IRON MOUNTAIN - Fall is in the air and will be celebrated in downtown Iron Mountain Saturday during the annual Harvest on Hughitt.
The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and feature horse drawn carriage rides sponsored by First National Bank & Trust Co. and Northern Michigan Bank & Trust; pony rides sponsored by Morgan Stanley; pumpkin/face painting; alpacas; Teddy bear parade; and local crafters and artists.
In addition, Saturday will also be the final Farmer's Market of the 2010 season. This week, the market will be located at the intersection of East Hughitt Street and Iron Mountain Street and feature live music by Miriam Edwards.
Kerri Hudson of Twisted Sisters Boutique sets up a Harvest on Hughitt display in her store.
Theresa Peterson/Daily News Photo
Anyone age 18 and older is invited to participate in the scarecrow scavenger hunt being held in conjunction with Harvest on Hughitt. Participating businesses have hidden a scarecrow in their business and are encouraging shoppers to locate it for a chance to win a downtown gift basket valued at $250.
"We encourage the public to visit the downtown businesses and attempt to find the scarecrow," said Jonathan Ringel, Main Street manager.
Businesses involved in the scavenger hunt include Bond Decorating, Cuisine Art, Flowers by Linnea & Kristine, Franklin Trophies, Hahner Law Offices, Jean Kay's Pasties, Julia Rose Creations Bridal, Perina's, Second Chance Consignments, The Savage Mane, Twisted Sisters, Voice Works, and Wishing Well Gifts.
Downtown merchants have hid the scarecrow in a visible location and interested participants simply need to visit the 13 participating businesses, describe where the scarecrow is hidden, and return the application to Cuisine Art before 1 p.m. on Saturday for the drawing.
The inaugural Dickinson County Bike Path Harvest Color Challenge Wheels and Walks event will begin and end on Harvest on Hughitt.
Recreational biking and walking routes will be available for the entire family offering a variety of different terrains or distances.
"The event will feature panoramic views of the fall colors and historical Iron Mountain sights for area families," organizers said. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and additional information can be found by going to www.dickinsoncountybikepath.org.
"New this year will be the Iron Mountain Main Street Oktoberfest Tent located at the intersection of East Hughitt Street and Iron Mountain Street. Entrance to the Oktoberfest tent area will cost $5. Festival attendees will be able to purchase seasonal beers and food while enjoying live music," said Jinx Brew, Main Street promotion chair.
The Oktoberfest Tent will serve as a fund-raiser for the Iron Mountain Main Street. The Main Street program is committed to enhancing and promoting the social and economic vitality of downtown.
In the Oktoberfest tent, food will be provided by the Dickinson County Bike Path Committee, Iron Mountain
Main Street, Jean Kay Pasties, and Moose Jackson Cafe. The event will feature live music from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. by the Spotlight Polka Band of Merrill, Wis. and Feed from Iron Mountain.
The Spotlight Polka Band is a group of musicians led by Scott and Pam Koehn of Merrill, Wis. The Koehns have been married for 27 years and met dancing to polka music. Scott performed and recorded with the late, great Frankie Yankovic, America's Polka King. The Spotlight Polka Band has several recordings of their own, available at their performances. The band plays for many weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, other parties and many Oktoberfests.
The Spotlight Polka Band's schedule and information on available recordings can be found on the web at www.rhapsodyrecords.com.
Local band Feed includes Kevin Richtig, Ryan Doda, and Ron Johnston. Some of the artists that they will perform music from include Journey, Led Zeppelin, John Mellencamp, Def Leppard, Train, and Bon Jovi.
"The weather looks to be perfect and we welcome the community to celebrate fall in downtown Iron Mountain," noted Debbie Gursky, owner of Cuisine Art.
For more information, please contact Iron Mountain Main Street at 774-8530 or the website at www.ironmountaindowntown.com.
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