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October Halifest returns complete with a plethora of activities

The great pumpkins have arrived in the Town of Halifax just in time for the second annual October Halifest to be held on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., rain or shine, at the Town of Halifax Farmers Market.  

This year’s event has partnered with many non-profit organizations and local businesses to present a family fun-filled day of fall activities, according to Halifax Events Coordinator Susi Robbins. 

The United Way and Benchmark Bank will sponsor the funny face pumpkin painting contest with first, second and third place prize money.  

Mentor Role Model and Abbott Farm Supply will sponsor the scarecrow making, and participants may bring their own clothes to personalize their scarecrow.  

Blessed Hope Church will sponsor a free bouncy house. 

The Lions Club will provide free children’s eye screening, collect old eyeglasses for recycling and take orders for their annual fruit sale. 

Ms. Kidd, also known as Smiley the Clown, will be handing out Lions Club balloons and candy. 

Lucky the Pig, mascot from Smokin’ Jakes, will entertain.  

Halifax County Little Theater will sponsor free face painting, and Halifax Fire Department will have two fire trucks and a smokehouse as well as information on fire safety.  

The Halifax Police Department will provide information on crime prevention and gun safety.  Gun safe-locks will be handed out until they run out. 

The Halifax Sheriff’s Department will have the Cuffin’ Cancer Cruiser on display, and in support of the Halifax County Cancer Association, T-shirts and hoodies will be on sale.  

Halifax Farmers Market will have for sale delicious stew, produce, meats, homemade breads and baked goods, soaps, sugar body scrubs and herbs. 

“There will be something for everyone, and you might even spot Big Foot at the Farmers Market,” Robbins said. 

Three live music acts and two dance demos will provide entertainment during the event.  

Food vendors will offer Pelican’s SnoBalls, Ollies barbeque, nachos, hot dogs, hamburgers and bologna burgers.  

Local art and craft and product vendors will be there to help those attending get started on their holiday gift giving.  

“Come celebrate fall and join us at the second annual October Halifest,” Robbins said.