Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

Local News

October 25, 2010

Pet Parade, downtown trick or treat are Thursday

AMERICUS — Halloween events in Americus will kick off at 4 p.m. Thursday with the annual Pet Parade, sponsored by the Americus Kiwanis Club. Registration begins at 3 p.m. in front of the First Presbyterian Church on Jackson Street.

According to the event chair, Kevin Kwashnak people of all ages are invited to come and enjoy the parade, but participation is open only to those children under 13 years of age, and their pets.

The top three participants in the categories of individual costume and costume with a pet will received prizes. The participants will be judged based on creativity and originality.

Kwashnak says that the Kiwanis Pet Parade was first held in 1947, and has been an Americus tradition ever since and has become multi-generational affair with, many former participants bringing their children. He says that Henry Teaford was the first ever winner of the Pet Parade contest and is still an active member of Kiwanis today.

“Every year the event is a lot of fun for all of the children involved,” Kwashnak said.

For more information contact Kevin Kwashnak at 942-7183 or Jody Wade at 924-8888.

Downtown Trick or Treat will begin immediately following the Pet Parade. Americus Main Street manager Angie Singletary says that 32 downtown businesses are participating in this year’s event and some new businesses from outside of the downtown are pitching in.

According to Singletary, Walgreen’s will set up a photo booth; Pizza Hut will be giving away coupons to participants and Providence Psychological Services will be on hand as well with prizes.

“We are glad to see a lot of new community involvement,” Singletary said.

She said that over 3,000 kids come downtown yearly for the Pet Parade.

“It is close behind Taste of Sumter as the premier event in downtown as far as the number of people that come out,” she said.

Beginning at 3:30 p.m. the conclusion of the Pet Parade wristbands will be given out in front of the First Presbyterian Church. All children must have a wristband and must be accompanied by a parent or adult friend. Each trick or treater must have on a costume. Participating businesses will have “Welcome Trick or Treat” sings in the window. For more information contact Angie Singletary at 924-4411.

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