MIDLOTHIAN — The Midlothian Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Fall Festival and Christelle Moser Memorial 5K Run Saturday, Oct. 15. The Fall Festival is from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and registration for the 5K run opens at 7 a.m. with the run beginning at 8 a.m.

“We encourage everyone from the community to come out to this year’s Fall Festival and 5K Run for a day full of fun, exercise, great food, entertainment and shopping,” Chamber president Sara Garcia said. “The festival grows every year and this year is no exception.”

The fall festival will feature local entertainment and demonstrations from Stage Door School of Dance, Dayme’s Yoga and Massage Studio, Liberty Cheer, All About Dance, Cross Martial Arts Center and Spirit Cheer Academy.

“The Chamber is accepting electronics from the community for recycling at this year’s festival,” Garcia said.

There is no charge for computers, monitors, small batteries and car batteries, house appliances, power supplies, wiring and cables. There is a $1 per inch charge for televisions.

“Another new addition we’re hoping to add this year is a Panther Alley with students organizations, PTOs and booster clubs,” Garcia said.

Midlothian ISD Public Relations Coordinator Jana Hathorne said that the district is encouraging student organizations and other groups to participate by running a booth on Panther Alley. However, there were no confirmed booths as of press time.

As in previous years, local vendors and other local businesses will set up booths and sell arts and crafts such as Scentsy products, various gift and Christmas items, jewelry, metal work, children’s boutique. Some attractions for children include bounce houses, face painting and pony rides.

Some of the concession items served at the festival include drinks and refreshments, BBQ, hot dogs, sausage, Frito pie and chili wraps, turkey legs, Italian ice, longhorn kettle corn and tornado taters, which are fried potatoes on a stick.

For the sixth consecutive year, the Chamber will host a 5K Run. This year’s run is in memory of Chistelle Moser. The Chamber of Commerce website states, “Christelle joined the community of Midlothian in 2005, winning the hearts of many with her enthusiasm, energy and spirit. Many vividly remember her past participation in the 5K, as she quickly finished the race, and then repeatedly went back to encourage her running mates. She ran the final stretch with each member of her team to help them finish the run. We mourned the unexpected loss of Christelle in 2008. The community remembers her zeal for life and her ability to inspire and encourage others.”

Awards will be given to the top male and female runners finishing in first, second and third place for each of the age groups, which are divided into four-year spans (11-13, 14-19, 20-29, … 70 and over). A first place overall for male and female runners will also be awarded.

This year’s 5K Run will once again include the Rowdy Runners team from local elementary schools under the direction of J.R. Irvin Physical Education teacher Ryan Timm.

“We had 40 elementary students from Irvin participate last year. This year we have elementary students from every campus participating, so I can’t imagine how many children we will have for the Rowdy Runners team,” Garcia said. “We love to have our elementary students to get out, have fun and exercise. Everyone who participates is a winner and gets a ribbon.”

According to the 5K Run website, teams are encouraged and require a minimum of five entries per team. The three best runners’ times will be used to determine awards. Teams with more than five runners should remember that recognition is limited to the top-five team members.

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