The Bradley Square Mall will host trick-or-treating and a Family Fall Festival Sunday, 4 to 6 p.m.
The festival is being sponsored by Westwood Baptist Church and Living Word Church.
The stores in the mall will be giving youngsters free treats.
The churches will be offering fun, games, entertainment and more as an alternative Halloween designation.
Fall Festival planned
at First Baptist Church
A Fall Festival will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church at the Stuart Road campus.
Shuttle transportation will be available from the YMCA, Hobby Lobby and Family Life Center beginning at 5 p.m.
Attendees are asked to bring canned food item to donate to the Manna Ministry.
There will be free food, nachos, cotton candy, popcorn and hot dogs.
There will also be carnival games, inflatable games, pony rides and petting zoo. Friendly costumes are welcomed.
The free fun is designed for the whole family.
Tours of the new facility will also be available during the Fall Festival.
Library to offer
Cleveland Bradley County Library will be holding a Halloween Storytelling on Thursday, 7 p.m., in the Carmichael House Children’s Room.
Deborah Holland will be “delightful tales” to stir up the Halloween spirit. This is a family event.
Refreshments will be served.
Painted Pumpkin Contest winners to be displayed
The Painted Pumpkin Contest will feature the creativity of local students. All Bradley County and Cleveland City Elementary Schools were invited to participate. The pumpkins will be on display at Bank of Cleveland’s main office throughout the MainStreet Halloween Block Party.
“The creativity of the students is amazing. You have to come by and see the Painted Pumpkins for yourself to truly appreciate the hard work that goes into each one,” said Christy Griffith, senior vice president of Bank of Cleveland.
The community is encouraged to stop by Bank of Cleveland's main office during the Halloween season and visit the “Painted Pumpkin Patch.”
competition set at Museum
The Museum Center at 5ive Points is hosting its fifth annual Pumpkin Carving Contest.
This judged contest is sponsored each year by Guthrie Pumpkin Farm and Corn Maze.
Those wishing to enter the contest should have their carved pumpkins to the Museum by Friday, between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Saturday, between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Three prizes will be awarded and winners will receive $100, $50, and $25 for first, second, and third place.
Prizes will be awarded Saturday at 3:30. The pumpkins must remain on display at the Museum during the Annual Tall Betsy Storytelling Night on Sunday, from 4:30 to 9 p.m.
Admission is free for this evening of family-friendly Halloween stories, and visits from Tall Betsy.
Benton Arts and Heritage Days are Saturday, Sunday
Benton Arts and Heritage Days are planned for Saturday and Sunday in downtown Benton on the courthouse square.
There will be live music, food vendors, a quilt show, art demonstrations, a spinning wheel with live alpacas on site from which to sheer the wool, crafts, boats, a bouncy house and a Halloween costume parade.
Local quilters will be holding “Quilt Court” in the form of a quilt show located in the old courtroom on the third floor of the historic Polk County courthouse throughout the two-day event.
Quilts spanning several generations will be draped across the old courtroom benches. An elevator is available inside the courthouse that will take spectators directly to the courtroom.
An eight-foot quilt square, which marks the Polk County News as a Apalachian Quilt Trail destination, will be dedicated during the festival.
Members of the RC&D Council will be on hand with information about the trail, which dots the rural landscape with quilt blocks.
Saturday’s entertainment, paid for by grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission and Tennessee Overhill Heritage Association, are as follows:
1 p.m. — Lakeside (Bluegrass Gospel)
1:45 p.m. — Silvia Holiday (Acoustic)
2:15 p.m. — Lakeside
3:00 p.m. — Storytelling by Judy Baker
3:30 p.m. — Just Us (Bluegrass)
4:15 p.m. — Storytelling by Judy Baker
5 p.m. — Just Us
6 p.m. — Dana Rogers (Acoustic)
7:30 p.m. — Double Shot (Country)
Saturday also features a watercolor demonstration by local artist Marie Spaeder-Haas from 1 to 3 p.m.
Spaeder-Haas will be painting a rendition of Jim Caldwell’s photograph of the old Hiwassee Church reflecting in the Hiwassee River.
A boat show and fly-tying will be located on the south side of the courthouse. A bouncy room and other activities for kids will be available.
Alicia Sloan will do a demonstration with clay art and will offer pottery, purses, jewelry, paintings and other art for sale.
Vendors will offer a variety of foods, candy, crochet items, candles, paintings, books, jewelry, glass etching, musical instruments made from wood, photography, Native American crafts, hairbows, gift baskets and more all around the downtown area both days.
The United Daughters of the Confederacy will also be on hand through the event dressed in period costumes.
A tractor show is slated for Saturday at Benton IGA on Hwy. 411, just south of the courthouse square.
Hayrides will be provided from Benton IGA to downtown enabling people to ride a wagon and easily go from the tractor show to the downtown events.
Sunday’s festivities will begin at 1 p.m. and gospel music acts will perform throughout the day. New Paved Road, along with singers from Welcome Valley Baptist Church, Zion Valley Baptist Church and Chestuee Baptist will perform.
The evening will finish with a costume parade around the courthouse square at 6 p.m. Candy will be available for trick-or-treaters.
Fantasy Maze planned at Tennessee Riverpark
Hamilton County Parks and Recreation will host the Ninth Annual Fantasy Maze at the Tennessee Riverpark Friday and Saturday, from 6 to 9 p.m.
The Fantasy Maze features cartoon heroes and classic characters hidden deep within a 1,500-bale straw maze. There will be no threatening characters or scary atmosphere at this event. Characters will give candy and trinkets and provide photo opportunities.
Children are encouraged to wear costumes and bring treat bags.
Admission is $3 per child (adults and children under 2 are free).
Additional fees for inflatable games are $1 each. Concessions will be available.
For more information call 842-6748.
PumpkinFest 2010 set
by MainStreet Dayton
MainStreet Dayton will host its fifth annual PumpkinFest 2010 on Friday and Saturday.
Participants in “Scary-oke” are asked to dress like the performer they’ll be portraying. There will be several prize categories, including a People’s Choice award. Votes can be purchased for 25-cents.
The First Bank-sponsored Perfectly Pumpkin Pie and Cake Baking Contest will be held on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., with a public viewing at 4:30 p.m.
The Lions Club will host a $5 breakfast on Saturday, from 7 to 10 a.m. that includes pancakes, sausage and orange juice. Coffee can be purchased for $1.