Baker Chamber gears up for Fall Festival

Saturday, September 22, will find the Baker downtown area bustling with activity.
By Lisa Kilsdonk

Posted Sept. 14, 2012

Saturday, September 22, will find the Baker downtown area bustling with activity. The fourth annual Fall Festival, sponsored by the Baker Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture in conjunction with the FMC PR Committee, will be in full swing from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

“There will be lots of vendors and lots of crafts, and there’s still time to join,” said Karol Zachmann, chairman of the FMC PR Committee.

Building on one of the area’s unique strengths, Thee Garage will host the Art & Quilt Show in its Showroom. “People can have a piece of pie and look at the art and quilts. You can’t beat that,” quipped Zachmann. “It’s a really fun, family atmosphere. We get to block off the street in front of Thee Garage and fill it up with all sorts of fun things.”

Food and fun will be available for all ages and appetites. Free horse-drawn wagon rides will be offered from 1-4 p.m.

A pie-baking contest, sponsored by the Council on Aging and Reynolds, will run from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. with judging taking place at 2 p.m. Interested contestants should contact Mona Madler or Karol Zachmann at 406-778-2020 for details.

Pippi the Clown will be back in town doing face painting for the kids.

Cotton candy and kettle corn will be available for purchase. For those desiring a slightly healthier approach to eating, don’t miss the Farmers’ Market that will be set up on First Street by Thee Garage. There will also be a watermelon eating contest.

The Baker CowBelles will be hosting a chili cook-off with judging taking place at 4 p.m. Contact a local CowBelle member or Mona Madler or Karol Zachmann at 406-778-2020 for details.

The EpiCenter Youth and Community Center will be selling fresh made pizza by the slice or the pie, nachos and hot chocolate. The Center will also be hosting a Scentsy display by Robin Miller, a Pampered Chef display, and for the first time in Baker, Paparazzi $5 Jewelry & accessories by consultant Kyla Sieler. The EpiCenter parking lot will be hosting a vendor specializing in all things NFL. From jerseys and t-shirts to diaper bags, stickers, and mugs. Check for your favorite NFL team’s gear.

Several downtown businesses will be offering in-store Fall Festival specials, so be sure to drop by local shops to see what’s new for fall.

One of the many new additions to this year’s festival will be mini-demonstrations. “We’re not sure exactly what will be featured yet, but we were thinking about things like soap making,” Zachmann stated.

The Chamber is hoping to spark a mini-car show by inviting Prairie Rose Classics to bring some of their show pieces outdoors as well as inviting local residents to bring their favorite set of wheels out to be admired and enjoyed by the community.

Rolling Rubber will be sponsoring a tire toss. “There will be big, honking tires for the men to throw and smaller ones for the ladies,” commented Karol Zachmann.

Following the Fall Festival, the action will be moving to the fairgrounds at 5 p.m. for the Modified Tractor Pull sponsored by the Fallon County Fair Board.