill!


Saturday, October 25th

– Children & Pet Costume Parade (line-up at movie theater by 10:20am)  Featuring the Ferris State University Pep Band

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After Parade until 1:00pm:

Ferris State University Volunteers Kid’s Games & Activities @ City Hall Parking Lot
Trunk or Treat @ City Hall Parking Lot
Inflatable Streetfair & Climbing Wall along Michigan Avenue
Salvation Army Hot Chocolate
Bob Evans Cookies & Coffee
Downtown Business Association Donuts & Apple Cider – Provided by Bernie’s Place & Meijer
Giant Pumpkin Carving

11:30am – Celebrity Pumpkin Roll along Michigan Avenue

Kids and families can enjoy the Trunk or Treat, kids games, inflatables, pumpkin carving, donuts & cider, cookies & hot chocolate at their leisure until 1:00pm.  All of these events start after the parade because we want as many people as possible to participate in the parade 🙂  The Celebrity Pumpkin Roll will begin at 11:30am, at which point Michigan Avenue (north of Chemical Bank) needs to be clear of pedestrian traffic (or risk being hit by a pumpkin!)  The Pumpkin Roll will last approximately a half hour.  All events are free and open to the public!

Congratulations to 2013 “Celebrity” Pumpkin Roll Winners Megan Hiler (Ferris State University Softball) and Scott Roman (Sunny 97.3)!

Event Sponsors

Pumpkin Partners

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Harvest Helpers
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Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital

Fall Friends


Rogers Jewelers
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Old Pioneer Store
Big Rapids Dental Health Care
Czinder Eye Care
Big Rapids Free Methodist Church
Big Rapids Roller Rink

General Support
Mecosta-Osceola Great Start Collaborative
Miedema’s Bookkeeping & Tax Service