Buchanan's annual winter event promises a 'thrill'

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BUCHANAN, Mich. Buchanan's Thrill on the Hill event is happening this Friday evening.

“It’s a winter time event,” explains Buchanan, Michigan City Manager Bill Marx. “I don't know how many people have gotten out and actually enjoyed any of this winter weather we've had this year, but this an opportunity.

This opportunity is known all around Buchanan for Thrill on the Hill.

This small community of 4,600 people may be known to some as the Redbud City, but it does have a unique feature that stands above the rest.

“Our main street, it's called Front Street, and it's blessed with a very steep hill,” Marx says.

And this hill sets the stage for what is now a January tradition.

The hill is open for use from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday. Then is shut down for a couple hours while they prepare the hill for an adults only midnight ride.

For a small fee, you can enjoy the festivities, and they will even provide the tubes.

It costs $3 for a wristband, and that's for general admission from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the midnight run is $5.

Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. you can go down the hill as many times as you want for $3.

The money generated stays right in the community.

The money then goes toward expenses, but also goes to the Buchanan Area Recreational Board, or BARB as it is known, which ends up going funding parks.

The 600 foot adrenaline rush is just one of the many family friendly events at this year's Thrill on the Hill.

Other events include the little thrill, a snow cave, and a fire pit for making s'mores, and Frosty will be there to take pictures with the kids.

The Thrill was put together to be fun for the community and to bring the community out to give them something to do.

Area businesses are now joining in on the fun.

Many bars and restaurants in downtown Buchanan are running food and drink specials through the weekend festivities.

You can find more information on their Facebook page, just click on the Big Red Bar for a link.

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