This year’s event will be Thursday, Oct. 24, at the softball field, and admission is free.
Booths are available, and businesses, professionals, churches and organizations are encouraged to rent a booth to distribute advertising and information about their businesses and organizations. The only stipulation is that each booth must provide candy to hand out free to the children in attendance.
“Last year we had about 1,000 people who came through, and about 15 booths,” said festival coordinator Tova Lee. She said she’s hoping for twice that many booths this year, and expecting an even larger crowd.
There will also be inflatables and a hayride for children, also at no cost.
“We need sponsorships so we can provide this for the children at no cost,” Lee said.
Booth rental is $10, and for $50, advertising is available on each of 100 T-shirts that will be given away to the first 100 children who arrive.
Lee said those who rent booths can feel free to decorate their tables in a Halloween or harvest theme, or to wear costumes if they wish.
Parks and Recreation Department Director Howard Smith said the event helps raise the department’s visibility in the community. “But mostly it’s a way to give back to the community by doing this free event with the help of sponsors.”
Another program the department offers for children is its after-school program, and registration is still open. Students in kindergarten through age 12 can ride the school bus to R.S. Limbaugh Community Center after school for homework time, a snack, and a craft or recreational activity. Parents must pick children up by 5:30 p.m. Registration fee is $5, and the program costs $25 a week.
For more information on these programs or to rent a booth or advertise on the fall festival T-shirts, contact Tova Lee at 256-378-6225.