Annual DBA Fall Festival highlights fun with costume parade, candy and pumpkin roll

Children dressed up in their Halloween costumes line up to get candy during the trunk-or-treating Saturday morning in downtown Big Rapids, as part of the annual Fall Festival. There were several family-friendly events schedule Friday and Saturday for the annual event, hosted by the Big Rapids Downtown Business Association. (Pioneer photos/Brandon Fountain)

BIG RAPIDS — They flocked to downtown.

Scary. Cute. Ferocious. Awesome.

Whether dress up in costumes or sporting the coveted Skeleton Skurry shirt, runners shoot off the starting line during the sixth installment of the 5K run and walk Saturday morning in downtown Big Rapids.

Black Panther and princesses to Scooby Doo and Michael Myers were joined by hordes of vampires, dinosaurs and bumble bees, as young and old dressed up to showcase their Halloween attire for all to see.

Slowly venturing up Michigan Avenue in downtown Big Rapids, droves of costume-clad children and adults joined the ranks of the procession as it passed by.

The costume parade, as well as other festivities on Friday and Saturday, were all part of the Big Rapids Downtown Business Association’s annual Fall Festival.

A free, family-friendly event, the festival included a chili cook-off Friday, as well as the parade, inflatables for the kids, a celebrity pumpkin roll and live music … not to mention, candy for the kids.

Mecosta County Sheriff Todd Purcell and Big Rapids Detective Brian Miller went head-to-head in Saturday’s Celebrity Pumpkin Roll. Mysteriously, both pumpkins burst and did not to finish the race.

Despite a few sprinkles throughout the morning, the downtown was packed from sidewalk to sidewalk for trunk-or-treat, with lines winding around light posts. There also was children’s games under a tent, prizes, a petting zoo and treats such as hot cocoa, cider and doughnuts available.

Gordon Mallett also showcased his work on a large pumpkin displayed during the festival. The pumpkin was donated by Judge Scott Hill-Kennedy.

It was the type of event the Tingley family had planned to attend.

Decked out in a variety of super hero and other costumes, children walk up Michigan Avenue in Big Rapids as part of the costume parade.

“We just came down to see everything that was going on and for the kids to get candy,” said Andrew Tingley. Tingley, who attended Ferris State University, and his wife and children returned to the area after more than a decade away.

“Everything here is great family fun in a safe environment,” he said, noting the family enjoyed the celebrity pumpkin roll. “(Fall Festival) seems like it’s going really good. It’s a smaller downtown, but it’s been packed, despite the weather.

“We’ll be coming back tot his next year.”

Dressed up in costumes and winter jackets, children line up for candy during Saturday’s trunk-or-treating in downtown Big Rapids.

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