The St. Joseph County Parks and Recreation Department has announced the winners of the annual Meyer Broadway Park scarecrow contest.
The displays were one of many attractions at the park as a part of the Oct. 13 Three Rivers Area Fall Color Tour.
A variety of categories were in place and winners were: funniest, “The Three Rivers” by Andrews Elementary fourth grade; scariest, “Frostbite, the demented snowman,” by Heartwood Renaissance Academy; and most creative, “Roadie,” by the St. Joseph County Transportation Authority.
Honorees in the Colon Magicians’ Walk of Fame were recognized over the weekend, as a dedication ceremony was staged in the village’s downtown.
A ceremonial ribbon cutting took place at 10 of the stars honoring 11 people and their contributions to the field of magic and illusion, as well as their involvement in the annual Abbott’s Magic Get-Together.
About two dozen people gathered to watch a series of ceremonial ribbon cuttings that honored Richard Tanis, Wilma Rench, Bill Watson, the Amazing Conklins, Harry Blackstone Sr., Neil Foster, June Horowitz, Monk Watson, Carl Karl, and Gay and Harry Blackstone Jr.
Later Saturday, a seven-act fundraiser magic show to benefit the Colon Food Pantry took place at Colon High School.
The first showing of “The Current – Three Rivers,” took place Friday for a by-invitation-only audience, including many who played a role in the movie.
The full-length feature film received positive reviews.
Financed by local businessman Tom Meyer and produced by longtime resident Jerry Wright, “The Current – Three Rivers,” showcases many aspects of the city, its people and businesses.
Wright said the 2-hour and 24-minute film will premiere to the general public with showings at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Friday and a matinee Saturday at the Three Rivers 6 theater complex.
Here‘s a reminder that the Marine Corps of St. Joseph County is hosting a ball, which is open to all veterans, active duty personnel and families of veterans.
Event organizers said the ball is to celebrate the 238th anniversary of the founding of the USMC.
Plenty of door prizes will be given away and other items will be auctioned off as a fundraiser for the St. Joseph County Marines Corps League 1401.
State Sen. Bruce Caswell will be the guest speaker. In addition, the event will feature cake, music, an open bar and choice of steak or chicken.
The event starts at 6 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Sturgis American Legion.
Tickets are $25 per person and may be purchased by phoning 269-496-3695.
The official attendance count for the 2013 St. Joseph County Grange Fair was 140,547 patrons.
The numbers, released Monday by fair director Bill Johnson, were just a few hundred shy of the 2012 attendance figure.
Johnson said weather played a role in attendance not only at the grandstand and its nightly entertainment, but the fair overall.
He said Saturday’s ideal conditions drew a number of walk-up sales for the Josh Turner concert.
The 163rd St. Joseph County Grange Fair is in the books, and organizers of the annual event said they expect attendance to be slightly down from 2012.
Bill Younts, president of the fair board, said periods of rain during portions of three days of the seven-day fair may have kept prospective guests at bay. A shower Friday evening, he said, was especially detrimental to attendance.
The fair did end on a high note, however, as the busiest day of the fair was Saturday. The headline concert by Josh Turner and opening act Kix Brooks helped boost Saturday’s overall attendance.
Younts said the fair board meets Oct. 14 and its members will review the 2013 fair, and start looking toward its 2014 edition.