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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 17, 2014

Trunk-or-treat Sunday at county fairgrounds

By VICKI TILLIS, Ledger lifestyles editor | Oct 21, 2013

The Jefferson County 4-H Teen Council is organizing its third annual trunk-or-treat for area children from 3-6 p.m. Sunday at the county fairgrounds.

“This is a free, safe, fun event for the families of our community,” said Jefferson County 4-H Youth Coordinator Courtney Taglauer.

Taglauer explained 4-H clubs, 4-H families, 4-H affiliates and invited community organizations and businesses each will be setting up a vehicle, car, truck, van or livestock trailer and decorating it as elaborately or as simple as they wish, and passing out candy to trunk-or-treaters.

As of Friday afternoon, Taglauer had heard from five community organizations and businesses — Iowa State Bank, Libertyville Savings Bank, Louden Depot Community Credit Union, Advance America and the Jefferson County Farm Bureau Women — planning to participate in the free activity.

Taglauer also had heard from at least five 4-H clubs and a couple of 4-H families planning to set up for trunk-or-treat.

Taglauer asked that any other 4-H clubs, families and invited participants planning to set up a vehicle register with her as soon as possible by calling 472-4166 or emailing ctag@iowastate.edu. Planning the event will be a little easier knowing how many trunk-or-treat vehicles to expect, she explained.

Trunk-or-treat vehicles will be set up near the activity building and the show arena, while parking for the public will be in the regular fairgrounds parking area. Jefferson County Fair Board members will help direct parking.

Teen Council members will set up free games, such as a pingpong ball toss, for children to play in the show arena and the McCleary Building.

Taglauer said the Teen Council members also will be selling 25-cent popcorn and hot chocolate.

New this year, the Teen Council will have a fundraising cakewalk during trunk-or-treat. For 25 cents to $1, walkers can try to win cupcakes, cakes and more.

4-H’ers and their families are asked to contribute cookies, cupcakes, cakes and other items for the cakewalk.

Taglauer said each child at trunk-or-treat will receive a Jefferson County 4-H goody-bag with a 4-H wristband, pencil, bookmark, stickers, crayons and a glow stick.

If the weather is rainy, Taglauer said participants can set up under the show arena and in the McCleary Building.

“If it’s cold, we’ll have places to get inside and warm up,” she said.

Last year, it was estimated 300 to 400 children and their families attended the Teen Council’s Halloween trunk-or-treat event.

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