‘Cabin Fever Reliever Party’ set for Saturday

IRONS – If the winter blues have got you down and you are itching for any taste of spring you can get, the Irons Area Tourist Association has your solution.

The association will host its third annual “Cabin Fever Reliever Party” on Saturday at Skinner Park Hall, 5074 10 1/2 mile road in Irons.

The event starts with a chili cook-off at 6 p.m., with all entrants due by 5:45 p.m. and participants are asked to submit a full crock pot of chili. There will be trophies and prizes for first, second and third prize, according to Paul Suits of the Iron Area Tourist Association. Last year’s chill cook-off featured 22 entrants

The “Cabin Fever Reliever Party” portion of the event starts at 7 p.m.. with admission being $7 or $5 if attendees bring three non-perishable food items. All donated food items and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Irons Union Church.

With the official start of spring just a few weeks away, Suits said that the event is a great way for people to shake the so-called “cabin fever” of being inside all winter.

“(The “Cabin Fever Reliever”) gives people a good reason to get out of the house after being inside for three months,” he said. “Also, to raise funds for and collect food for the Irons Union Church.”

Pastor Stephen Tschannen of the Irons Union Church said the food collection is a great help to the church’s food pantry program.

“Every Thursday we have a free luncheon and then we’ll give away a box of food or a bag of food to anybody requests or we’ll just the give it away to anyone who needs it,” Tschannen said. “In the past, its been a truck bed full of food, so that’s about 400 or 500 pounds of non-perishable food.”

With the event in its third year, Suits feels it is generating a good buzz in the community.

“We had about 40 people the first year, 150 last year, if we can about 200 or more we’ll be thrilled,” Suits said.

The event will not sell beverages and attendees are encourages to bring their own beverages and coolers will be allowed.

The event will also feature live music from Onager beginning at 8 p.m.. Onager describes themselves as “West Michigan’s premier classic rock/variety band” and more information on the band can be found on their website www.onagerband.com.

Free chili and dessert will be available for all attendees are the party is scheduled to last until midnight.

For more information on the Irons Area Tourist Association, visit www.ironsarea.com.