A year ago, the Cartersville Downtown Development Authority, under new leadership, announced 2012 would be the last year it would spearhead a downtown trick-or-treat event, the likes of which had been annual tradition for many years and drew droves of dressed-up kids and their parents.
DDA Manager Tara Currier pointed to safety concerns and the $1,000 price tag for candy, signage and other items related to previous downtown trick-or-treat events, which she said was a significant economic drain on the nonprofit organization.
"While not a trick-or-treat event, there will be a kids’ corner at the Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival on Saturday, Oct. 19," Currier said about 2013. "Though the event is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., the kids’ corner will be from noon to 5 p.m. and feature bounce houses, a coloring activity, painting activity and even a fishing game utilizing the fountain in Founder’s Oak Park.
"We are also having a coloring contest that kids’ can enter from 2 to 4 p.m. that day. There will be three winners, ages 12 and under, eligible to win a free guitar and one month of lessons from Southern Guitars. The coloring sheet is available to download now at http://www.cartersvillebluegrass.com/#kids and will be available at the festival that day. This is event is free to attend."
On Halloween, downtown businesses Jordan Scott Salon, The Herb Shoppe and Young Brothers Pharmacy will give candy to costumed children, although a Young Brothers rep told Patch the store didn't buy as much candy as it had in years past.
Bartow County Parks and Recreation also is offering kids a safe way to celebrate the season and Halloween with a Fall Festival set for Halloween night.
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