Orion Fall Festival is more than three days of fun as the summer winds down. The annual Labor Day event raises money for charity within the Orion school district.
Since its beginning in 1972, Orion Fall Festival has disbursed almost $775,000 in grants to the community.
For the 2016-2017 fiscal year, festival grants totaling $21,688.46 were made to individuals and community groups within the Orion school district.
Grants made to individuals totaled $16,547.74, and community groups received $5,130.72.
The Orion Fall Festival is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization. A steering committee including representatives of community organizations works with volunteers to sponsor the festival every Labor Day weekend.
Funds raised are returned to the school district, which includes Orion, Osco, Andover and Lynn Center.
The funds serve the medical needs of individuals and community needs such as fire and ambulance equipment and park improvements.
While grants to individuals are private and not disclosed, community groups benefited and activities receiving funds included Orion Boy Scouts, Orion Music Boosters, the Bill Dahl Memorial Easter Egg Hunt, Orion Area Food Pantry (food baskets), Main Street Orion (Christmas activities) and Orion After Prom.
The 45th Orion Fall Festival will be held Labor Day weekend, Friday, Sept. 1, through Sunday, Sept. 3.
Activities continue all day Saturday and into Sunday until 6 p.m. Most events are in Central Park.
Weekend activities include a food tent, arts and crafts show, carnival, children’s activities, parade, car show, Miss Main Street Orion pageant, talent show.
Admission to all events is free.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/orionfallfestival.