This year’s festival carried a new moniker, OktoberWeen, but many familiar and favorite activities were back, including pumpkin carving, costume parade, games, face painting, music and a chili cook off. Afterwards, families camped overnight in Meadow Park.
All participating deserve a huge thank you. Janie Bailey (chair), Dominique Gignac, other members of the Social Committee and other community volunteers worked hard to make this year’s event successful.
Thanks also to Communication Committee photographer Ted Smith. Ted captured many fine OktoberWeen highlights with his camera and provided these additional observations from his time wandering through the crowds.
From start to finish, continuous music was played by the DJ. His various selections included an OktoberWeen favorite, “Monster Mash”.
“Ghostbusters” made a lively sound track for the costume parade.
Games and crafts were enjoyed by folks of all ages.
Face painting was very popular. One American-Indian brave was decorated with peace paint to his delight.
A Chili cook-off allowed folks to sample two different styles of Chili.
Carved or decorated pumpkins were on display and prizes were awarded to those judged to be the most Halloweenish.
In addition to these festivities two young wizards who are school mates of Harry Potter were there with an owl and a king snake. The wizards are authentic, certified members of the wizards, witches and warlocks union. They represented the Piedmont Wildlife Center and accepted donations to support their various programs.
As though all this was not enough, dinner was served and there were plenty of Brats, hot dogs, sauerkraut and the rest of the fixings for all. Desserts were also plentiful.
Here are many more scenes from 2014 OktoberWeen. (Click an image to start the slideshow.)
Sponsored by the Social Committee
Contact: Janie Bailey, Social Committee Chair, janiembailey1035 [at] yahoo.com