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Downtown fall festival geared toward children
Jack-O-Lanterns event will include parade of costumes

Trick-or-Treaters have the opportunity to double their fun this year in Thomson. Two days before Halloween, the Chamber of Commerce and McDuffie business owners are holding a small fall festival downtown called "Jack-O-Lanterns on Journal Street."

"It's going to give the children a chance to wear their costumes and show them off, and will just be a safe, fun time for families," said Carolyn Gilbert, the director of the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce.

The small park between the Knox Shopping Center and Journal Street and the one on Main Street between Cornerstone Bakery and the Thomson Cinema will be decorated for fall. Surrounding business owners will have candy to pass out. Mrs. Gilbert said businesses not located downtown may set up a booth, as can home-based businesses or crafters.

"There's no fee, but they must provide and pass out candy to the kids," she added.

Children can break out in goose bumps as they listen to ghost stories in the parks. Games and activities also will be available.

They can continue their scary fun at the Family Y130, where rooms will be set up as a kid-friendly haunted house. The Y130 also will give small ghosts and goblins the chance to stir up some witch's brew, according to Family Y Activities Director Cori Johnson.

The museum will be open during the festival that night with a jack-o-lantern display from local schoolchildren.

Museum Director Jenny Lindsay said the museum has jack-o-lantern templates available for children to take home and a printout of the real history of Halloween.

The pumpkin feast will not be for the eyes only -- the Big Dipper Ice Cream shop will have pumpkin-flavored ice cream that night.

Jack-O-Lanterns on Journal begins at 5:30 and ends at 8 p.m. on Oct. 29 in downtown Thomson. A costume contest and costume parade down Journal Street will be at 7 p.m.

Admission and activities are free. For more information, call the Chamber of Commerce at (706) 597-1000.

Web posted on Thursday, October 08, 2009

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