Article Originally written by Brad Stacy
It’s nearing the end of October which means anticipation is running rampant among area youth regarding upcoming Halloween festivities.
Thousands will take to the streets of Rowan County next week hoping to fill their bag with goodies from community residents.
Trick-or-Treat in Rowan County is set for Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Another treat fest, “Just Say Boo to Drugs,” will also be that Tuesday at the Laughlin Health Building on Morehead State University’s campus from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
In the event’s seventh year, it will feature more than 80 businesses and organizations distributing Halloween candy and gifts to more than 1,000 kids.
“We are confident it’s going to be bigger and better than last year,” said Jeff Fannin, event organizer. “We are adding a few more events for the kids and we know some of the businesses will be going all out this year.”
The event is an alternative to door-to-door trick-or-treating that provides children valuable information on the dangers of drug use.
“The kids are our main priority, especially their safety,” said Fannin. “We started this years ago so everyone is more comfortable with this holiday. You know the kids are going to get safe candy in a safe atmosphere.”
Bouncy houses will be available at no charge for the kids after they have gathered their treats.
MSU’s dance team and cheerleaders will be on-site performing to entertain trick-or-treaters while they wait in line.
Fannin said this year a special emphasis has been made on making sure the line moves quickly and efficiently.
Those hoping to distribute treats are asked to be at the site by 5 p.m. to set up tables and decorations. Tables are not to exceed 8 feet long. Clean-up afterwards is also expected.
Gifts should be appropriate for children up to 12 years of age.
To register as a community group, Fannin asks you contact him as soon as possible at Good Shepherd’s Printing on West Main Street or via telephone.
You can also contact Tracy Williams with the Morehead-Rowan County Chamber of Commerce by email with the name of the group, a contact person and phone number and any additional information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“This is a perfect opportunity to showcase your business, organization or church, while we give back to the community and most of all, let the kids know to just say ‘boo’ to drugs,” said Jeff Fannin, event organizer.
Just Say Boo is sponsored by Bluebank First Church of God, the Morehead-Rowan County Chamber of Commerce and MSU.
“It’s really a community effort,” Fannin said. “All the organizations coming together really makes this event happen.”
For more information call Williams at 784-6221 or Fannin at 784-2858.
Read our News to Use section in upcoming issues for other community events occurring throughout the month.
Brad Stacy can be reached at email@example.com or by telephone at 784-4116.
This article was originally posted on The Morehead News.