A new community festival hopes to mark Prairie Township's bicentennial by celebrating "all things Prairie."

The Prairie Harvest Festival will be an all-day affair, running from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at Fire Station 241, 123 Inah Ave. It starts with a 5K race and includes live entertainment along with a slate of contests.

Competitions include pumpkin carving, pie baking, photography, community service and the Prairie's Got Talent show, which starts at 5:30 p.m. Other activities include corn hole, kickball tournaments and a vendor fair.

The festival is free to attend but many contests require registration and fees. Registration for festival competitions can be completed at prairie harvest.org/contests.

The festival is combining efforts with the fire department's food truck and fire prevention event, which starts at 10 a.m. at the fire house.

At least eight food trucks are scheduled to attend.

Other activities include fire safety and education demos and "touch-a-truck."

Country-rock act 23 Southbound will take the stage at 7 p.m. to close out the festival.

A portion of the festival's proceeds will be donated back to community organizations including the fire department and schools, according to a letter from the festival's six-member board of directors which was posted on www.prairieharvest.org.

For more information visit the festival's Facebook page, www.facebook.com/prairieharvestfest, or the festival's website.

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