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October 5, 2012

Oktoberfest, mum event planned

GOSHEN — On Saturday, Central Park behind Civic Plaza downtown Elkhart will be featuring two events — Mentoring Mums and Oktoberfest. Pillars of Elkhart and The City of Elkhart Parks and Recreation Department will host Oktoberfest Chili Cook Off and Harvest Celebration Saturday from 1 to 7 p.m. This family-friendly event will feature a chili cook-off, children’s activities, live music  and a cornhole tournament. From 4 to 7 p.m.  the public will be able to pick up mums that were displayed in the Mentoring Mums Fall Flower Carpet. Proceeds from both of these events benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Elkhart County.

Onsite cornhole registration will be from noon to 1:45 p.m. with the tournament starting at 2 p.m. The cost to participate is $40 per team. Ten local restaurants and not-for-profits willl be competing in a chili cook-off beginning at 1:00 p.m. and the winners announced at 4:00 p.m. Eat as many samples of chili as you like for $5; kids 10 and under eat free. The Family Bike Ride takes off from Central Park at 2 p.m. Other activities include a Kid’s Root Beer Garden, ETHOS Monster House and crafts.

There are still 12-inch potted mums in dark red, lavender, white and gold that will be sold from 4t o 7 p.m. off of High Park and Waterfall Drive. The public will be able to view this vibrant, living work of art inspired by design elements in the Lerner Theater until Saturday. The Fall Flower Carpet was produced by the Elkhart County Convention & Visitors Bureau in a creative collaboration with the City of Elkhart and the city’s Buildings and Grounds Department.

“We are grateful to have the opportunity to encourage the community to consider being a mentor in the life of a local child,” said Stephanie Patka, BBBS executive director. “Between Mentoring Mums and all the great activities of Oktoberfest, there is something for everyone to enjoy in beautiful downtown Elkhart.”

The Pillars of Elkhart are a group of young professionals dedicated to bettering Elkhart. With a focus on Downtown Elkhart, the group’s goal is to provide philanthropic and social events for Elkhart residents to come together and help improve the city.

Big Brothers Big Sisters matches local children with an adult mentor in a staff supported one-to-one relationship. For information or to volunteer, contact the office at 574-875-1039 or info@bbbselkhart.org.

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