by Lisa Tome
The U.S. military could use someone like Desiree Davis.
Davis, a community volunteer, has recruited more than two dozen people to help her bring this year's downtown Rising Sun Fall Spooktacular to fruition.
The event is set for Saturday, October 18 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. It is free and open to all ages.
"Last year, since it was our first event, we were scattered with organization. This year, we are more organized and have more volunteers and new staff," said Mayor Travis Marion.
The event has also undergone a name change. Last year it was known as the Halloween Spooktacular. Marion said the Fall Spooktacular is more inclusive. "Fall is now being used because we don't want to disclude anyone. We have more churches involved now that it's the Fall Spooktacular," he said.
North Queen Street will be closed prior to and all during the event. Police Chief Chip Peterson suggests that those who are attending park at Rising Sun Middle School, the NBRS lot, or Rising Sun Towne Center. The events will be held in the municipal parking lot next to Sun Pharmacy, in the pavilion across from town hall, and in the common area across from the municipal parking lot.
There will be pumpkin painting, two hayrides, costume contests, a Nerf Battlefield, Zorbs, mechanical bull rides, games, and more. The Community Fire Company of Rising Sun's Rehab 8 staff of volunteers will be selling food. Kilby Cream will also be on site with the Moo Mobile. There will also be pony rides, provided due to a donation from Armstrong, and vendor booths where children can Trick or Treat for candy. Zombies in the Zoo will be staging demonstrations throughout the day.
The costume contests will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the pavilion. Age categories will be 0-5, 5-10, 10-15, and 16 and up.
Davis said that people have been generous with donations - both businesses and individuals.
Mayor Marion said that everything has been donated. He said the town has paid for a banner and flyers to advertise the event. Anyone who would like to make a last minute donation or participate may call town hall at 410-658-5353.