Rising Sun Fall Spooktacular rescheduled for Oct. 29
Wind caused event to be postponed
— 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.
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.