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Rogers City set to host annual fall fest

September 19, 2012
Jordan Travis - News Staff Writer , The Alpena News

ROGERS CITY - Fall is the main theme of a festival happening in Rogers City on Saturday, and organizers say it'll be bigger than ever.

The Rogers City Fall Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Westminster Park, along S. Third Street between Woodward Avenue and Ontario Street, Debbie Stiller, festival committee member, said. The festival will include the city's farmers market, arts and crafts vendors and kid-friendly activities. It's a way to bring people outdoors and into Rogers City as activities everywhere start to wind down for the year.

"Any time you can bring people into town, that helps," she said.

Admission and kids' activities are free, Stiller said.

Fall festival is a new project for Kiwanis, as it's the first time the organization will sponsor the event after the Rogers City Area Chamber of Commerce had to drop it, Stiller said.

Fall festival has been around for about 15 years, but it's never had as many crafts vendors as it will this year, Bob McCallum, Kiwanis member, said.

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These vendors will be selling a variety of handmade goods at the festival, Stiller said. As of Wednesday, there were 37 vendors signed up, and more could call by Saturday. Local growers also will be selling their early fall harvest, and kids can choose from activities including watermelon bowling and pumpkin painting. Local Girl Scouts will be painting faces and doodling with chalk on the sidewalks.

Other local organizations, including the Optimists Club, the Daughters of Isabella and the Presque Isle County Fair will have a presence as well, Stiller said.

The Kiwanis' "Fish Shack" will be at the park selling food, McCallum said.

Ultimately, fall festival is about bringing people together for one last day of fun before the snow starts to fall, McCallum said.

"It's about getting out people in town and the surrounding areas, having a good time for kids and showing that we can, as a group of people, put this together and have a great time for everybody," he said.

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