That time of year is (finally) here again: Sweatshirt weather, football, harvest, Christmas decorations going up in stores… It can only mean one thing: It’s almost Halloween! Last year’s Halloween Fest was such a success that round two is in the works. Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 26th! It’s guaranteed to be another great day of fun and food .
Once again, everyone’s favorite fall vegetable, the pumpkin, will take center stage at this year’s event with activities ranging from the pumpkin people contest, pumpkin carving/decorating, pumpkin bake-off, and of course a little bit of chunkin’ scattered throughout the day.
Get your day off to a great start with a piping hot breakfast of pancakes, sausage, and eggs at the VFW building. Breakfast starts at 7:00 and goes until 9:30. There will also be wine tasting at the Countreestore from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. What could be better than a hot breakfast followed by an afternoon of sipping regional wines you wonder? Let me not leave you in suspense any longer!
Most of the Halloween Fest’s events will again be held at the “Commons” area. Get into character an grab your prize-winning pumpkin and bring your appetite and sense of adventure for a great afternoon and evening full of fun.
Got a sweet tooth or know someone who does? Enter your best pumpkin or squash baked pie, cookies, bread or other baked item in the Baked Pumpkin/Squash
Contest. There is no entry fee but entrants should bring one baked good for the contest judging and one to sell at the dessert auction. Last year, there were some HOTLY contested items in the auction, and we expect nothing less this year. For example, if entering cookies, entrants should bring one dozen cookies for the contest AND one dozen to auction off. Judges will be on hand to judge the baked goods.
1:00 PM also marks the beginning of entries being accepted for both the chili cook-off (yum!) and the pumpkin people contest. Both of these events were great successes last year, and it’s exciting to think who may show up in pumpkin form this year. There’s no fee to enter either the pumpkin people contest or the chili cook-off. Electricity will be available once more for the chili cook-off, and for a small fee, you can taste the entries yourself!
For the little ones, there will be kids games throughout the afternoon starting at 3:00 PM, Halloween storytelling with Winfield’s new librarian (who assures us that there will be stories un-spooky enough for the littlest ghosts and goblins, too), and the Halloween favorite, the costume contest. There are categories for adults, for kids, for groups, so there’s no excuse to not come dressed as your favorite super-hero, your favorite cartoon character, or any number of other things. Let’s try to out-dress last year’s bunch!
The annual bonfire and hot dog roast start at 5:00 PM. You can eat the dessert you purchased at the auction with your fire-roasted hot dogs, and once you’ve finished that, you can set off on either the haunted or un-haunted hayrack rides. The un-haunted rides will get underway at around 5:30 PM while the haunted rides will begin at dusk, so if you love being scared to death—or if you don’t, there’s a hayrack ride for you!
Trick-or-Treating will be on Thursday, October 31st, from 6 to 8 PM.