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Nisswa Fall Festival, Smokin' Hot BBQ Contest on tap

Nisswa will usher in fall with the 44th annual Nisswa Fall Festival and the 12th annual Smokin' Hot BBQ Contest on Saturday, Sept. 16.

Nisswa will usher in fall with the 44th annual Nisswa Fall Festival and the 12th annual Smokin' Hot BBQ Contest on Saturday, Sept. 16. Following is a schedule of events:

7:30-11 a.m.: Pancake breakfast, Nisswa Fire Hall.

8 a.m.: Bridges of Hope Run for Hope 5K, 10K and kids run.

10 a.m.: Scavenger hunt. Search for the fall medallion and win $100 cash. First clue will be posted at 10 a.m. at MN Surf Co. Second clue will be posted at noon at CoCo & Co. Third clue will be posted at 2 p.m. at Woodland Meadow.

10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Kidzone along the Paul Bunyan Trail. A $5 wristband allows kids to play in bounce houses, bounce slides, obstacle course, "money" machine and more.

10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Paint your own pottery by Kevin Matthews Pottery, gazebo.

Noon-8 p.m.: Beer garden/outdoor whiskey bar, Pickle Factory parking lot.

1-5:30 p.m.: Tickets on sale for the VIP tent and general eating for the barbecue contest, chamber tent on City Hall Street.

1-3:30 p.m.: Live music by Lisa Wenger Band on outdoor stage, Pickle Factory parking lot.

1 p.m.: Bean bag tournament (ages 14 and older), Pickle Factory parking lot.

4 p.m.: Smokin' Hot BBQ Contest judging.

4-8 p.m.: Live music by Vintage Raggs on outdoor stage, Pickle Factory parking lot.

4:15 p.m.: Smokin' Hot BBQ Contest VIP seating, eating and judging.

4:45 p.m.: Smokin' Hot BBQ Contest general eating and judging.

6 p.m.: Smokin' Hot BBQ Contest winners announced.

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