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MEEKER | In its 15th year, the annual Fall Festival, sponsored by Mountain Valley Bank, White River Electric Association and the Eastern Rio Blanco Metropolitan Recreation and Park District, will take place this Saturday at Town Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (See ad on page 2A of this week’s edition for details.)
Pioneers Medical Center sponsors the Scrub Shirt Classic—a 5K walk/run and 1 mile fun run at 9 a.m. starting at the courthouse pavilion as a kick off to the festival. The entry fee is $15 for adults and $10 for youth 12 and under. (See ad on page 4A for registration details.)
As always, every person who attends the Fall Festival will receive $5 in “Bank Bucks” to spend on various food vendors and game booths sponsored by local fundraising groups. Bring a non-perishable food item for the Meeker Food Bank to earn extra Bank Bucks. If you run out of bank bucks, cash is always welcome.
After the food and fun and prizes, vendors exchange their Bank Bucks for real money from Mountain Valley Bank to go toward their fundraiser.
“It usually helps more than 20 non-profit/fundraising groups in the Meeker area,” said Mountain Valley Bank President Tawny Halandras. “It typically raises more than $10,000 annually for these collective groups.”
Fundraising groups in the past have included local churches, youth organizations, school trips like the eighth grade trip to Washington, D.C., 4-H programs and more.
Make reservations now to attend Saturday’s annual HopeWest gala, this year with a circus theme, titled “Under the Big Top.” The gala is HopeWest’s sole fundraising event for the services they provide in Meeker. The formal event includes dinner, a silent auction, dancing and entertainment. (See ad on page 6A for reservation details, and the HopeWest article on page 11A.)
HopeWest provides hospice, palliative care and grief support for children, teens and adults at no charge.
By HERALD TIMES STAFF