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Harvest Fest planned at Van Riper State Park

September 20, 2012
By ADELLE WHITEFOOT - Journal Staff Writer  ( , Journal Ishpeming Bureau

CHAMPION - Trick-or-treating comes early with the annual Van Riper State Park Harvest Fest.

The festival begins at 7 p.m. Friday with "boo bread" and spookie stories around the campfire and runs through Saturday. On Saturday there will be a horse drawn hay ride at noon, a silent auction, kid activities from 1 to 3 p.m. and a haunted hike at 9 p.m.

Trick-or-treating is from 5 to 7 p.m., when children can go from campsite to campsite collecting candy.

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The annual Harvest Fest at Van Riper State Park near Champion is set for Friday and Saturday. Among activities offered will be a hay ride, trick-or-treating and a haunted walk. (Van Riper State park photo)

"We have 147 campsites that kids can go to," said Shanna Dighera, an employee at Van Riper. "It's nice for small children because we close of the road during that time and it's a smaller place for them to go trick-or-treating."

During trick-or-treating, campers will be able to vote on their favorite costume. The categories are baby and toddler, kid, teenager and pet.

"The kids will have a number pinned to them so if someone thinks, 'oh that's a cute costume' they can just write down the number and vote that way," Dighera said.

Winners will be announced at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

Those wishing to participate in the festival but are not staying at the park are required to have a recreational passport sticker on their license plate, or purchase one at the park for $10.

For more information about the festival, contact the park at 339-4461.

Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-486-4401.



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