Weekend events a great way to kick off Autumn season

Autumn officially kicks off on Friday, and there are a couple of events on the west end this weekend to start the season off right.

First, the third annual Oktoberfest will be held Saturday in Negaunee.

“We invite you to enjoy ‘Gemutlichkeit,’ that feeling of warmth and friendship that we strive to provide in Downtown Negaunee,” the Downtown Negaunee Oktoberfest 2017 Facebook page states.

The event will feature food vendors, crafters, live music and Kids Corner of festivities including pumpkin painting will be held on Iron Street from noon to 6 p.m., with other events scheduled into the evening hours.

We really want the public to attend,” Oktoberfest organizer Hanna Ockerman told The Mining Journal. “Come support this community-wide family-friendly event.”

In addition to Oktoberfest, Van Riper State Park in Champion will be holding its Harvest Festival. The festivities begin Friday night with a Monster Mash dance.

On Saturday, there will be face painting, wagon ride games, crafts, campsite decorating. Rounding out the night will be trick-or-treating and the famous haunted hike.

This is another great family-friendly event that allows kids and adults to get into the Halloween spirit a full month early. For more information on Harvest Fest, contact Debra Gill at 906-339-4461.

Just a reminder, a Recreation Passport is required for entry into all Michigan state parks.