Trick-or-treating 4-H style

The Covert family of London do their best impression of air dancers as they man the Fairfield Rascals 4-H Club table at the Madison County Trick or Treat event: (from left) Adam, Julie, Mark and David.

(Posted Oct. 26, 2021)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

It was raining cats and dogs–and princesses, unicorns, and superheroes–at Madison County 4-H’s Trick-or-Treat night.

On Oct. 24, approximately 450 people dodged raindrops to make their way into the Eby Arena and Coughlin Community Center at the Madison County Fairgrounds. Inside, they found activity stations, free food, and plenty of sweet treats.

Costume contest winners ranged from an infant in a crocheted fireman’s outfit to a family dressed as Scooby Doo characters. Visitors could pet an alpaca, make slime using pumpkin guts and glue, try their hand at a ring toss, and learn about local wildlife from Madison County’s state wildlife officer.

Whose afraid of pumpkin guts? Not these little ones who got a kick out of mixing pumpkin innards and glue to make pumpkin slime.

Several 4-H clubs, the London Strawberry Festival royalty, and Madison/Union Counties Early Childhood Programs were among the groups that dished out treats.

The Ohio State University Extension-Madison County 4-H program has held similar events in the past, skipping last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Frances Foos, Madison County’s Extension educator for 4-H youth development, thanked the following individuals and groups for donating money, supplies and/or time to the event: Golden Eagles Youth Sports Association, Dominos Pizza, Madison County Cattleman’s Association, Cappy’s Pizza, Mayor Patrick Closser, Patricia Stires, Madison County 4-H Committee and Madison County 4-H clubs.

Don’t worry. Madison County Wildlife officer Matt Teders (right) handed out candy, not animal pelts, at the Ohio Division of Wildlife table at the Madison County Trick or Treat event. Keeping a close eye on him is Sgt. Jacob Gibson of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.
4-H Club advisor Kevin Stockham hams it up for the camera at the Canaan Pathfinders 4-H Club table.
London Mayor Patrick Closser records for posterity his son, Maddoxx (a.k.a. Batman), petting an alpaca tended by Julia Smith, Madison County 4-H key leader for alpacas and a club advisor for the Helping Hands Happy Hearts 4-H Club.
Donning mustaches for the occasion, London Strawberry Festival royalty dished out candy from cauldrons: (front row, from left) Sarah Anderson, queen’s first attendant; Briana Peterman, queen; Trisha Hall, second attendant; (back row) Emma Anderson, junior miss; Tristiana Raub, junior first attendant.
Cutest little fireman ever? Wearing a crocheted pants and suspenders and a fireman’s hat, this wee one took home the top prize in the infant category of the costume contest.
This family took home the group costume prize for their portrayal of Scooby Doo characters.
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