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Autumn Celebration ~ Chili Dawg Challenge 2017

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Name: Autumn Celebration ~ Chili Dawg Challenge 2017
Date: October 26, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM EDT
Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed. Please contact our office
Event Description:

The smell of fresh, homemade chili will be engulfing downtown Ionia once again, as we enjoy Autumn Celebration, Chili-Dawg Challenge.
The week leading up to the event features  Scare Crow Alley with frightening & creative designs lining lampposts on Main Street.
This is the fall event that Ionians and visitors alike try not to miss ? bringing nearly 6000 people to Main Street.   There is so much to participate in and see that it is a challenge within itself for anyone to do it all!
The celebration will have the classics for everyone?s enjoyment, which will include the famous

Independent Bank  
Chili Dawg Challenge
Up to 15 varieties of Chili & Gourmet Dogs available.  
$1.50/ea or 4/$5.  Available 4p until over 6,000 dogs are sold.

Chili Dawg Eating Contest
 Pre Register 5:15pm  ($10) limited to 1st 10 registrations
Contest 6:45  

Proceeds Benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters

Contact Independent Bank for a Chili Dawg Booth

Scarecrow Alley  Trunk-R-Treat

Frightening and creative designs line lampposts along Main St. 
Registration is free to members.
$25-$50 participation fee to all others.
Please use Register button near top of page.

Meijer Costume Contest

3 age groups with 1st through 3rd place winner in each.  Located at Ionia Theatre.
Registration begins in the Theatre at 4:30p
Contest begins at 5:45p

Main St. Business Trick or Treat

Please observe poster in business windows for the times they are offering treats.

NO Registration 

FREE to Public!

Restore Church Harvest Carnival

Enjoy up to 20 games and even a sack race in the 400 block of Main St. 4pm till prizes run out.

NO Registration

FREE to Public!

Lucky Dog Grooming Pet Costume Contest

It's your pet and how they parade a creative costume! Prizes in 3 categories. 
Pre-Registration at 4:15 in front of Mercantile Bank

Contest begins at 7pm.
FREE to Public!

Department of Public Safety 

hosts touch a truck and complimentary hot chocolate, while it lasts!
NO Registration

FREE to Public!

Live Music presented by Main St. Music

400 block of Main St.
NO Registration,  Contact Jim Killion

FREE Movie! Ghostbusters (2016)
Sponsored by Live Local Realty

Ionia Theatre
7:30 pm
FREE to Public!

All proceeds from the event will benefit Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Event Media:
Event Sponsors:
  • Advanced Pain Solution
  • Heartland Health Care & Rehabilitation Center of Ionia
  • Walkington Well Drilling
  • McIver Chiropractic
  • Grand Rapids Ophtholmology - Ionia
  • Shopper's Guide, Ionia County

Downtown Ionia
Main St. from M-66 to Kidd St. 


Date/Time Information:

Chili Dawgs from 4 until sold out!
Chili Dawg Eating Contest PreRegistration  5:15  -6:15 (or until 10 contestants)  Contest at 6:45pm
Live Music  4 - 7:45pm
Harvest Carnival   4-7pm
​Trunk-R-Treat  4-7pm
Business Trick or Treat  5-6:30pm
Costume Contest   PreRegistration 4:30 to 5:30   Contest at  5:45
Pet Costume Contest PreRegistration 4:15 to 6:45  Contest at 7pm
Fire Truck Tours  4-7:30
Bounce House   4-7:30

Contact Information:
Contact the Chamber Office for more information

Chili Dawg tickets are $1.50 each,
or 4 tickets for $5
Chili-Dawgs one ticket
Gourmet Dawgs are two tickets.

Chili Dawg eating contest limited to 10 participants - $10 entry fee


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