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Having a Ball This Fall!

What started as simple intentions to expand the annual Kidapalooza event for this year exceeded all expectations when it hosted an estimated 3,000 children from Hopkins County and the surrounding area. With the help of City employees, retail and craft vendors, specialty food vendors, and organizations providing free take-home crafts and activities for local children to enjoy--the twelfth annual Kidapalooza was the most successful one yet!

We'd like to give an extra special shout out to our Community Partners, who not only helped make this event possible, but helped make every event possible throughout 2019! So, thank you, Hopkins County Tourist and Convention Commission, Independence Bank, Baptist Health, First United Bank and Trust, Ideal Market, Olivia Event Planning, Old National Bank, Riddle Insurance, and Hancock Bank and Trust!

The day was only made better by the picture perfect weather and the smiles that shone through on the faces of everyone walking through the downtown area. Thanks to the revival of downtown window painting by the Woman's Club of Madisonville and some hardworking volunteers, a perfect Halloween scene was set. It continued to improve as children arrived in droves dressed in costumes ranging from Spiderman to Sally to Elsa to It!

By providing free booth spaces, we were able to attract 61 different vendors that offered a variety of goods and activities that stretched from handsewn scrunchies to bookmark making and mini boat racing. It was an event that allowed local non-profits and school clubs to earn money to help benefit their causes and fund field trips for involved students. With interactive booths allowing kiddos to make smores with firefighters or turn around and pick a pumpkin to paint with our first responders, focus on family time with Luke 14 Ministries, take a photo with their favorite characters from Toy Story, or do the Macarena with a T-Rex, it was an event that had something for everyone.

Music filled the air throughout the day, but wasn't as filled with excitement as when Stellar Dance Studio took the stage to provide a captive audience with three performances that ended with a rapid round of applause. The girls and boys of the studio were dressed head to toe in costume or their finest Halloween garb, dazzling smiles, and some of the best dance moves you've seen since Michael Jackson's Thriller. It was a sight to be seen, and something we were all very lucky to have been able to witness.

With corn kernel sensory play, inflatable bouncy houses, free train rides, chalk boards, pumpkin tic-tac-toe, haybale mazes, and touch-a-truck stations, there was something new tucked around every corner. The night was capped off with the outdoor screening of It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! at First United Bank Plaza as the sun went down and the cool night breeze continued to blow.

We are so thankful to have had such a successful event that was so positively embraced by everyone throughout the community. We are eternally grateful to each person who played a role in this event, big or small. We couldn't have done it without you!

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