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(Steve Sturgis photo)by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow -Â With fall approaching quickly, it’s time to gear up for Wellington’s annual Homecoming and Fall Festival.Throughout the week, Wellington High School will be holding Spirit Week:â€¢Tuesday – Vintage Hollywood Stars.â€¢Wednesday – “On Wednesdays we wear pink.”â€¢Thursday – Favorite Movie Character.Â â€¢Friday – Red Carpet Event – Wear your Red!Don’t forget float building starts today from 6 to 8:30 p.m.and end on Wednesday.Homecoming “events” begin Thursday, Oct. 6 with the Homecoming parade at 6 p.m. downtown, and a pep rally immediately following. (See full schedule here).Friday, Oct. 7 the Homecoming football game will take place Friday with Wellington battling the Scott City Beavers. The Duchess of Wellington will be crowned at halftime. This year’s attendants include: Kayma Brand, Jaycee Schettler, Brecken Lawrence, Leanne Neal and Mallory Barker.Enjoy the Chisholm Trail BBQ Cookoff on Friday, Oct. 7 and Saturday, Oct. 8 in Heritage Park. Judging begins at 3 p.m., with People’s Choice at 5 p.m. Entry fee is $50 with prizes for pork, chicken, brisket and ribs. Prizes in each category include: 1st, $100; 2nd, $75; 3rd, $50; 4th, ribbon; 5th, ribbon; Grand Champion, $250; Reserve Grand Champion, $150; and People’s Choice Award, $100.Saturday, Oct. 8, the Fall Festival will be held downtown in Heritage Park, including cookoffs, crafts, kid’s games, and entertainment.Start off the day with a run during the Wellington Fall Fest 5K/1 Mile Run. Registration for the seventh annual event begins at 7:30 a.m. at Alison Rusk State Farm Insurance. The 5K will begin at 8:30 am. and one mile run will start at 9:30 a.m. There is a $20 fee to enter the 5K and a $10 fee to enter the one mile. Deadline to enter this event is Sept. 26, and all proceeds will benefit muscular dystrophy. Runners, joggers and walkers are all welcome to enter.Have a great recipe for salsa? The Salsa Challenge will be held at 11 a.m. in Heritage Park. There will be a $10 entry fee, and the deadline is Oct. 4. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and People’s Choice. Salsa needs to be delivered to the park by 10:45 a.m. Public tasting begins at noon.The 27th annual Chili Cookoff, with a theme of “Fairytale at the 50 (yard line)” will begin with drawing for spots at 9 a.m. There is a $25 entry fee and the deadline is Oct. 4. Public tasting begins at noon in Heritage Park. The first place chili will receive a plaque and Wellington bucks. People’s Choice Chili will be rewarded Wellington bucks.Break out your heirloom pie recipes for Grandma’s Apple Pie contest. There is a $5 entry fee, and the deadline is 5 p.m. on Oct. 4. Bring your pie to Heritage Park between noon-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. Pies that require refrigeration wll not be accepted. You must provide a copy of your recipe with name, phone number and ingredients list. First place winner will receive $50 in Wellington bucks; second place will receive $25 in Wellington bucks; and third place will win $10 in Wellington bucks.Think you can handle a mouthful of heat? Enter the Jalapeno Popper Eating Contest. Contestants will be given three minutes to eat as many jalapeno poppers as they possibly can. Participants will receive a plate of poppers, and may only eat one pepper during the first minute, then eat as many as they can during the remaining two minutes, one pepper at a time. A button is required to enter the event. Prizes are: 1st place, $50 in Wellington bucks; 2nd place, $25 in Wellington bucks; 3rd place, $10 in Wellington bucks. Deadline to enter is Oct. 5 at 5 p.m.For official rules and entry forms, visit the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce office or www.wellingtonkschamber.com.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.