Thousands expected at Autumn Fest
by John Conley
Thousands are expected to pour into downtown Pineville this Saturday evening for the annual Autumn Fest, a fall celebration with a Halloween flavor.
“We usually get 3,000 to 3,500 people,” said Pineville Mayor Tim Ellison. “We want to make this one the best ever, and I’m hoping for a great crowd against this year. Last year’s was the biggest we’ve had.”
The Wyoming County LPN Program gets everyone in the mood with Haunted Sanitorium starting this Thursday from 6 tp 10 p.m. at the Cook’s Hardware Store in Pineville.
Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for children 12 and under and $18 for groups of six.
It continues on Friday and Saturday night. All proceeds go to the LPN Program.
Festival hours are from 5 to 10:30 p.m.
Main Street will be closed to traffic at 2 p.m., and vendors are required to set up by 4 p.m.
Bullet Proof will provide musical entertainment.
Line up for Halloween tailgating starfs on Bank Street.
In addition to the haunted house, activities include jumping houses for children, the annual chili tasting contest, pumpkin carving and painting, a cake walk, hay rides, and an assortment of awards (see related story on this page).
Vendors have until this Thursday to register to participate. After that, Ellison noted, spaces will be provided on a first come, first served basis.
“I think the family atmophere is a reason for its success,” Ellison commented. “Everything is free to the public.
“The word of mouth has also been important, and apparently we must be doing something right,” he added.
Awards will be given in several categories at the 2012 Pineville Autumn Fest, including:
Costume contest winners for age 5 and under for best overall, scariest, best character and cutest.
In the age 6 and over division, winners will be chosen in best overall, scariest, best character and cutest.
In the adult division, there will be first, second and third place winners.
The chili cook off will include awards for the top three places in chili tasting as well as honors for the spiciest and People’s Choice.
There will be winners recognized in pumpkin carving (top three) and booth decorating (top three) as well.
Prizes will be presented to winners.
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