Butler County Times Gazette
  • Planning underway for ‘Red Brick Harvest’ in Augusta

  • Ghosts, witches, and probably more than a few princesses will be haunting downtown Augusta on October 25 for the annual trick-or-treat street and chili cook-off.
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  • Ghosts, witches, and probably more than a few princesses will be haunting downtown Augusta on October 25 for the annual trick-or-treat street and chili cook-off.
    “This year we wanted it to have more of a ‘fall festival’ feel,” said Cindy Hicks, Director of Downtown Augusta, Inc. “We have added several family-friendly events and are calling it the “Red Brick Harvest.”
    Downtown Augusta, Inc. board members and several downtown business owners met on Tuesday, August 26 to starting planning. Some of the events for children include a free movie, trick-or-treating at downtown businesses, a costume contest, a pumpkin treat bake-off, a pumpkin pie eating contest, and a pumpkin decorating contest.
    Dillon’s of Augusta will hand out free pumpkins to the first 100 kids who enter the pumpkin decorating contest. Kids will need to bring their own art supplies for the contest. For those who want to bring their own pumpkin, it is suggested that they be limited to 8-10 inches in order to be handled more easily by the judges and the children.
    “Dillon’s of Augusta and its employees are proud and excited to be a part of this community event,” said Roger Hornecker, store manager.
    This year the chili cook-off will include new categories with cash prizes, a large gift basket from Williams Seasonings, and bragging rights. The free movie, sponsored by the Augusta Arts Council, will be “Hocus Pocus.”
    “We want to make this a fun-filled, safe day for kids and their parents,” said Hicks. “But to do that, we need sponsors to help pay for the events, we need prizes, and we need volunteers to make it happen.”
    If you would like to help out you can call Cindy at Downtown Augusta, Inc. at 775-4585.

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