Harvest and Haunt Festival offers free fall fun

IRON RIVER—The Iron County Economic Chamber Alliance, in collaboration with local businesses and organizations, will host the fourth annual Harvest and Haunt Fall Festival from 3-9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Klint Safford Memorial RV Park.
    “This is an event that you will absolutely fall in love with because it’s got something for everyone – families and individuals, kids and adults,” said Chamber Director Erika Lindwall.
    Lindwall said this year includes expanded offerings for students and young children, including an obstacle course provided by Communities that Care, and a Family Fun Zone courtesy of Grace Covenant Church that will have free popcorn, cotton candy and snow cones, free kids’ games and crafts, costume photo booth, bouncy house, free prize raffles, and more.
    Another new offering this year is the Harvest and Haunt Story Walk, facilitated by West Iron District Library and Iron Endurance, that will take place along the Apple Blossom Trail at 3 p.m. During this part of the event, families can enjoy low-impact exercises and lit-
erally walk through the story of a classic spooky book.
    “And for the adults, there’s local food and craft vendors, good coffee from Contrast Coffee, a free-to-enter Corn Hole tournament provided by Up North Pub and Grill, a beer tent featuring craft and classic brews, live music, a huge bonfire courtesy of the West Iron County Fire Department and much more,” Lindwall added.
    This year’s live music features both local talent and two acts that are debuting in Iron County. Conga Se Menne is a six-piece Finnish Reggae band based in Marquette and are among the most sought-after groups in the area Lindwall said. Conga Se Menne will play at 5 p.m.
    At 7:00 p.m., the central Illinois group No Reason will take the stage playing its distinct brand of folk-rock in three-part harmonies, entertaining listeners with classic hits and new favorites.
    Chamber businesses and service organizations will be on site throughout the day as “trick-or-treat booths” offering candy and games for kids, promotional materials and products, and information about open jobs and upcoming events.
    “Celebrate fall with free fun and community togetherness,” said Lindwall, who also encouraged attendees to dress in costume, bring their pets, and enjoy the fall colors around the park.
    For more information and to see a full schedule of events, visit the Chamber website at www.iron.org/HarvestandHaunt or call 265-3822.