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October Halifest draws hundreds

More than 500 people made their way to the Halifax Farmers Market Saturday for a day of food, fun and festivities during October Halifest.

Sponsored by the Town of Halifax, the first ever Halifest was a success, according to Event Coordinator Susi Robbins. 

The Farmers Market sold out of stew during the event and raised more than $600 for new tables, scales, tents and other equipment for the market next year, Robbins said.

A total of 36 vendors from Halifax County and surrounding counties came out to sell their goods to the crowds, and 9-year–old Kirsten Wellons along with Linda and Mark Satterfield provided live entertainment. The Halifax Hillbillies also performed Saturday during the festivities.

 The Halifax County Fire Department was on site with two fire trucks and their fire safety demonstration trailer.

 Belinda Poole gave a Zumba demonstration, and the Farmers Market vendors presented Town Assistant Denise Barksdale with a gift for all her hard work during the season.

 Louise the Clown entertained the kids during the event and passed out goodies in bags donated by Margie and Terry Mchoe. 

Kids were able to pet miniature ponies at the petting farm provided by Carl Hurd, and the Halifax County Little Theater provided body painting and dress up. The Humane Society was also at the event adopting out kittens.

 A local bank sponsored a pumpkin-carving contest with $35 being awarded to the first place winner.

  Harper Ballance was the first place winner, Maelyn Freshour was the second place winner, and Carrie Midkiff was the third place winner.

 Those who attended really enjoyed the festivities, Robbins said, and local resident Lorrie Bray said, “Everything was wonderful.”

 Bray said she initially came out to the event because of her mother, and she was glad she came because she really enjoyed the great prices and the animals.

 Barbara Waller and her grandsons, Hunter and Mason Powell, also enjoyed the event saying the food and the musical entertainment provided by Kirsten Wellons was wonderful.

 Liza Fulton with Halifax County Chamber of Commerce said, “It’s a great event. There are lots of local vendors, music, food and a petting zoo. It’s awesome for the kids. My kids have enjoyed that. It’s really good for people to come out to Halifax and see what they have to offer.”