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Saturday, September 14, 2013 12:45 AM

BY STEPHANIE GROVES

Staff Writer

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SPENCERVILLE — The Chamber of Commerce is holding its fourth annual Fall Festival this weekend at the Spencer Township Park located on Wisher Drive.

Today from noon until 5 p.m., the Spencerville Police Department will conduct a free DNA and fingerprint activity at the park shelterhouse for all kids from the surrounding communities.

Police Chief Darin Cook said the kits are a way to provide comprehensive safety and identification information for children that parents can take home and keep on hand for emergencies.

“Along with the fingerprints, parents can attach a photo of the child, record their medical and physical attribute information — allergies, medications, birthmarks, hair color — and have a sample of the child’s DNA swabbed,” Cook detailed.

Cook recommends parents storing the kit with other important documents like wills and insurance policies. He also suggests updating the photo on the kit each year.

“The more accurate, the better,” Cook detailed. “Just in case law enforcement needs the information for a missing child.”

Cook said two officers and volunteers will be on location to guide parents and children through the process.

Shell Station Owner Todd Kill said today’s events for the Fall Festival, which is sponsored by The Chamber of Commerce, begins with a 5K run.

Organizer Stacey Goecke said registration for the race will be held at Spencerville High School at 9 a.m. and costs $25 with the race starting at 10 a.m. T-shirts will be available with registration on a first-come basis. At this time, 81 people have registered for the event. There will be door prize drawings with 16 prizes given away. Proceeds from the event benefit the Bearcat Strength and Training Center and the high school boys basketball team.

“First-, second- and third-place finishers win trophies and the next 20 participants receive medals,” Goecke detailed. “All other runners will take home a ribbon.”

The festival will include a Vendor’s Fair starting at 11 a.m. Saturday morning and running until 5 p.m.

“There will be jewelry, produce, candles, gourmet foods, Mums and pumpkins, and other products for sale through the vendors,” Kill said.

A Tailgate Party will begin at noon at the Beer Garden for college games and run all day through the OSU Buckeye game.

Inflatable kid rides will start at noon and run until 8 p.m. with unlimited riding available with the $10 purchase of a wristband.

The VFW Clown Unit will make balloon animals for kids from 2-4 p.m.

Lawn Tractor Pull registration begins at 3 p.m. and races will be held from 4-6 p.m. The race is for adults only and all are welcome to watch the races from the roped-off area.

The Corn Hole Tournament registration begins at 5 p.m. at the Beer Garden with the event starting at 6 p.m. Registration for teams of two is $20 with a 100-percent payout.

Dave Kill and the Good Ole’ Boys will take the stage at 8:30 p.m. to midnight.

Food vendors will be serving the normal fare; hamburgers, corn dogs, chili, fries, shaved ice, pizza and much more.

Kill said proceeds from the festival will benefit park improvements and other fundraisers.

 

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