Sept. 18, 2006

Delano Chamber's first Harvest Festival set

The Delano Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring and organizing the first ever Harvest Festival to coincide with Delano Homecoming.

The weekend of Sept. 29 and 30, the town of Delano will be buzzing with excitement and activity.

Other than the football game, which is always an event in-and-of itself, there will also be a parade Friday afternoon.

The parade will be an opportunity to showcase all the programs that the Delano school system has to offer students. The students will be asked to put together floats to demonstrate the particular group or activity they are involved in.

The business community is invited to participate by sponsoring one of the floats. The parade watchers will then be invited to vote on their favorite float. The winning school organization will be awarded a cash prize Saturday afternoon.

On the morning of Saturday, Sept. 30, the public will be invited to participate in a town-wide medallion hunt beginning at 10 a.m. The hunt will take them to various local businesses to find clues which will eventually lead them to the medallion hidden somewhere within the Delano city limits.

There will be a prize awarded to the lucky “hunter.”

Saturday afternoon at the Lions Park Gazebo, participants will experience what the great chefs of Delano have to offer during the first ever Delano Chili Cook-Off.

After the judging, bowls of chili will be sold for $1, and the proceeds will go to the school organization winning the parade vote.

Participants should meet at the Delano Park Gazebo at 3 p.m. for set-up; judging begins at 4 p.m.

If you are interested in sponsoring a float for the students, contact Dr. Bruce Locklear at the high school office and he will connect you with a group still in need of a sponsor.

For rules or registration concerning the chili cook-off, information on the medallion hunt, or the parade, contact Becky Halvorson at Bliss Total Spa and Tanning at (763) 972-3440 or e-mail at blissspainc@yahoo.com.

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