The 2013 edition of the St. Clair Boo Bash will resemble more of a “trunk or treat” event for children, even though vendors still will be invited to show off and sell their wares.
The city’s parks and recreation board discussed the annual holiday event during two July meetings and made the decision to alter the format.
“I think it will be a good change and keep the event very enjoyable for kids,” park board President Linda Luetje-Nelson said. “We’re looking forward to putting it on again.”
In past years, Boo Bash has included vendor opportunities similar to what takes place during the city’s big annual party — Freedom Fest. This year, those vendors still may show up and participate, but the focus mainly will be on providing treats for children up to age 12 who don their Halloween costumes.
In fact, any vendor who wants to show up may do so for free, but the vendor must bring candy to distribute at no charge to children who show up for the annual Halloween parade.
This year’s Boo Bash has been scheduled from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Orchard Park.
The event will start with the annual parade of costumes at 3 p.m. During that time, dressed-up children will walk from booth to booth and receive candy while showing off their costumes.
Then, costume judging will take place in four age groups. Children ages 0 to 2 will be judged at 3:15, ages 3-5 will follow at 3:30, ages 6-8 will be judged at 3:45 and youths ages 9-12 will be judged at 4 p.m. Prizes will be awarded.
Plans are being discussed to include a hayride around the Orchard Park trail for children who attend.
There has been no decision yet as to whether Boo Bash will include the St. Clair Jaycees Chili Cook-Off. During the past few years, the two events have been combined to attract a larger crowd and more participation for each.
When recently contacted, Jaycees President Stephanie Smith said a decision on this year’s chili cook-off has not been made. Smith said she needs volunteers to sign up to help in order to make the event a reality again this year.
Smith and park board members continue to discuss the cook-off, and a final decision will be made soon.
The local park board also decided that the 2014 Freedom Fest will take place on Friday and Saturday, June 20-21, at Orchard Park.
Board members have agreed that they want Lantis Fireworks of Eureka to continue to provide the fireworks show that concludes the festival on Saturday night.
The money for the show will be included in the park department’s 2014 budget request.
Board members began working on the annual park budget in July. More work on it is scheduled in August.
Board members also are working on finalizing the 2014 vendor form for Freedom Fest.