(Posted Oct. 12, 2022)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Shelton Stanley, West Jefferson’s special events and recreation manager, is proud to present the village’s 2nd Annual Fall Festival, slated for 6-9 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Community Center, 230 Cemetery Rd.
“We want the community to come out and enjoy a fun-filled night,” Stanley said. “A lot of people nowadays get wrapped up in having to go pay for something. This is something we can provide to our community that’s free.”
Spooky, tasty, lively–these are apt adjectives to describe what’s on tap for the event. Starting with the spooky side of things, the Community Center will be transformed into a haunted house. This year’s theme is zombies. Tours run from 6-9 p.m. and are open to all ages. Adults must accompany children who are 12 years old or younger.
“High-school kids and some local adults, as well, have volunteered to come in and dress up for the haunted house,” Stanley said.
The same goes for the haunted hayrides which will run from 7-9 p.m.
New this year is a henna artist, balloon artist, and apple cider slushies, along with a second mechanical bull. Now, visitors have their pick of a zombie bull or a spider bull.
Returning to the activities lineup are facepainting and a deejay. Visitors are encouraged to dress in costumes to add to the Halloween/autumn atmosphere.
In addition to apple cider slushies, food offerings include hotdogs, hamburgers, s’mores, and cotton candy while supplies last.
So far, more than 40 groups and individuals have signed up to hand out candy from the trunks of their cars for trunk-or-treat from 6-8 p.m. Anyone who would like to join the lineup is asked to contact Stanley.
“We tell people to have enough candy for 1,000 kids, and most of the time they still run out of candy,” he said.
First-, second-, and third-place prizes will be awarded to the best decorated trunk-or-treat vehicles. West Jefferson Mayor Ray Martin, volunteer Bonnie Hamilton, and likely a couple of village council members will serve as judges.
Stanley appreciates everyone who pitches in as sponsors, volunteers, and supporters for the festival.
“I want to thank the mayor, village council, and all of our volunteers. Without them, none of this would be possible,” he said.
Anyone who would like to volunteer or set up for trunk-or-treat can contact Stanley at (614) 307-6543.