For the 18th year, Boo Fest will return to uptown Hillsboro from 5-7 p.m. Thursday on the same night trick or treat is observed countywide.
“The weather looks like its going to rain most of the day, so it looks like we’ll hold it in the old fire house (corner of Gov. Trimble Place and North High Street) like we did last year,” said John Barney, the sales manager at WSRW in Hillsboro and WCHO in Washington C.H. that are the hosts of the event. “But if we get a window of good weather, it will be on the courthouse square.”
Local businesses and organizations will be passing out candy, the Mowrystown Lions Club will hold a costume contest in three age groups, and there will be a ticket promotion where those 18 and older can sign up for a chance to win two tickets to a year’s worth of concerts and events.
If Boo Fest is held in the former fire station, Barney said there will be several sanitation stations and doors will be open for ventilation.
Trick or treat will take place in Hillsboro and around the Highland County from 6-8 p.m. Thursday.
Barney said he continues to organize Boo Fest because of the advice a mentor and longtime fellow employee, the late Ernie Blankenship, gave him long ago.
“When I came to the radio station Ernie said, ‘You have a great avenue through the radio station to do good things for the community,’” Barney said. “He said, ‘If there’s something you can do that’s good for the community, then use the radio station for what it is.’
“We just try to help the community and let the kids have a safe trick or treat… There’s lots of people in our small communities that are involved in things like this, and that’s what makes Highland County a place you’d like to live.”
In Greenfield, city officials have also invited businesses and individuals to set up in downtown Greenfield near the City Hall building to celebrate trick or treat. The village said it will shut down a portion of South Washington Street next to the City Hall building to allow businesses to prepare and to provide more space for more people to set up.
Jefferson Street will remain open, and police officers will be posted at crosswalks for safety.
Reach Jeff Gilliland at 937-402-2522.