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Pepper Festival is Aug. 17, 18, 19

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River Falls, 54022

River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

Plans are gearing up for the North Hudson Pepper Festival scheduled Friday through Sunday, Aug. 17-19, at Pepper Fest Park in North Hudson. The three-day celebration honors the community's Italian heritage and includes Italian food, a carnival, parade, queen coronation, and spaghetti and hot pepper eating contests. Proceeds from the Pepper Festival are donated to various groups and organizations serving the Hudson and North Hudson area. For more information about the Pepper Festival, go to www.pepperfest.org.

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Festival Activities include:

Grand Parade

The Pepper Fest Grand Parade is Saturday, Aug. 18, at 11 a.m. The parade begins at the intersection of Lemon and Michaelson streets north, running west down Michaelson and then south on Sixth Street North (Hwy. 35) to St. Croix Street North. Contact Gina at (651) 253-0124 or ggross73@comcast.net with questions or information.

Pepper Cooking Contest

The amateur food cooking contest is Sunday, Aug. 19, outside the North Hudson Village Hall, 1 to 3 p.m. Contestants may whip up their favorite dish containing peppers and enter this contest. There is a maximum of two entrees per person or one entrée per category per age group.

Only entrees with recipes included will be allowed to display and compete.

Registration forms can be found at www.pepperfest.org and should be filled out prior to contest start. If needed, electricity and power cords must be supplied by contestant. For more information contact Anita at (715) 381-1683.

Spaghetti & Pepper Eating Contests

The Championship Spaghetti contest begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18. Teams of five will eat one pound of spaghetti each in hopes of the top prize of $75 and a T-shirt for each winning team member. The second place team earns $50. The entry fee is $25 with sign up on Saturday, Aug. 18, in the Pepper Fest office of the Village Hall.

The Championship Hot Pepper Eating contest begins at 6 p.m. Teams of five will eat one pound of hot peppers each in hopes of the top prize of $200 and a T-shirt for each winning team member. The second place team earns $100. The entry fee is $50 with sign up on Saturday, Aug. 18, in the Pepper Fest office of the Village Hall.

Foot races

The one mile family fun walk/run, 5K and 10K runs are Saturday, Aug. 18, beginning at the North Hudson Village Hall. The 5K and 10K will be chip timed this year. The entry fee is $10 for the One Mile Fun Run, $20 for the 5K and $25 for the 10K. All participants receive a T-shirt. Trophies are awarded to the top female and male winners of each age bracket of the 10K race and to the over-all female and male winners of the 5K race.

Registration is online through Aug. 14 at www.pepperfest.org.

Candidates

Pepper Fest queen contest has 16 candidates (first eight pictured this week) vying for Pepper Fest Royalty. One queen and three princesses will be chosen Sunday, Aug. 19, at the 3:30 p.m. coronation.

Live entertainment

This year's live entertainment includes Tuscan Road on Friday beginning at 8 p.m., Bad Girlfriends (sponsored by Hudson Ford) on Saturday beginning at 8 p.m. and The Dweebs on Sunday beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Grant requests

The Pepper Festival Board is now accepting grant applications from local groups and organizations. Go to www.pepperfest.org to submit an application, or send an application to the Pepper Fest Grant Request Committee, P.O. Box 432, Hudson, WI 54016. All grant requests must be received by Monday, Aug. 13.

Grant requests must contain contact information for the group or organization, information about the group or organization, the amount being requested, and the specific use(s) the grant money will go towards.

Grants are distributed during the Pepper Festival appreciation dinner following the festival in early 2013. Those receiving grants will be notified prior to the appreciation dinner.

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