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Harvest and Haunt Fall Festival: Seeking chili cooks and runners

IRON RIVER—The Iron County Chamber of Commerce will host its inaugural Harvest and Haunt Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 2-9 p.m.
    “The campground is filing up nicely,” said Joe Voellinger, chamber executive director, “and there are still a few sites available. What we really need are a few more chili cook-off entries and some more participants for the chili run and fun walk.”
     The Oldenburg Group 5K Chili Run and 2-mile Fun Walk is set for 3 p.m. with late registration set for 2:15-2:45 p.m. The races begin on the Apple Blossom Trail. Costumes are encouraged. Fees are $20 for the competitive run (5K only), $25 if paid after Sept. 12; and $10 for the two-mile walk (only).
    Proceeds will benefit the Heart & Soles of 906 project. Water will be available on each course with water and chili available at the finish.
    The Chili Cook-Off Contest begins at 3 p.m.
    “We only have five or six committed to the cook-off so far,” said Voellinger, “there’s not much competition yet to win the $100 first prize, $75 second prize and $50 third prize.”
    “The real prize is the bragging rights. The winner’s recipe will be the featured recipe in next year’s free chili feed.”
    Free chili will be available at the festival along with much more, including live music, hayrides, cider and donuts, kids’ games, crafts, popcorn and cotton candy.
    The Harvest and Haunt Fall Festival is designed to provide a low- to no-cost day of fall fun for families and all ages.
    During the day, there will also be food vendors, a beer tent, a corn hole tournament, a “spooktacular” bonfire and more.
    The People and Pets Costume Parade and Contest will get under way at 4:30, followed by trick-or-treating in the haunted campground from 5-7 p.m.
     Chamber businesses will be on site throughout the day to harvest some new customers, offering promotional materials, information and upcoming events.
    “Celebrate fall with free fun and help support a great cause, ‘Heart & Soles of 906’ providing new shoes to children in need in our area,” said Voellinger.
    For more information, visit the chamber’s website at or call 906-265-3822.
    Registration forms for the Chili Run and Chili Cook-Off are available at the chamber office, 50 E. Genesee St., and the Oldenburg Group, 1520 W. Adams/U.S. 2 in Iron River.