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South Point group to host fall event

SOUTH POINT — With fall in the air and leaves ready to turn brilliant reds and golds, the People for The Point are planning to celebrate the season in its own particular style.

On Oct. 18, the volunteer organization will host Heritage Day and Fire Prevention Day at the South Point Park, the site of its first endeavor, the July Fourth Party in the Park.

“We are going to start the day with the Heritage Parade at 10 a.m.,” Chris Smith, president of The People, said. “It is open to anyone who wants to get involved.”

Participants can register before the event or come at 8:30 a.m. for the lineup at McMeans Pharmacy.

“Anyone who wants to get a group together or float can just show up,” Smith said. “After the parade we will move to the park and from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., there will be live entertainment and music in the gazebo.”

Performers include Katie Owens, from Coal Grove, who plays acoustic country; FM, a Southern rock acoustic band; Barry Frazee and his band; Whipps and Sheldon Road.

“Throughout the day we will have a chili cook-off,” Smith said.

It is open to anyone in the area and there will be a $50 entry fee.

Each sample of a chili will cost 25 cents and provide a ticket to vote in the cookoff.

Prizes for the cookoff will be $300 for first place, $150 for second and $50 for third place.

Local vendors will set up their wares and there will also be a petting zoo and pony rides.

“There will be camels to kangaroos to baby goats,” Smith said.

The zoo will be free but pony rides will cost $3.

“There will be barbecues, fresh lemonade, snow cones, funnel cakes and a pumpkin pie-eating contest with a trophy,” he said.

The event will conclude with a zombie run/walk sponsored by the South Point Fire Department.

“It gets the community together,” Smith said. “Everybody has such a fast-paced life. Our group is trying to do an event to bring the community together and be a fundraiser for other community events.”

Among the new events will be a live Nativity and Christmas decorating contest, plus a repeat of the July 4 celebration.