REED CITY — Sara Shanks and Clayton Holmes try to support as many community events as they can. They feel a sense of pride participating in and giving back to area organizations’ festivals.

On Saturday, the pair attended the second annual Reed City Fall Festival and Chili Cook-off at the Reed City Depot. Amid brisk winds and cloudy skies, they still managed to have fun.

“We always come to the community events. They always are a lot of fun,” Shanks said.

The festival included music, hay rides, kids games, a scarecrow decorating contest and an appearance by Dynamite the Clown. Festival-goers also could sample several chili recipes in a cook off and enjoyed a hot dog lunch, with candy apples for dessert. A collection of nonperishable food items also was collected for local food pantries.

“We wanted to donate to the food drive. Events like these help out the community and bring everybody together,” Holmes said.

Krista Pelton was at the festival with her daughters, Elizabeth, 4, and Rylee, 2. They participated in the scarecrow decorating contest and played several children’s games.

“We came last year. It’s a lot of fun for the girls,” Pelton said.