By Jan Boston Sellers
Pumpkins candy and costumes… oh, my! It is beginning to look a lot like Halloween around the county. As a result, there are a host of alternative activities planned for the big holiday night as well as several pre-Halloween activities.
Cumberland Mountain State Park, off Hwy. 127 S, will kick off the holiday events with a huge event this Saturday, Oct. 26. Action will begins at 3 p.m. and will last until 7 p.m. and will include hayrides, face painting, costume contest, refreshments at the recreation lodge and the annual candy distribution from 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. This is a free event!
Autumn Acres, just off I-40 on Bair Road in Cumberland County, is one of the area’s must see places for families. Featuring corn mazes, pirates playgrounds, chicken coops, a straw crawl and a host of other activities as well as concessions and souvenirs, this is a great place for the entire family to have some fall fun. The website address is www.autumnacres.org if you need more information.
The TAD Center’s annual “Say Boo to Drugs” party is slated for Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. This free event features a 4:30 p.m. costume contest, with a $100 cash prize to first-place winner; $75 to second; $50 to third; and $25 to the fourth-place winner. Say Boo to Drugs will also include bobbing for apples, free treat bags for all participants and other games and contests. There is no admission fee and costumes are not required to participate. Call the TAD Center at 456-2859 for more information.
Say Boo to Drugs is held each year in conjunction with the annual Red Ribbon Week Celebration, which begins on Sunday. Red Ribbon Week is set aside each year to allow United States communities to show their support for drug free endeavors.
On Wednesday, Oct. 30, the Cumberland County Community Complex, also known as the Cumberland County Fairgrounds, will be the site of Cumberland Fellowship Church’s annual Fall Festival. It will begins at 6 p.m. and feature games, prizes and more.
Halloween evening activities will include the annual trunk or treat hosted by Linary Church of Christ, beginning at 6 p.m. The 2013 installment will also feature inflatables and pumpkin painting. Linary is on Old Hwy. 28 just off of Hwy. 127 S. Central Baptist Church on South Main Street will host its annual trunk and treat. Kids may walk through the parking lot of the church and show off their costumes as they “trick or treat” at vehicles. Trunk or treat will begin at 5:30 p.m. and last until 7:30 p.m. at Central Baptist on Halloween night.
Reminder: If you are going door to door this Halloween, please follow these safety tips:
• Make sure costumes are visible in the dark so children are easily seen.
• Check all candy before eating it.
• Knock only at lighted houses.
• Watch for trick or treaters on the roads and report any suspicious activities to law enforcement.
The 2013 CCHS Jet Homecoming activities culminate Friday night with the crowning of a new homecoming queen and class competition winners being announced. The Jets have celebrated all week with dress-up days, banner contests and even the annual homecoming parade (If you are reading this on Thursday afternoon, the parade will step off at 5:30 p.m. from CCHS and make its way down Main St.). The Jets will host Grundy County while the Stone Memorial High School Panthers will travel to Sparta to face the Warriors.
The University of Tennessee Vols will be in some rough territory Saturday as they face the No. one ranked Alabama Crimson Tide on their home turf. This comes after upsetting the South Carolina Gamecocks at Neyland Stadium last Saturday. The Vols won on a field goal, just after my favorite Vol, true freshman Marquez North, snags a 39-yard, one-handed catch. Kickoff will be at 2:30 p.m.
It is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Cumberland County’s Avalon Center is hosting its third and final “Stock the Shelter” event this Saturday at Food City in Fairfield Glade. The event will begin at 9 a.m. and last until 2 p.m. Avalon is requesting donations for its shelter such as shampoo, soaps, toilet paper, paper towels etc.