by Abbie Bennett
The Matthews Rotary Fall Festival,
which raises money for local nonprofits,
will return to downtown Matthews Saturday,
Oct. 20 in Stumptown Park, 120
S. Trade St.
Live music, a chili cook off, bike ride
and inflatables for kids will be featured
at the eighth annual Fall Festival. The
day will begin with a 30-mile and a
60-mile bike ride sponsored by Bicycles
East in Matthews. The chili cook off
runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., or until the chili
runs out. Chili cook off teams will represent
local organizations, businesses and
restaurants. Festivalgoers will be the
judges. A celebrity-judging contest will
feature “local dignitaries,” according to
the news release.
Chili tasting tickets are $5.
Festival proceeds will benefit local
“We feel very strongly about our ability
to impact local lives,” Bill Rhyne, chair
of the event, said. “We try to focus on
organizations that are directly impacting
those in the community, especially those
Proceeds will go to: the Matthews
Free Medical Clinic, the Matthews
Help Center, Christ Our Shepherd Ministries,
the Levine Senior Center and the
Matthews Rotary Club which provides
scholarships, polio research and prevention,
assistance to impoverished people
in Peru, a Veterans Day lunch for local
veterans and many other local services.
Rhyne said the festival raised $8,000
to $10,000 last year.
One new aspect of the rain-or-shine
festival will be the children’s play area,
featuring two large inflatables — a
bounce house and an obstacle course.
“We’re looking forward to having a
bigger crowd this year than we’ve had
in the past,” Rhyne said. “It looks like
we’ll have more chili teams and we have
a kids’ area that we have not had in the
past to try to (make) it into more of a
Rhyne said the traditional bluegrass
music selection will be a bit more varied
this year, also in the hopes of attracting
a bigger crowd.
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by Abbie Bennett