Fall is going to be "Fa-BOO-lous" in Mecosta County!The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer. The warmth of the noon day sun is now a crisp, cool breeze and the greens of summer are now turning to hughes of red, yellow and orange. Yes, a change of seasons is here which means it’s a great time to start Creating Your Own Fall Adventure in Mecosta County.Hotel of the MonthHampton InnFive minutes from Ferris State University, just off Highway 131, be at home in our Big Rapids hotel. Catch a show at Williams Auditorium, or tour the Jim Crow Museum, both on the university campus. Grab free hot breakfast, and take in some Michigan nature along Hemlock Park’s Riverwalk, 10 minutes away. Fitness center access and free WiFi are yours.Look Forward to....The Big Rapids D.B.A will be hosting its annual Fall Fest on Michigan Avenue October 25 & 26. On Friday evening, from 5:30pm-7:00pm, enjoy the annual Chili Cook-Off Contest featuring your favorite local restaurants. On Saturday bring the kids downtown Big Rapids for the Children’s and Pet Costume Parade at 10:30am with Trunk-or-Treat and games to follow. The Celebrity Pumpkin Roll will kick off at 11:30am and the children’s bike raffle will be at 1:00pm.Tuba Bach is back and Playing with Music Outside of the Bachs. Enjoy Lunch Bachs at Three Girls Bakery on Saturdays, October 5, 12 & 19 from Noon – 2:00pm and then Saturday evenings at 7:00pm – 9:00pm in the Big Rapids High School Auditorium. Sunday events will also be held in the Big Rapids High School Auditorium with performances at 4:00pm – 6:00pm. All events are free.Four Green Fields Farm in Rodney is ready to aMAZE you, your family and your friends. Explore the corn maze, pumpkin patch, and horse drawn wagon rides all waiting for you! Don’t forget that on Friday and Saturday nights in October they haunt the maze for those brave souls not afraid of what lurks in a dark corn field.The regular Corn Maze is open September 28 to October 27: Saturday Noon – 5:30pm and Sundays 2:00pm-5:00pm. Cost is just $3 per person, kids under 5 free and horse drawn wagon rides only $2 per person. The Haunted Maze is open October 4 to October 26: Friday 8:00pm-10:30pm and Saturdays 8:00pm-10:30pm. Admission is $4 per person. Give them a call today at 231.580.1463.The Mecosta County CVB is proud to announce that we will be hosting singer and songwriter, John Berry at Williams Auditorium on Monday, December 9. Personal VIP Experience tickets will be available at just $25.00 each, allowing ticket holders early access to the concert (1 hour prior to doors opening) a Meet and Greet with John in the theatre, question and answer session along with an acoustical performance of 2-3 songs plus a photo and autograph session. The VIP Experience with John Berry is a 45 minute event and limited to 100 people. Concert tickets are just $35.00 per person and can be purchased online at BigRapids.org or on John Berry’s website at JohnBerry.com/tour.Upcoming EventsIt's October Already!Can you believe it’s October already? I can’t! The Summer flowers are leaving us and we begin to see pumpkins and mums popping up everywhere! Fall has a short window, get out and enjoy the beauty of the crimson, gold and red leaves appearing on the trees. Take a walk and discover all that your community has to offer. We have a lot to look forward to!Business of the MonthP & J's PlantiquesP & J's is a Antique Gift Shop, with a Huge Nursery and landscape design. All local Plants Pumpkins Holiday Trees and fresh made wreaths and crosses. Their other business and passion is a seasonal plant and landscaping enterprise. We carry an extensive variety of annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs.Shop LocalPurchase a Band of Locals Blue Band for just $10.00 and start saving with discounts and specials from local businesses.Best of all- there is no expiration date on the band! Bands can be purchased at The Old Pioneer Store and Emporium/Kilwins of Big Rapids, Mecosta County Convention & Visitors Bureau, and other participating businesses.With your Band of Locals Blue Band not only do you enjoy the benefits of specials and discounts with participating businesses in Mecosta County but also Osecola and Montcalm Counties.Focus on the Band of LocalsEvery Friday morning from 9:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. the Band of Locals has a radio segment with Steve from Sunny 97.3 hosted by Band of Locals President, Carlleen Rose. Each week different Band of Locals members are featured on air as they tell us what they're business is about and what you can expect from them! You can tune in on air at 97.3 or via Facebook Live on the Band of Locals page.What's Happening ArticleOn the first Thursday of each month the Mecosta County C.V.B and the Band of Locals partner together with a monthly article in the Pioneer Newspaper.Our monthly article highlights just a few of the wonderful events, happenings, and Band of Locals businesses throughout the community. Together, we want to make sure that everyone is well informed about your business and your latest happenings. We love promoting local!To view our article online, visit our website under MCCVB NEWS, or pick up a copy of the Pioneer the 1st Thursday of the month.Do you have an upcoming event?You can submit event information through our website, BigRapids.org by visiting the Community Events Calendar and selecting "Submit New Event" at the top of the calendar. You can also submit event information by emailing either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.Want to be featured on "Focus on Band of Locals"?Contact them via the Band of Locals Facebook page or by calling (231) 796-2502 and requesting Carlleen Rose.