October 27th and 28th 2017
Downtown Big Rapids
Thank you to everyone who made the 2016 Fall Festival a success!
What a wonderful Fall Festival we had downtown this past weekend! Rudy Grahek was presented with a painted portrait of Dynamite the clown painted by former FSU President Vic Spathelf by Vic's son Rick Spathelf prior to the parade. Dynamite the Clown has been in every Ferris Homecoming since 1958. Dynamite is 83 years young!
Szots Bar won the Chili Cook off. Copper Top, Spectrum, Altercare, Schubergs Bar, Crankers, Bob Evans, Blue Cow, Raven [Last years Champion], and FSU Catering all served up some great chili. 5:00 pm start. It only took 1 ½ hours for the large crowd to finish the 50 plus gallons. Bernie from Bernie’s provided bread for event. Ice Mountain provided the Water. Cook off was sponsored by the Schuberg Insurance Agency. The areas oldest name in insurance.
Chris Vallette from the Salvation Army presented trophies for the Pumpkin Roll off.
Mens winner was Andy Bronkima, FSU mens basketball coach
Womens winner was Margo Brown. FSU women’s Basketball player.
Thank you to Gordon Mallett our pumpkin carver and to all of the FSU students who hosted the kids games and to the countless people who provided trunk or treats to the overflowing goblins, ghosts, witches, fairies and a host of hundreds of characters.
It was a special treat to have the FSU Pep band dress in retro Ferris marching band uniforms and lead the parade. What a treat for the kids and parents to be part of a parade with a band!
The Downtown Business Association would like to thank all of the organizations, churches and individuals who provided the candy for the trunk or treat and put a smile on the face of hundreds of children! First Baptist Church, B.R. Assembly of God, First United Methodist,Lost & Found Church, Mec-Osc American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Bubby's Tree Service, Lerner, Csernai, Fath Financial, Ferris Racquet Facility, Garlick Dental, Bob Evans, Advanced America, Jaycee's, Eagles, Ferris Nurse's Association, Elk's and the State Police!
Rock climbing, bounce a rounds and beautiful weather! Thank you for coming and enjoying our beautiful downtown.See you again next year!
Thank you one and all!