Spooky fun returns to fairgrounds

By Rachael Krisher - For the Enterprise and Expositor

The Spooktacular returns to the Fulton County Fairgrounds this weekend.

The Spooktacular returns to the Fulton County Fairgrounds this weekend.

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The Fulton County Fairgrounds will be hosting its third annual Spooktacular Fall Family Campout this weekend.

Camping is full for this year, with 400 campers registered, but anyone is welcome to come for the events happening throughout the weekend. Fair board member, Luanne Strauss said that the campout has “100 more campers than last year and our event continues to grow each year.”

The Spooktacular boast a weekend full of “family fun” said fair board member Julie Garrow, even for those who are not camping. Garrow and Strauss both emphasized that everyone is welcome to come enjoy the weekends’ activities at the fairgrounds. The main entrance at gate A should be utilized for entry into the fairgrounds for weekend activities and parking cost is $5 each day.

Food trucks including J&A Taco Wagon, Bubblz Tea Café, Eicher Subs, Fire in the Hole Pizza, The Barnyard, and Pomaikai Concessions will be on the main midway Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings there will be a Halloween maze in the beef barn and a haunted barn in merchant building #3.

Strauss said that the maze and haunted barn are “bigger and better than ever” with all the effort and decorating put in by the fair board and auxiliary members and sponsors, including Wal-Mart and Gerald Grain. A glow hayride will also occur both Friday and Saturday evenings beginning at Hallett Pavilion. Friday evening will also feature corn hole games at merchant building #1 and a Halloween movie playing in the poultry barn starting at 7 p.m. Free popcorn provided by F&M Bank will be available during the movie.

Saturday has a day full of activities planned to begin at 9 a.m. with a helicopter candy drop for children of all ages in the infield sponsored by Fire in the Hole Pizza. Children’s activities including a bounce house and yard games will be available on the south midway 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A craft show with 50 plus vendors will be happening from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Spangler Arena.

From noon to 2 p.m. there will be a senior and junior cornhole contest held in the park behind merchant building #1. Free s’mores sponsored by Garo Welding will be available beginning at 1 p.m. while supplies last. There will also be children’s crafts available at 1 p.m. in the Hallett Pavilion and a pumpkin launch by the grandstands from 1-2:30 p.m.

Multiple contests will be happening throughout the day at the Hallet Pavilion including a decorated pumpkin contest at 10 a.m., chili cookoff at 3 p.m., and decorated golf cart contest at 4 p.m. Decorated pumpkins should be decorated prior to the contest and brought to the Hallett Pavilion for contest entry. Chili cookoff participants should have their chili in a crockpot for the contest. The chili cookoff is another new addition to this year’s festivities and Strauss explained that the Spooktacular “continues to grow and new activities have been added each year”.

Decorated golf carts will be judged and then form a parade around the campground area of the fairgrounds. A costume contest will take place at 5 p.m. in the park area by the Biddle restrooms, followed by trick-or-treating from 5:30-6:30 p.m. throughout the campground area. Saturday evening there will be a concert by Pomegranate Whisky from 8-11 p.m. in the Sale arena. Garrow said all activities will continue for the weekend “rain or shine” so locations may be subject to change depending on the weather.

The Spooktacular returns to the Fulton County Fairgrounds this weekend.
https://www.fcnews.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2022/10/web1_Spooktacular-1.jpegThe Spooktacular returns to the Fulton County Fairgrounds this weekend. Photo provided

By Rachael Krisher

For the Enterprise and Expositor