Nothing ‘Despicable’ about this year’s Fall Festival

Minions will be wandering the streets of Chamberlain Sat., Sept. 30 as part of the annual Chamberlain/Oacoma Fall Festival. From Barger Park to Sanford’s Care Center, those participating in the Scavenger Hunt will be on the look out for Minions to fill their cards, which will be available that day at the Chamberlain Community Center.

Businesses are encouraged to decorate their windows with the Chamberlain High School Homecoming theme, ‘cereal’, in anticipation of the October 6 parade.

There will be plenty of activities for event goers besides keeping a sharp eye out for Minions. Activities start at 8 a.m. with the Farmers Market at the Trinity Lutheran Church parking lot and continue throughout the day.

Over 20 vendors are expected to be selling their wares including jewelry, blankets, paper crafts and more at the Fall Vendor Fair that opens at 9 a.m at the Community Center. After shopping enjoy an Indian Taco prepared by Ma’s Kitchen from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Sanford Care Center will be selling crafts and baked goods at the center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Children’s events will be held at Barger Park including face painting, barrel train rides, and Minion costume awards.

Also Cozard Library will host story time and crafts from 10 a.m to 2 p.m.

“We’re adding a number of education activities for kids this year,” said Chamber Director Mike Normile. “We have great involvement, especially from our sponsors Thrivent Financial and Modern Woodmen.

Kids can learn how to play various yard games such as bean bag toss, Frisbee golf, ladder ball and learn about emergency equipment. The South Dakota Highway Patrol Roll-Over Simulator will be part of the Touch a Truck event from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Al’s Oasis parking lot.

Another popular event, the Pumkin’ Chunkin’ to be held at 4 p.m. in Oacoma near the park, will provide a take-home gift that will provide a better understanding of the physics, engineering and weight/counter weight concepts needed for a successful Pumkin’ Chunkin’.

For those who are looking for a bit of more grown-up entertainment, there are several food competitions to enter including jams and jellies, salsa, pickled veggies, and homemade brew or wine tasting competition.

Top off the day by stopping at the Bottle Shop for their Customer Appreciation event from 5-7 p.m.

“There is enough variety to find pretty much anything you want,” said Normile. “Have fun with these events.”

A complete listing of events and times on page 2 of this issue of the Chamberlain SUN.

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