(Posted Sept. 14, 2021)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Melissa and Chris Crabbe, residents of South Solon for the past 12 years, are organizing a day of fun for their community.
“The world is so crazy right now. It’s hard for people, and they’re stressed out. So, why not come out and enjoy the day?” said Melissa who is putting on the South Solon Fall Festival with the help of her husband and friends.
The event is set for 12 p.m. Sept. 25 at South Solon Park off of State Route 41. Everything is free with the exception of food and raffle tickets.
Lazy Baker Pizza Maker, a food truck out of Springfield, will set up shop. Chris is heading up a chili cookoff, and some of the couple’s friends will be selling cobblers, pies, and other sweet treats.
Children will have plenty of outdoor activities from which to choose, from a beanbag toss and ring toss to sack races and pumpkin tic-tac-toe. Every child will go home with a pumpkin. They can paint and decorate their pumpkins at a craft station at the festival.
Adults can enjoy cornhole and horseshoes. Families are invited to go on an old-fashioned hay ride. Raffle tickets will be sold the day of the festival for a $50 gift card.
The event also will offer up shopping opportunities. Homemade candles and customized wood signs and cups are among the items that will be for sale. Additional craft vendors are welcome. There is no cost to reserve a space.
“This is our first time putting this together, and we’ll see how it’s going to turn out,” Melissa said. “My husband and I thought it would be a fun, little event. We’re such a small community, why not do something fun? Hopefully, people like it. I think it is something we could do every year.”
Anyone interested in entering the chili cookoff, setting up a craft vendor table, or receiving more information about the festival can contact Melissa Spangler Crabbe via text at (740) 490-8371 or via Facebook Messenger.