By JOEL McNEECE
There are a number of fall festivals and Halloween-themed events over the next two weeks in Calhoun County beginning with Octoberfest on the Calhoun City Square Thursday night.
Octoberfest will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20 and include lots of kids’ games, a giant slide, a cake walk, concessions, and the annual costume contest sponsored by the New Century Club.
Registration for the costume contest will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the gazebo. Contest judging will begin at 6 p.m.
Octoberfest is open to anyone who wants to set up a booth. The only cost is a $20 fee per booth.
For more information call the Calhoun City Chamber at 628-6990 or Mandy Suber 983-5539.
Bruce’s Fall Festival on South Newberger Street including “Trunk-or-Treat” will be Saturday, Oct. 22 from 5-7 p.m.
Activities are intended for sixth graders and under. In addition to the annual “trunk-or-treating” there will be games, a giant slide, food and more. There is no admission charge. There will be some minimal charges for various activities and food.
The event is hosted by the Fine Arts Club, 20th Century Club, GRACE Club, and Bruce Fine Arts Juniorettes.
The Twentieth Century Club of Bruce will also be sponsoring a costume contest at the Fall Festival. Registration starts at 5:30 p.m. with judging at 6 p.m. The contest is open to children sixth grade and under. Prizes will be awarded in each age group. There is no entry fee.
A Fall Decorating Contest will be judged by the Twentieth Century Club on Monday, Oct. 24 beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Competition is open to all Bruce residents for the categories of Best Yard and Best Door. An award will be given to the Best Decorated Business as well.
Winners in the second annual contest will be announced in the Calhoun County Journal.
MHV Homemakers will host a “Holiday Bazaar” Thursday, Oct. 27 at the Multi Purpose Building in Pittsboro.
No fee for participation, however all clubs, organizations, and individuals interested in participating must register in advance for booth space on a first come basis.
Contact Millie Goforth at 628-6260 for info. Demonstrations will presented during the day, and the Happy Homemakers Club will have lunch and concessions available.
Next weekend the Vardaman Fire Department will host its first Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 29.
The event will feature kids’ games, a political rally, womanless beauty review and other live entertainment.
Armbands will be sold for $10 for access to the various games including bobbing for apples, ring and bean bag toss, face painting, football throw, go fish, bowling, pick up ducks, dart throw, pie throwing and more.
All proceeds from the event will go toward the fire department.
The largest annual fall festival is traditional the Calhoun Academy Halloween Carnival scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 29.
The carnival will begin at 5 p.m. with the silent auction lasting until 7:30 p.m.
A live auction featuring furniture, electronics and much more will begin at 8 p.m.
A number of raffles, including a chance at a 4-wheeler or $5,000 cash, and plenty of food options and lots of games will be available for all.