Fun upcoming events in Conrad

By Melissa Huber, I-O Reporter

October is going to be an active time for the city of Conrad. With events like Harvest Festival and the Harlem Ambassadors coming your way, you won’t want to miss a thing. Here’s a rundown of what is happening in our little town in the coming months.

The Motor Show, Chili Cook-Off, live entertainment, a Kid’s Carnival, and lots of street vendors are just a few of the things to expect at Harvest Festival, which kicks off on Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. on Main Street. You can register for both the Motor Show and Chili Cook-Off by contacting Executive Director Barbie Killion at Conrad Chamber of Commerce at 271-7791. Participants can also stop in, or e-mail Killion at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Motor Show will feature antique, classic, vintage, custom, muscle, special interest pickups, motorcycles, rods, tractors and much more. Pre-registration is not required but appreciated. For more information contact the Conrad Chamber Office.

If you have a famous chili recipe you’ve been dying to share or something new that you know people have just got to try, then sign up for the Harvest Festival Chili Cook-Off. The cook-off is open to both individual participants and team competitors, and the reward for your culinary efforts will be the new traveling trophy that names you as best chili cook in Conrad and $100 in Chamber gift certificates. You can sign up at the Conrad Chamber office or pick up a registration at Gary and Leo’s IGA.

The internationally acclaimed Harlem Ambassadors will be in town on Oct. 28 in the CHS gymnasium at 7 p.m. This fun packed show features the Harlem Ambassadors as they show off their Harlem-style basketball skills against Conrad’s very own Chamber Challengers which will be made up of local talent. Come support our team as they take on the Harlem Ambassadors, and stay for a show complete with high-flying slam dunks, comedy routines and ball-handling tricks that are sure to wow the crowd. All proceeds from ticket sales go straight back into our community to help fund local programs and services.

The Chamber luncheon on Oct. 9 will host Llew Jones and Rob Cook as the guest speakers. They will take on the subject of Dark Money. Gavin Grammer’s senior PAD class will also be in attendance, and as always the public is invited as well.

Nov. 13, Derek VanLuchene, from Ryan United, will speak at the Chamber meeting regarding the subject of safety. Speaking on behalf of the RU SAFE Communities program which works closely with local law enforcement, corrections officials and community leaders, VanLuchene will cover topics that include, sex offender awareness, online safety, and home safety.

The abduction, sexual assault and subsequent murder of VanLuchene’s brother Ryan prompted him to start Ryan United. The organization works to educate communities about sex offenders while also testifying for legislation to tighten laws ensuring sex offenders are held accountable.

Executive Director Killion strongly encourages the public to attend this presentation as the information is important for our community to understand.

Also don’t forget Conrad’s Homecoming on Oct. 10 and 11. There will be a parade, as per usual, and a morning pep rally at the high school with fun skits. Later, don’t miss the King and Queen crowning.

Keep your eyes open for more events to come. The Chamber is always putting on something special, and you won’t want to miss any of the fun and informative things they have in store.