Ris­ing Sun Fall Spook­tac­u­lar resched­uled for Oct. 29

Wind caused event to be post­poned

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— While the rain had mostly stopped by Satur­day morn­ing, the ar­rival of 40 mph wind gusts caused or­ga­niz­ers to post­pone the Fall Spook­tac­u­lar.

Ris­ing Sun Mayor Travis Mar­ion, or­ga­nizer of this year’s town hol­i­day party, made the de­ci­sion on Satur­day morn­ing, sev­eral hours be­fore vol­un­teers would have gath­ered to pre­pare for the 2 p.m. start.

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Now, the event will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Satur­day, Oct. 29.

Mar­ion said while the rain was not nec­es­sar­ily a fac­tor — heavy rain fell overnight and there was also a rain shower in the morn­ing — it was the wind that sounded the death knell.

The pop­u­lar in­flat­a­bles were to be set up on the park­ing lot next to town hall, Mar­ion said.

“We couldn’t sta­bi­lize them with stakes, only sand­bags. It was too danger­ous,” he said Sun­day.

Ven­dors also told the mayor that their dis­plays would not stand up to the wind. So, af­ter con­fer­ring with the town po­lice and pub­lic works, Mar­ion post­poned Spook­tac­u­lar.

Now he has to fill a cou­ple of vol­un­teer spots, in­clud­ing face painters.

“I have the sup­plies. I need peo­ple to paint faces,” he said.

If there’s one bright spot in the reschedul­ing, Mar­ion said mov­ing the party to the fol­low­ing Satur­day means stu­dents from Ris­ing Sun High School who wanted to vol­un­teer are now avail­able since home­com­ing is be­hind them.

Ram­sey Ford al­ready had two brand new pickup trucks with the beds packed full of 1,500 pump­kins for Spook­tac­u­lar.

“That was an­other of my big­gest con­cerns,” Mar­ion said.

For­tu­nately, the com­pany of­fered to store the pump­kins and bring them back Satur­day.

So now the mayor is mak­ing calls to see which of his ven­dors, vol­un­teers and providers is avail­able this Satur­day when Spook­tac­u­lar will try again. Janes United Methodist Church is al­ready on board, hav­ing resched­uled Trunk-orTreat for 3 p.m.

Any­one wish­ing to vol­un­teer should call Ris­ing Sun Town Hall at 410-658-5353.

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