No age limit for trick or treating

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The DeKalb County Council on Aging will host its second Fall Festival at the Tom Bevill Enrichment Center next Friday.

On Oct. 26, DeKalb residents over the age of 60 are invited to attend the free event with food, games, door prizes, music and a costume contest.

The festival will be from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and transportation will be provided from each of the seven nutrition centers in the county.

Brenda Pettry, nutrition coordinator and festival organizer for the COA, said local various entities will set up tables to allow participants to trick or treat throughout the event, and tabletop games will be available to play.

“We’re going to have a costume contest, and we’re going to have different tables set up for seniors to trick or treat with bags,” Pettry said. “We’re gonna have music, prizes and we’ll give trophies for the first, second, third, funniest and most original costumes.”

Participants are encouraged to be creative with their costumes, Pettry said.

“We’ve seen a lot of things,” Pettry said. “We’ve seen cowboys, soldiers, old-fashioned ladies with bonnets, Wizard of Oz characters, Disney characters, just anything the seniors can think up.”

Pettry said she decided to start the fall festival to replace the COA’s annual picnic in June.

“I usually do a county picnic in June, but with Masters Games and all the other things we had, like prom, it gets a little crowded around that time,” Pettry said.

From now on, they will try to continue the festival in October and leave the spring and summer months open for the state competitions, she said.

This year’s event is sponsored by Cigna HealthSpring, but donations from participants and the community will be accepted to cover food costs.

For more information, call Pettry at the Council on Aging at 256-845-8590.

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