Smiling to scared, Fall Festival visitors enjoy fun night out

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Joey Rings (left) and Haylee Rings race through the straw maze at the West Jefferson Fall Fest held on Oct. 23 at the Community Center.

(Posted Oct. 25, 2021)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Costumed revelers flocked to the West Jefferson Community Center Oct. 23 for the village’s expanded Fall Festival. What did visitors like best? The zombie mechanical bull, the straw maze, the haunted hayrides, the haunted house, the food, trunk or treat?

“I’d have to say they liked everything,” said Shelton Stanley, West Jefferson’s special events and recreation manager. “Everything was just packed because of the amount of people we had.”

Dressed at Cruella de Vil from the Disney favorite, “101 Dalmatians,” Amber Fry (right) hands out treats at her dog-themed trunk or treat station.

Stanley was thankful for the opportunity to put on the event, the people who enjoyed it, and the volunteers who helped to make it happen.

“It was tremendous to see everybody coming together and being able to talk with one another–you know, feel normal again,” he said. “COVID has put a damper on things the last couple of years, but you could tell everyone was enjoying their time out of the house on Saturday night.”

Stanley thanked several individuals, companies and organizations for their assistance with the event. Buddy’s Flooring and Trainer Redd’s donated tons of candy. A host of helpers put the “haunted” in haunted house: Hayley Hall, Tiffany Herrel, Billy Holden, Nicole Jacob, Amy O’Malley, Bobbee Jo Skull, Liz Teeters, and Front Row West Jeff. Students from Jefferson Local Schools served as spooky actors for both the haunted house and the haunted hayrides.

Kelcey Moore, Dana Bartoe and Bonnie Hamilton coordinated trunk-or-treat which featured a whopping 38 cars, their trunks decorated for the occasion with owners handing out treats. Linda and Keith Collins handled parking. Jodie Pearson donated money for food. Many community members donated decorations and props.

Among those serving as spooky actors for the haunted house and haunted hayrides were Jefferson Local Schools students: (from left) Santino Carnevale, Arianna Frybarger, Leanna Kovalchik, Jozlynn Postle, Austyn Cordle, and Mia Campbell.

“My biggest thing is that the kids have fun and the families enjoy themselves,” Stanley said.

Upcoming events include a shop hop featuring local businesses at the Community Center on Nov. 27. A Snowflake Dance for children in grades 6 and younger will take place sometime in December. Watch for details at “Village of West Jefferson Parks and Recreation” on Facebook.

Look at all those happy faces enjoying the West Jefferson Fall Festival.
He doesn’t have a lot of meat on his bones, but this T-Rex still knows how to scare. He and other creepy creatures populated the haunted house.

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