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Fall Fest, chili cook-off highlight Fraser rec schedule

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published September 9, 2015


FRASER — The leaves will soon change colors, and a cooler climate will ultimately become commonplace.

With the fall season comes a variety of events not seen during the warmer seasons in Michigan, and the Fraser Parks and Recreation Department aims to keep residents busy following a fun summer.

“The biggest compliment we got this year is the staff interaction with the kids,” said Parks and Recreation Director Christina Woods. “It’s hard to put into words, but it’s what makes our program. It really translates what we try to do.”

The focus now shifts to the Fall Fest at Steffens Park, next to Fraser City Hall.

The event is combined with the firefighters open house. The event, which takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26, will features games, cider and doughnuts, a bounce house for kids, library stories, and a working car show.

“It’s all the cars you’d see in the city,” Woods said, adding that big rigs, an Army tank, a sheriff boat and a recycling truck should be present. “These are things you don’t see up close, but they help our city run. I haven’t seen anything like that before.”

The Fraser Optimist Club, Department of Public Works and the Goodfellows are just some of the groups expected to be in attendance.

“The event has always been to get the community involved in what the firefighters do, so I took that to the next level,” she said. “And why not give residents a chance to see other aspects of the city?”

The local farmers market is expected to sell fresh produce at the event.

Also, a chili cook-off will take place to determine who makes the best chili in the city. Registration for the cook-off ends Sept. 18.

“Everyone thinks they make the best chili,” Woods said.

From presenting new sewing classes this fall to a martial arts group and even a field trip to a “Mythbusters” show Nov. 28 at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, the department aims to appeal to all ages and offer new and exciting opportunities.

“We sometimes will step back and see what (residents) are missing in the community,” Woods said. “We just look back and we see what we could offer that we aren’t offering.”

Woods said she and her staff always work ahead, so planning for the fall season began in the summer. There’s about a six-month window to schedule events and activities.

Woods hopes community involvement increases. Most feedback occurs after programs conclude, and she said people can always reach out to the department via phone calls or emails to find out everything they need to know. Ideas posted on the department’s Facebook page have been beneficial too.

The Parks and Recreation Commission meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at City Hall.

“We bounce things off each other all the time, whether it’s programs or parts of the event,” Woods said.

For more information or to register for events, visit or call (586) 296-8483.