Hal­loween Pa­rade slated Oct. 21

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The Boy­er­town Hal­loween Pa­rade As­so­ci­a­tion’s 65th An­nual Hal­loween Pa­rade will be held on Saturday, Oct. 21, com­menc­ing at 7 p.m. The rain date for this event is Sun­day, Oct. 22.

This year’s pa­rade route is as fol­lows: be­gin at Sec­ond and Madi­son Streets, north to Philadelphia Av­enue, west on Philadelphia Av­enue to south on Read­ing Av­enue, to South War­wick Street, left onto East Sec­ond Street on South Washington, right on East 3rd Street, south onto Mon­roe. The pa­rade will leave up 2nd Street and turn left onto Franklin.

For­ma­tion will be­gin at the Boy­er­town El­e­men­tary School, Boy­er­town Ju­nior High School West, and Fed­eral-Mogul park­ing lots.

WRFY (102.5 FM) will be the MC’s for the pa­rade this year. They, along with the judges will be lo­cated at the front sides of the Friend­ship Hook and Lad­der Fire Com­pany on Third and War­wick Streets.

Prize money to­tal­ing over $2,230 and tro­phies will be awarded in the fol­low­ing cat­e­gories: Float (any size) Drill & Ba­ton Unit, Best Scout­ing unit, Cos­tumed Group (2 or more), In­di­vid­ual and Most Original. Each cat­e­gory will be awarded a First, Sec­ond, Third, and Fourth Prize. All chil­dren who par­tic­i­pate in the pa­rade(groups and in­di­vid­u­als) will re­ceive treat bags with

candy and coupons from lo­cal busi­nesses.

Busi­nesses may com­pete in the Com­mer­cial cat­e­gory. A large tro­phy will be awarded to the win­ner un­der the Com­mer­cial cat­e­gory. A large tro­phy will be awarded to the win­ner un­der the Com­mer­cial cat­e­gory. Busi­nesses, how­ever, may still ad­ver­tise their busi­ness in the pa­rade with­out be­ing judged. A small do­na­tion is re­quired for any ad­ver­tis­ing in the pa­rade.

In­di­vid­ual walk­ers are to reg­is­ter at the first di­vi­sion which is lo­cated at the Berks Wiper park­ing lot on the night of the pa­rade. An area at the lower end of the park­ing lot will be des­ig­nated for walk­ers. In­di­vid­ual walk­ers need not pr­ereg­is­ter.

To help al­le­vi­ate the con­ges­tion be­fore the pa­rade at Sec­ond and Madi­son Streets, the Boy­er­town Hal­loween Pa­rade As­so­ci­a­tion are ask­ing that the fol­low­ing en­trances be used by pa­rade par­tic­i­pants to reach their for­ma­tion ar­eas:

Di­vi­sion #1 and in­di­vid­ual walk­ers- come in on Route 562 (Read­ing Av­enue), turn onto Sec­ond Street (turn right if com­ing into Boy­er­town, turn left if head­ing out of Boy­er­town).

Di­vi­sion #2- come in on Route 100, turn onto Jackson Road (turn right if com­ing from Boy­er­town, turn left if com­ing from Pottstown), left onto Swine­hart Road, right onto Mill Street, right onto En­glesville Road, right onto Madi­son Street.

Di­vi­sion #3- come in on Route 100, turn onto Jackson Road (turn right if com­ing from Boy­er­town, turn left if com­ing from Pottstown), right onto Swine­hart Road, and then left onto Sec­ond Street.

Vendor spots are still avail­able for any ven­dors, lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions, clubs, etc. who would like to sell food and/or nov­el­ties along the pa­rade route. Any busi­ness or in­di­vid­ual who would like to do­nate to the pa­rade can write to the Boy­er­town Hal­loween Pa­rade As­so­ci­a­tion at 105 Miller Road Bech­telsville.

The reg­is­tra­tion dead­line is Fri­day, Oct. 13. For ad­di­tional pa­rade in­for­ma­tion and reg­is­tra­tion, call 610310-8497.

Due to safety con­cerns, re­lated park­ing, traf­fic and pedes­trian traf­fic, pa­rade spec­ta­tors are ad­vised to re­frain from plac­ing blan­kets, chairs, or other items on the side­walk, along the pa­rade route 24 hours be­fore the event. Any items placed on the side­walk be­fore Fri­day at 7 p.m. will be re­moved and dis­posed of by the Bor­ough of Boy­er­town.

Res­i­dents and guests are asked to ob­serve the park­ing re­stric­tions in ef­fect, on the pa­rade route un­til 2 a.m. This will help the bor­ough street crew com­plete a thor­ough clean up, in­clud­ing street sweep­ing along the curbs.

The Boy­er­town Hal­loween Pa­rade As­so­ci­a­tion ex­tend pre­cau­tion to spec­ta­tors who do­nate along the pa­rade route. Prob­lems have arisen over the years from other groups and or­ga­ni­za­tions not as­so­ci­ated with the Boy­er­town Hal­loween Pa­rade As­so­ci­a­tion who are ask­ing for do­na­tions along the pa­rade route be­fore the As­so­ci­a­tion has had the chance to so­licit.

Since this is one of the ma­jor sources of in­come for the As­so­ci­a­tion to keep the pa­rade an en­ter­tain­ing event for the Boy­er­town Com­mu­nity, they are ask­ing those who give along the pa­rade route to give only to the Boy­er­town Hal­loween Pa­rade As­so­ci­a­tion. Any­one else be­sides the As­so­ci­a­tion so­lic­it­ing for do­na­tions along the pa­rade route is not as­so­ci­ated with the Boy­er­town Hal­loween Pa­rade As­so­ci­a­tion and they do not have a per­mit to do so.

DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

The 65th An­nual Boy­er­town Hal­loween Pa­rade will be held Saturday, Oct. 21.

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