Get ready to fall into some fun

By: Victoria Mitchell | Royal Oak Review | Published September 20, 2017

 Pit Master Steve “Bubba” Coddington, right, and John Sweeney, of Woodpile BBQ Shack in Clawson, serve savory fare to their customers at the 2015 Clawson Fall Festival in City Park.

Pit Master Steve “Bubba” Coddington, right, and John Sweeney, of Woodpile BBQ Shack in Clawson, serve savory fare to their customers at the 2015 Clawson Fall Festival in City Park.

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CLAWSON — Fall is usually synonymous with family fun in the little city with a big heart, and this season won’t disappoint.

The celebration will kick off Sunday, Oct. 1, with many activities happening throughout town beginning with the Donut Dash 5K, presented by the Clawson Chamber of Commerce.

The dash will begin at 9 a.m. Oct. 1 with 8:30 a.m. registration at Clawson City Hall, 425 N. Main St. Preregistration costs $20; the cost will be $25 on the day of race. Proceeds from the race will benefit Clawson Public Schools teachers and the Clawson Food Pantry.

Early risers are also invited to attend the annual fall United Street Machine Association car show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Clawson City Park, located on Elmwood Avenue, one block west of Main Street. Automobile registration will be from 8 to 10:30 a.m., and trophies will be handed out at 2:30 p.m. Dash plaques, trophies and plenty of oldies will be a part of the enjoyment. Proceeds from car registration fees will benefit Veterans Food Pantry.

The classic car show leads into the Clawson Parks & Recreation Fall Festival at 3 p.m. in the park.

The annual festival includes free hayrides provided by the Clawson Department of Public Works, musical entertainment by The Paint Creek Boys, the Barnyard Express animal show and inflatables. Event organizers remind all jumpers to bring their socks.

“We have tried to keep it more of a community event with various community groups being involved,” said Director of Recreation and Senior Services Kathy Leenhouts.

The Clawson Mavericks will be selling pumpkins, the Clawson Senior Center will be selling baked breads and the Clawson Rotary will be sponsoring a corn roast.

The Clawson Chamber of Commerce will be hosting Taste of the Town, a happening that will provide more options for dining during the fun fall day. Vendors selling produce and other items also will be at the event. 

The Masonic Lodge will be at the Fall Festival to provide the Child ID program to the community.

“The event wraps up at 6:15 (p.m.) with a giant bonfire put on by the Clawson Fire Department,” Leenhouts said.

Mayor Penny Luebs said the Fall Festival is fabulous.

“People continue to return year after year for the traditional activities of the hayride and petting zoo and car show,” she said.

Luebs said other October events include the Clawson Coalition Prayer Breakfast on Oct. 24, which will be returning after being on hiatus, and the annual Trick or Treat Trail on Oct. 29.

“I truly enjoy hosting safe and fun events for the community to get out and spend time with each other,” Luebs said.

For more information on the Donut Dash, visit a2race management.com; for more information on the car show, visit unitedstreetmachines.com; and for more information about the Fall Festival, visit cityofclawson.com/your_government/parks_and_recreation/AZ.php.

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