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The annual Monroe City Chamber of Commerce Fall Festival blew in to town at St. Jude’s Park on Saturday, October 17. The windy conditions didn’t stop vendors from setting up their goods to sell. The park was filled with people of all ages, who came out to enjoy the day’s events despite the chill and blustery conditions.

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The obstacle courses and bounce house was a large attraction by youngsters, who used their energy to compete, by running and climbing through the course to try and beat their peers. Smaller ones jumped and slid, as they laughed and enjoyed the outdoors. Others in attendance enjoyed the variety of food and flavors offered, as they purchased goods for sale by several area vendors.

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The main attraction, Serengeti Steve’s Reptile Show was cancelled due to a communication error, causing some sad faces to eager children, who were looking forward crawly creatures. The event lasted throughout the morning and into the early afternoon. Monroe City Chamber of Commerce made an announcement stating, “We hope to be able to reschedule to have him in Monroe City at a future date and will be sure to let everyone know as soon as possible when that might be. Again, thank you for your understanding this was completely out of our control and we were so very much looking forward to bringing him to Monroe City.”

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At 10:30 a.m. Mudd Pie offered “A Taste of Thanksgiving” by serving turkey, mashed potatoes & gravy, green beans and homemade noodles, along with drinks and desserts. The meal was so popular, plates were sold out by 11:30 a.m. Owner Mandi Mudd had to stop serving for approximately 45 minutes to cook more. The people lined up to wait on their fall dinner.

Later in the day, Maddie’s on Main offered a Pup Crawl inviting customers to come visit with their four-legged friends. For each dog who visits, Maddie’s donated $5 to the P.A.W.S. organization. Owner Leah Dodson shared, “Maddie’s turned into a doggie daycare,” smiling she stated, “We were able to raise about $215. The dogs and owners had a good time.”

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The next day, the community continued to welcome fall with the annual Fall Harvest Dinner at the Monroe City United Methodist Church. This year, the church served the dinner in a drive-thru fashion, in order to take COVID-19 precautions.

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