by Jenny Haglund

HALE – The annual Live 65 Fall Festival, presented by the Hale Area Association (HAA), will go on this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 17-18.

The activities will take place at the Iosco County Fairgrounds, and are set to include everything from live music and comedy, to camping, a car show, arts and crafts, bounce houses, food trucks and more. The venue is located at 3600 M-65 in downtown Hale, ¼-mile north of the stoplight.

Buttons for admission to the occasion are on sale now, for $5, at various establishments in Hale and the surrounding area. The commemorative buttons can also be purchased at the fairgrounds entrance the day of, for $10.

Getting the celebration underway Friday evening will be a live performance by Rachelle Rae & The Banned, along with some special guests, starting at 5 p.m. This will be held in conjunction with fire ring party the HAA is also hosting at the site.

A pancake breakfast starting at 9 a.m. is the first event on the itinerary for Saturday, and the cost is $8. It will be held at the Plainfield Township Fire Department hall, adjacent to the fairgrounds.

Also occurring next to the Fall Festival headquarters will be the Plainfield Township Farmers Market, whose vendors will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

As a mix of musicians and comedians entertain the crowd during the festival, there will also be a number of other ongoing activities as part of Live 65, including art of all shapes and sizes during the craft show, bounce houses a car show and a cornhole tournament.

The latter is being sponsored by the Hale Area Education Foundation (HAEF), and will take place in the livestock building of the fairgrounds.

Early registration is $30 per team. Participants can also sign up that day, from noon to 1 p.m., at a cost of $35 per team. The double elimination tournament will commence at 2 p.m.

The first place team will win $100, and the second place team will take home $50. The balance of all proceeds will go directly to HAEF, to provide scholarships for Hale Area Schools graduates.

Entry forms may be picked up and dropped off in advance, at Scofield Real Estate in Hale. Contestants are asked to make any checks payable to: Hale Area Education Foundation.

The registration forms are available on the HAA Facebook page, as well, at https://www.facebook.com/HaleAreaAssn/.

This is also where event goers can get more details if they wish to set up a booth as a vendor during the arts and crafts show. Additional information about camping at the fairgrounds – which will be available to visitors for $20 a night during the festival – can be found on the HAA Facebook page, as well, along with the sign-up form for camping and other festival details.

As for the musical entertainment on Saturday, it will begin at noon with a performance by Gibson-Seal and the Heart & Soul Band. Following this will be Jake Allen at 2:30 p.m., the Pond Hoppers at 5 p.m. and the return of Rachelle Rae & The Banned at 8 p.m.

Providing some laughs in between the sets will be The Comedy Series, hosted by MC Melissa Hager, with show times set for 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Also as part of the series, audience participation on stage will be encouraged when Hager leads the  improv comedy event at 7 p.m.

For more information about the Live 65 Fall Festival, which began in 2018, visit the aforementioned Facebook page or send inquiries to greaterhaleareaassociation@gmail.com. Questions can also be directed to Paul Gabstanowicz, at 630-567-3263; Sue Reilly, at 280-4784; Kathy Brewington, at 475-6679; or Tom Loomis, at anchorheadaency@gmail.com.

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