Halloween Downtown features pumpkin carving contest
by Charles Warner Editor
UNION — This year’s Halloween Downtown will offer not only candy for little trick or treaters, but also games, entertainment and a pumpkin carving contest for all ages.
As in previous years, Halloween Downtown will be held on Main Street in downtown Union on Halloween with local businesses handing out candy to trick or treating children. While this tradition will continue, Union County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Torance Inman said this year’s Halloween Downtown will offer a lot more for both children and adults.
“We are participating with the Union County Recreation Department and the YMCA in expanding our Halloween Downtown event,” Inman said. “Usually, we have downtown merchants and businesses and some other local businesses distribute candy to children for an hour on Halloween.
“This year we want to add some games and activities as well as some entertainment,” he said. “There will be a hay bale maze on the courthouse lawn. There will be several locations on Main Street with corn toss games where the children can receive a prize and/or candy. The YMCA will have additional games set up in the County Annex parking lot. Miss Elaine’s Dance Studio will have a Halloween dance routine on Main Street.”
Inman said this year’s Halloween Downtown will also feature a pumpkin carving contest.
“There will be two categories, one for children ages 12 and under, and the other will be for 13 and up to include adults,” Inman said. “We encourage pumpkin carving artists and those who just want to have fun to enter the contest.
“Judging will be done by the public as they bring their children downtown and pass the pumpkins on display,” he said. “Each adult will have the opportunity to vote for one in each category.”
In the 12 and under category, participants may be assisted by a parent or guardian, but those in the 13 and over category must carve their pumpkin on their own. Each participant is responsible for supplying and carving his or her own pumpkin with only one entry per person.
Inman said that the Union County Arts Council will receive the pumpkins and register the carvers on Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 3-6 p.m. and on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 10 a.m.-noon. Those who want to register in advance may pick up their registration forms at the arts council, 116 E. Main St.; at the the chamber, 135 W. Main St.; or the recreation department, 111 Thomas St.
All entries will be on display in the windows of a store building at 130 E. Main St.
While Halloween Downtown will offer expanded opportunities for fun for children and their families, Inman said it also offers businesses that have not participated in the past the opportunity to do so. He said churches are also urged to participate.
“We encourage businesses — not just those on Main Street — and churches to come and set up a table or display and distribute goodies to the children,” Inman said. “We are already having a good response from a number of businesses and churches. We would like to fill Main Street up so we can fill up the bags of children and provide them with a fun, safe, entertaining event.”
For more information contact the Union County Chamber of Commerce at 864-427-9039.
Editor Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, ext. 14, or by email at email@example.com
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