Fall Frenzy Features S’Mores, Outdoor Adventures And More

Drew Cross tested out a fat-tire bike from CycleWerks on the backside of the sledding hill last year.
The limestone bouldering wall will be open for climbers of all skill levels to test out. MIRROR PHOTOS BY KAREN GERHARDINGER

BY KAREN GERHARDINGER | MIRROR REPORTER — With kayaking, canoeing, cycling, archery, bubble ball and bouldering planned for the Saturday, October 21 Fall Frenzy at Blue Creek Metro-park, calories are sure to be burned, but at noon that day, the goal will be to get at least 500 outdoor enthusiasts to stand still long enough to slowly toast – not burn – a marshmallow and consume a s’more at the same time. That would beat the Guinness World Record of 453, set in Rocklin, Calif., in August 2016, said Metro-parks Toledo special events manager Ruth Griffin. Dozens of volunteers will build a long fire in the gravel area in the upper parking lot behind the soccer fields, so s’mores chefs can line up along each side. Several Metroparks volunteers will be judges and official scorekeepers to track results for the Guinness World Record. All marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers are provided. The idea started with Manor House volunteers, who commented about the sheer number of guests who thrilled at making s’mores by the campfire – nearly 12,000 a year. “S’mores are very Metroparky,” Griffin said. To register for the Guinness S’more event, visit www.metroparkstoledo.com. Last year, the Metroparks, village of Whitehouse and Anthony Wayne Youth Foundation hosted Discover the Quarry to get Northwest Ohioans to see all of the opportunities around the large quarry, including paddling sports, fishing, hiking, cycling and climbing on the limestone rock wall. “Last year, we just wanted people to know the quarry was there,” Griffin said. “Over 2,000 people showed up that day. This year we hope we’ll blow that number out of the water.” This year’s Fall Frenzy will include plenty of activities for all ages, including games led by AWYF and the Anthony Wayne Commun-ity YMCA, said Barb Knisely, Whitehouse community development coordinator. Cycle Werks will bring a selection of winter riding bikes including mountain, fat tire, plus bikes and Eliptigo. Test them out on the shorter side of the sledding hill or paths nearby, said Cycle Werks co-owner Julie Theroux. Bubble soccer will be held in the soccer fields, free for the first 60 to sign up for a time slot at www.awcommunity.com. The village is hosting a chili cook-off contest, open to all individuals, restaurants and organizations. Two of the four entries so far include Tony Packo’s and Share Our Grounds. Purchase a voting right for $1.00 per ticket to taste and determine the best Fall Frenzy recipe. The winning entry will receive a cash prize of half the proceeds. The remainder will be donated to the Veterans Memorial Park.

Siblings Jeremy, Serena and Evelyn Michael joined other family members for a kayaking class hosted by the Metroparks in August. Kayaking and canoeing on the quarry will be available during the October 21 Fall Frenzy.

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