Halloween activities around the area

By LAKEADRA COFFEY,

Modern Woodman of America is sponsoring the annual scarecrow decorating contest, and judging will be October 25.

Many area businesses and organizations have already planning their scarecrows or already have them on display.

Matt Bennett with Modern Woodman of America said he’s seen several businesses, residents and organizations have their scarecrows on display, and they look great.

“It’s great to see all of the hard work. It’s makes Winona look festive,” Bennett said. “It looks like the fall season around here.”

There are be three divisions in the contest – residential, business, and organization.  Judging will be on Friday, October 25, but participants are encouraged to build their scarecrow earlier so citizens can enjoy the fall decorations.

This year’s judges will be two young residents of Carroll and Montgomery Counties, but they’ll need a little help getting around because they can’t drive yet.

“The judges will be Dean Ferguson and Lillie Claire Bennett,” Bennett said.

Ferguson, 6, and Bennett, 4, will decide which scarecrow they like the best. There will be a first, second, and third place winners for each category.

“The winners will get their picture in the newspaper with me and the first place winner will receive a trophy,” Bennett said.

In Winona, the Winona Main Street is the presenting sponsor for the annual Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31 in downtown Winona. The trunk or treat will begin at 7 p.m. Booth spaces for the festival are no charge, and all items at the booth must be free. Nothing can be for sale. All food, activities and games must be free.

Trunks will be lined up along the south end of Front Street, and the festival will be on the north end.

“I’m looking forward to the Fall Festival. It was a lot of fun last year and I think it’s going to be a huge turnout this year.”

To learn about the Fall Festival sponsorship opportunities, booth registration information or register a trunk for the trunk-or-treat, contact Calbrina Woods at 662-753-1659.

In Carroll County, the Towns of Carrollton and North Carrollton will celebrate Halloween on Thursday, October 31. There will be also be Trunk or Treats held at the Carrollton Methodist Church and at the Carrollton Baptist Church. North Carrollton Baptist Church will also participate with Carrollton for trunk or treat. The town of North Carrollton will also join Carrollton for the activities on Halloween.

In Vaiden, the Town of Vaiden will host a Trunk-or-Treat, Thursday Oct. 31 along Lee Street. Please call the Vaiden City Hall at 662-464-5266 for more information.

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