Archbold hosts the Carp Fall Fest and Chili Cook-Off, Saturday, Oct. 11.
Once again, North Defi- ance Street in the downtown historic business district will be closed, and crowds will have the chance to taste different chili recipes, shop the wares of vendors set up along the street, and enjoy several different forms of entertainment.
The Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce is facilitating the Carp Fall Fest.
New is a lip-sync contest in which contestants “don’t actually sing,” said Julie Brink, AACC director.
Contestants will pick their own music and mouth the words.
The Lip Sync contest has become a popular event on a late-night talk show.
“It’s the new karaoke,” Brink said.
The chili cook-off will feature nine chili recipes. Those attending will purchase tokens, which are used to cast votes in jars at the chili stands.
The stand with the largest number of tokens is the winner.
Archbold Boy Scout Troop 63 will serve a pancake breakfast.
Another new event is the slate art exhibit. Local artists and students are given pieces of slate and asked to create a piece of art. Brink said she anticipates a very diverse show.
The Little Flounder Fun Run for children starts at 9 am, followed by the 5K Run- Walk For The Lights.
The Black Swamp Arts Council KidzZone offers children a chance to decorate their own pumpkins.
Among other events are the Lions Club auction, a tractor pedal pull, and a Zumba demonstration.
North Defiance Street will be closed at about 7 am, Saturday, to set up for the festival.
Traffic will be blocked on the north side of the North Defiance Street-Stryker Street intersection, allowing traffic to move from the 100 block of North Defiance Street to Stryker Street, and vice-versa.
To the north, North Defi- ance Street will be blocked at Williams Street, but traffic pulling out of the F&M Bank drive-through windows will be allowed to go north.
Holland Street also will be blocked between the alleys on the west and east sides of North Defiance Street.
Also, Depot Street will be blocked to the alley on the west side of North Defiance Street.