Richmond Kiwanis Supports Richmond Halloween Hoe Down
The Kiwanis Club of Richmond contributed $1,000 to the Richmond Parks and Recreation Department to help bring back the Richmond/Madison County Halloween Hoe Down. Hundreds of children, most in costume, participated in this annual event.
In addition to the financial support provided by the local Kiwanis club, Kiwanians also operated several games and gave prizes and candy to the children who participated in these games. The games included a Pumpkin bean bag toss, a Ghost Bingo, a Ghost and Witch bean bag toss, and a Jack-O-Lantern bean bag toss,
Five members of the Model High School Key Club joined the local Kiwanians to help run the games for the children. Key Club is a Kiwanis sponsored organization and is the largest high school service club in the world. For additional information on the Key Club see: http://www.keyclub.org/home.aspx
Following is also an article published by the Richmond Register which provides additional details about the Halloween Hoe Down
RICHMOND - Children, adults and dogs of all ages had the chance to show off their favorite Halloween costumes Saturday and have a little fun in the process at the Halloween Hoe-Down.
Donations brought the popular event back after a one-year absence. The event was canceled last year because the city lacked the funds to host it. This year, the Richmond Rotary Club, the Kiwanis Club of Richmond, Moberly's Martial Arts and The Allen Co. Inc. donated money to help bring the event back from the dead and into a Halloween happening once more.
The event originated in the 1940s, but in 2006, multiple Halloween festivals were incorporated into one event; the Halloween Hoe-Down conducted in front of the Madison County Courthouse.
This year's event featured multiple booths by various vendors and inflatables and free-family friendly games also were available.
New this year was Carving for a Cure, sponsored by the EKU Nursing Association. Carved pumpkins and a children's coloring contest helped raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to breast cancer research and prevention.
A highlight of the event, the dog costume contest, also was conducted. The winners of the two categories were awarded a $75 cash prize, said Anna Johnson, assistant program coordinator for the Richmond parks and recreation department.Cindy Durham and her dog Suzy won the most original costume category, while Glynn Tucker and Bobby Jack, a toy poodle, won the best two-part costume award. They were dressed as Woody from Toy Story."
The community helped make this year's event possible, Johnson said."I think not only does it show off downtown, but it brings people to the heart of the city and it's great entertainment," Johnson said.
Richmond resident William Brewer said he and his family were glad that the event had returned. Brewer attended the festivities with his two young children. He said he and his family have been coming to the event since 2006. "We've come every year with the kids, up until last year. We're so glad to see it come back this year," he said. The fact that the community helped bring the event back to Main Street was a great thing, he said. "It needs to be back; this event needs to be back. It's a tradition that Richmond needs to keep. I mean, it keeps the spirits high, it makes people feel good," Brewer said. His children enjoyed receiving candy, he said, and trick-or-treating at the Hoe-Down.
Brewer said he also was planning to take his children trick-or-treating on Oct. 30 .
Thanks to Emily Burton, reporter for the Richmond Register for her October 24, 2010 story in the Richmond Register. - firstname.lastname@example.org or at 859-624-6694
You will note in the above story that, "Glynn Tucker and Bobby Jack, a toy poodle, won the best two-part costume award. They were dressed as Woody from Toy Story.". Glynn Tucker and his wife Lesia are two of the newest members of the Kiwanis Club of Richmond.
More photos to come by October 27, 2010.
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